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Our goal is to foster a diverse community of students, faculty, and staff in regards to race, gender, religious beliefs, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, family status, or socio-economic level. The Department of Chemistry is passionate about holding diversity and inclusion at the forefront of considerations. We recognize the importance of equity and diversity as a contribution to excellence within our department and strive to continue to expand our efforts.

Diversity Initiatives

NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates

The Department of Chemistry offers Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) funded by the National Science Foundation. These programs provide opportunities for visiting students to work closely with faculty, post-doctoral students, and our graduate students on research projects. The coordinators for these programs are particularly interested in diversifying their fields and strongly encourage applications for underrepresented racial minorities and women.

REU in Chemical Biology

Vanderbilt Institute of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (VINSE) REU


Graduate School Application Fee Waivers

The Vanderbilt Graduate School and the Department of Chemistry offer graduate school application fee waivers to attendees at qualifying conferences and fairs that aim to increase diversity. In addition, participants in Vanderbilt-sponsored programs are also eligible for fee waivers. Visit the fee waiver information page for more details and for a full list of qualifying programs.


Nashville Area Student and Professional NOBCChE Chapter

NOBCChE (National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers) is a non-profit professional organization dedicated to assisting black and other minority students and professionals in fully realizing their potential in academic, professional, and entrepreneurial pursuits in chemistry, chemical engineering, and allied fields. Vanderbilt's Chemistry Department is involved in the Nashville Student and Professional NOBCChE Chapter. For more information, please e-mail


Recruiting Events

The Department of Chemistry offers graduate school application fee waivers* at various diversity conferences and events. Be sure to check our recruiting events page for upcoming events. Please stop by and see us. We would love to meet you!

*Recruiting event attendees must register at the Vanderbilt Chemistry booth to be eligible for an application fee waiver. Fee waivers are only available at qualifying diversity events. Must be a U.S. Citizen to qualify.


PhD Pre-VU Recruitment Event

The Department of Chemistry is an active participant in the graduate school’s VU-EDGE PhD Pre-VU Recruitment event, which provides an opportunity for a select group of highly talented underrepresented students to learn more about the PhD programs at Vanderbilt and the process of developing from a graduate student into an independent researcher. Visit the Pre-VU page to learn more about this opportunity.

Other Resources

Vanderbilt Graduate School Diversity Initiatives

Vanderbilt Diversity and Inclusion – offers information on Vanderbilt University offices, student organizations, and other helpful resources

Student Testimonials

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