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Graduate Program in Chemistry


Interdisciplinary Research
The Graduate Program in Chemistry provides students with a solid foundation in chemistry, while recognizing that solutions to many important problems require interdisciplinary training. Students in our program have the opportunity to learn techniques, tools, perspectives, concepts, and/or theories from multiple disciplines as the background in specialized knowledge necessary to advance fundamental understanding or solve problems.

Interdisciplinary Initiatives

As chemical research becomes more sophisticated and interdisciplinary, an increasingly broad range of instrumental techniques is required to advance scientific knowledge. The Department of Chemistry encourages interdisciplinary research through collaborations within the university and medical school. Interdisciplinary research in chemistry is available with particular emphasis on chemical biology, environmental chemistry, materials chemistry, and nanotechnology. The following interdisciplinary programs provide exceptional opportunities for highly motivated graduate researchers:

Vanderbilt Institute of Chemical Biology (VICB)
Vanderbilt Institute of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (VINSE)
Vanderbilt Institute for Integrative Biosystems Research and Education (VIIBRE)
Vanderbilt University Center for Structural Biology

In the Classroom

Chemistry faculty are respected senior researchers, educators, developers, and entrepreneurs who take their commitment to preparing graduate students for a myriad of careers and postdoctoral education seriously. Students are challenged in the classroom by senior faculty to develop a strong foundation in chemistry that paves the way to professional opportunities.

In the Lab

With Vanderbilt's nationally recognized medical center located a block away from chemistry labs, students in the Graduate Program in Chemistry learn to work cohesively with peers and senior scientists from across the Vanderbilt community. Investigators from different fields - medicine, engineering, biology, physics - come together to find new ways of resolving challenges of health, the environment, energy, and society.

Beyond the Lab

VU Chemistry is part of the vibrant life of Vanderbilt, a major top 20 university and Tier 1 research institution, located in Nashville, Tennessee, a city known for its music, innovation, entrepreneurship, and dynamic quality of life.

Financial Aid

The Graduate Program in Chemistry provides year-round financial support, guaranteed for 5 full years, to all full-time graduate students in good standing. This financial support is typically in the form of fellowships, research assistantships, training grants, and/or teaching assistantships and includes tuition, health insurance, and a competitive stipend that helps cover living and transportation expenses.

For the 2021-2022 academic year, the support package is valued at more than $83,000/year.
100% Tuition Scholarship: $51,600
Stipend: $32,000
Paid Health Insurance: $3,515


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