Research Experience for Undergraduates
We will be accepting applications for the 2021 summer VINSE REU program starting October 1st. While we are hopeful and planning to host our on campus program, due to the uncertain nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to host visiting undergraduate researchers at this time. We encourage you to apply. If you are selected for a position, we will contact you in a timely manner with the specifics of the program.
The Vanderbilt Institute for Nanoscale Science and Engineering (VINSE) brings ten students each summer to campus to work closely with VINSE faculty on research projects in cutting edge areas of nanoscale science and engineering. This summer program is funded by the National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (NSF-REU) program. Participation in the program provides students with a true interdisciplinary research experience in an environment where physicists, chemists, biologists, and all engineers collaboratively solve problems and create new scientific understanding. Weekly lunchtime meetings are held for all faculty and students that cover topics ranging from ethics and the responsible conduct of research to demystifying graduate school and the GRE examination. Each student works directly with VINSE faculty members and their research groups and has access to the VINSE laboratories, which are shared facilities available to all authorized users. Furthermore, the Vanderbilt campus is just one mile from downtown Nashville, which is one of the most vibrant and cosmopolitan mid-sized cities in the United States.
- Choose from over 30 projects available each year for 10 positions, giving increased flexibility to match student interests
- Receive a $5000 stipend, room and board, plus a $500 travel allowance to offset the cost of getting to Nashville
- Undergo informal training on scientific writing and giving oral presentations
- Participate in a field trip to the Oak Ridge National Laboratory
- Participate in optional outreach opportunities with local high school students
- Enjoy social activities and a final banquet
- Participate in a poster competition to receive a travel award to attend a national professional meeting to present their work