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Undergraduate Research

Beckman Scholars Program

The Beckman Scholars Program provides scholarships that contribute significantly in advancing the education, research training and personal development of select students in chemistry, biochemistry, and the biological and medical sciences. The sustained, in-depth undergraduate research experiences and comprehensive faculty mentoring are unique in terms of program scope, content and level of scholarship awards ($17,600 for two summers and one academic year).

Vanderbilt Summer Undergraduate Research in Chemical Biology Program

The program runs for 10 weeks, and is a hands-on course designed to introduce chemistry, biochemistry, and biology students to the research processes and the interdisciplinary nature of contemporary research. Students participate in a mini-symposium on drug discovery, attend seminars given by Vanderbilt Institute of Chemical Biology faculty working across disciplinary lines and participate in weekly discussions on relevant topics. The summer program provides a $4,500 stipend, on-campus housing, and $500 in travel expenses to Vanderbilt. Learn more »


Faculty members within the Vanderbilt Institute of Chemical Biology have summer positions for undergraduates. To find these positions, undergraduates should go to the VICB Members page and search for faculty who are doing research that interests them. They should then contact that faculty member directly to inquire about summer research opportunities. Each faculty member who has a position will provide instructions for applying to his/her laboratory. Students are encouraged to make these inquiries early in the spring semester, before positions are filled.