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Application Information

Click here to apply for Summer 2024

Start an application under the section for "Summer Research Programs". Vanderbilt has several REU summer programs, you must select "VINSE - REU" on the program page in order for your application to be considered for a place in the nanosciences program. You can apply for up to two REU programs at Vanderbilt, but you will need to complete a separate application to each program. 

Note: this is the same application system used by our graduate/professional admissions team. The emails generated by the application system will therefore come from "Vanderbilt Graduate/Professional Admissions.”

Application Tidbits

  • Application deadline for ALL materials is February 15 - BUT we do make early offers, so apply early!
    The 2/15 deadline includes letters of recommendation. You can submit your application while waiting for your letters to be uploaded, but letters must be received by 2/15 if you want your application considered in the first round. 
  • Unofficial transcripts are accepted and should be attached to your electronic application. You will only need to provide an official transcript if admitted. Do not mail transcripts.
  • Your statement of purpose should briefly describe your interest in research, your experience to date if applicable, what you expect to gain from the REU and your future plans.
  • REU participants must be United States citizens or Permanent Residents.


Selections are primarily based on academic standing and faculty recommendations. Decisions are made with the goal of providing the 'best fit' between the projects offered  by the faculty and the summer participant's background and interests.

Commitment to Diversity

Students from underrepresented groups and institutions are strongly encouraged to apply. 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: Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action, and Disability Services Department (EAD):  110 21st Avenue South, Baker Building, Suite 108. 615-322-4705.

Support for this summer research experience is provided by: