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We are delighted to invite you to apply to the  2024 Vanderbilt Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates Program in Chemical Biology, sponsored by the  National Science Foundation  and the  Vanderbilt Institute of Chemical Biology  (VICB). The objective of the REU program is to introduce students to the excitement and importance of research in chemical biology through a mix of educational and research activities. This ten-week program runs from May 28, 2024 to August 2, 2024 .

Students will choose from a list of interdisciplinary projects and will be co-mentored by faculty in Chemistry and the School of Medicine.  Students will be assigned to individual research groups and will broaden their horizons though a variety of experiences that include participating in a mini-symposium on drug discovery, attending seminars given by VICB faculty working across disciplinary lines, and participating in weekly discussions on topics such as scientific ethics and publication. See Training Faculty page to view faculty mentors participating this summer.

Our objective is to bring together a select group of 10  rising sophomore, junior, and senior chemistry, biochemistry/biology majors with high potential for careers in chemical biology research at the graduate level.



  1. The application deadline is February 28, 2024. Applications for the 2024 program have been closed. All positions are filled.
  2. Students entering their junior or senior years are given priority.
  3. Undergraduates majoring in the physical or natural sciences (primarily chemistry and biology) will be given priority.
  4. A minimum undergraduate science GPA of 3.0 is required.
  5. Two letters of recommendation are required from your academic major advisor and/or from a faculty member in the sciences who has supervised your research or taught a course in which you were enrolled. Both letters should be attached to your electronic application.
  6. Undergraduate transcripts should be attached to your electronic application. (Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.)
  7. REU participants must be United States citizens.


Admission Decisions

Final decisions are made on the basis of overall potential to conduct meaningful research and a “best fit” between the research faculty and the summer participant’s background and interest.


Application Instructions

To apply for the REU program, please follow the instructions provided in the link below. Once you do, you will be able to enter data into the application form, save it, and return to the form to change or add information, if necessary. The saved data will be accessible by Vanderbilt REU staff. When your application is complete, submit it, and this will send your final application to the Program Coordinator. You will not be able to make further changes to your application once it has been submitted.

Please Note:  This is the same application system used by our graduate/professional admissions team.  The e-mails generated by the application system will come from "Vanderbilt Graduate/Professional Admissions," but the REU team will still receive all information from your application.

Applicants can access the application by clicking here.