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Program Overview

  Program Basics:

  • The 10-week program runs from May 30 to August 4, 2023.
  • A stipend of $6,000 will be granted.
  • The REU program will arrange on-campus housing.
  • Participants will work under the mentorship of faculty members, graduate students and senior research associates. Most students work approximately 40 hours per week in state of the art laboratory space.
  • A variety of activities have been arranged for the summer participants:
    - Weekly lunch meetings
    - Social activities with other Vanderbilt summer students including canoeing, welcome picnic, Mammoth Cave trip,and many more activities
    - Professional Development and Career day



Program Goals:

The goal of the summer program is to introduce students to the excitement and importance of research in chemical biology through a mix of educational and research activities. Students will choose from among several 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 including participation 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 ethics.

Our objective is to bring together a select group of 10 rising juniors and senior chemistry, biochemistry/biology majors with high potential for careers in chemical biology research at the graduate level. We will solicit applications from undergraduate students from institutions that enhance the diversity of our program. Through extensive mentoring and authentic research experiences, it is our goal to impact students' understanding of the research process and the interdisciplinary nature of contemporary research.

Program Sponsors:

This program is generously sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the Vanderbilt Institute of Chemical Biology, and the Vanderbilt Department of Chemistry.

To apply for the 2022 REU program, go to the Admission page, and scroll down.



Commitment to Diversity:

Vanderbilt is committed to the principles of equal opportunity and affirmative action. Vanderbilt provides reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities. The Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action and Disability Services department is responsible for coordinating disability support services and monitoring the accessibility of programs, activities and buildings for the Vanderbilt University and Medical Center communities, consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The DSP staff assists departments with providing reasonable accommodations for students, faculty and staff with disabilities; ensures that Vanderbilt programs and events are accessible to the Vanderbilt community and visitors; monitors the accessibility of the university and medical center buildings; investigates disability discrimination complaints; and provides training on disability related issues. Students needing disability related assistance can contact the EAD at:

Campus Location: Baker Building, Suite 108

GPS Address: 110 21st Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37203

Mailing Address: Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action, and Disability Services Department PMB 401809 2301 Vanderbilt Place Nashville, TN 37240-1809

Campus Mail: PMB 401809

Phone: (615) 322–4705 (V/TDD) Disability Services

Fax: (615) 343–0671

Office Hours: Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.