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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.


Conferences and Expositions

The Department of Chemistry will have representatives present at the following events to answer your questions about our department, the Graduate Program in Chemistry, and summer research opportunities. Be sure to check event websites for expo days and hours. Please stop by and see us. We would love to meet you!

ACS National Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts, August 19-23, 2018   

Big Ten+ Grad School Expo at Purdue’s West Lafayette, Indiana campus, September 30 - October 1, 2018

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Grad School Fair in Terre Haute, IN, October 1, 2018

2018 SACNAS: The National Diversity in STEM Conference *, San Antonio, Texas – October 11-13, 2018

ABRCMS 2018 * in Indianapolis, Indiana – November 14-17, 2018

*Diversity conference. Registrants at these conferences are eligible for graduate school fee waivers. 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

Coming Soon!