Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate Research at VinUniversity is a core part of the training and education of VinUni students. VinUni recognizes that research skills and competencies are not just critical for those who wish to purse academic work, but for any person who wishes to be a contributor, leader and a change maker in the society. Research skills of systematic inquiry, information gathering, critical analysis, problem solving, resilience and focus, interpretation and communication, are core life skills that are part of VinUni’s mission for students!

First year students are already engaged in independent research under the guidance of VinUni faculty members, and working with faculty on their Seed Grants and other research projects.




KICKSTART is your opportunity to spend a week focused on learning the researching skills you’ve always wanted to tackle. In accepting this quest, you are in for an adventure featuring workshops, fun mini-events, challenges, panels, and more.

Details at https://vinuniresearchbootcamp.org/

Our one-week immersive event has five main pillars…



During the research week, different workshops will be organized for you to be trained and prepared for your final research proposal. You can pick and choose the workshops you want attend, based on your research topic and interest.



Interested Faculty will be invited to present their research so that you can decide who will be your mentor to work with and consult for your project ideas. We invite inspired speakers to give talks on their favorite projects, share experience, or important skills on how to conduct a research topic.



Hosting a Mini-Event is an awesome way to give students a break, add a little excitement, and have some fun! Entertaining games aim to be team-building games to strengthen the connection among every member in each team.



Level up skills and experience points by attending workshops and completing challenges. The challenges will vary in difficulty and category, but all will take you on a quest to learn something new! You will earn prizes based on your overall experience points.



At the beginning of the Research Bootcamp, each team will announce the research topic that they will be working on throughout the week.
After the workshop series and training for necessary research skills, all the teams will submit:

  • A written research proposal
  • A PowerPoint slide deck (16:9) for live presentation

Each team will then present their proposals and presentations to the university committee, who will then evaluate and give awards, academic and financial support for future research and implementation.


The regular application deadline closes on 01 December at 11:59 PM EST. Be sure to register as soon as possible to guarantee your spot on the journey!



Introduction to Undergraduate Research Workshop Series:

Provide foundational information to students about the importance and relevance of research in education and for society, principles and practices of doing research with responsibility, and practical tips on information literacy.

Our goal is that students can learn and adopt the behaviors and attitudes necessary to become successful scientists.

Session 1: Monday, Jan 11 

Speaker: Professor Minh Do 

Time: 4:45-6 pm 

Location: C202 Lecture Hall 

Topics: Introduction to Research (55 mins) 

Table of contents: 

  • What is research? Why research? 
  • What is the research process? 
  • What are the possible outcomes of research? 
  • How is research evaluated? 
  • What are the expectations from researchers at VinUni? 

To watch this workshop, click here.

To see the slides, click here.


Upcoming Workshop: 

Session 2:Tuesday, Jan 18 

Speaker: Amita Verma 

Time: 4:45-6 pm 

Location: C202 Lecture Hall 

Topic: “Responsibility in Research: Rigor, Reproducibility, Ethics and Research Misconduct” (55 mins) 

Table of contents: 

  • Rigor and Reproducibility 
  • Ethics: humans, animals, biosafety, lab safety, data management (privacy, security) 
  • Avoiding misconduct: plagiarism, data fabrication, falsification 

Session 3: Thursday, Jan 19 

Speaker: Library Staff 

Time: 4:45-6 pm 

Location: C202 Lecture Hall 

Topic:  “Information Literary: Using the library resources for Literature Searches” – Ha To Tam and Library staff (55 mins) 

Table of content: 

  • Principles and best practices for literature review 
  • Using databases for literature search 

Resources for the workshop can be found here.