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Prospective Students

Our online application for the 2021 season is now open!

  • Submission of GRE scores is optional.
  • There is no application fee for anyone who has performed research funded by a US entity. Read more here!

The QCB Program at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine is a place where leaders in the chemical and/or physical sciences and the biological sciences are trained.

The unique aspect of the QCB Program is that students have the flexibility to explore their research interests from the offerings of the 16 participating departments and programs prior to choosing a laboratory for their dissertation research. Previous didactic training in the biological science is not required for entry into the Quantitative & Chemical Biology Program. Students in the first year QCB Program generally consider training in one of the following four tracks.

The coursework and research components of the program prepare students for research careers in which they are able to bring state-of-the art tools of the modern chemical and physical sciences to bear on cutting-edge biological problems. Successful completion of the QCB Program leads to Ph.D. degree.

Please explore our website to learn more about the exciting, stimulating, and comprehensive training provided by the QCB Program. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us.

Admissions Office Hours

Beth Bowman, Ph.D. is hosting bi-weekly open office hours to help you with your admissions questions! Feel free to log in to ask any or all of your admissions questions. You can register at any point, either in advance or on the day of.

Date Registration Link
9/14, 1:30-3:00 pm CST   Register Here (full)
9/28, 1:30-3:00 pm CST   Register Here (full)
10/12, 1:30-3:00 pm CST   Register Here (full)
10/26, 1:30-3:00 pm CST   Register Here (full)
11/9, 1:30-3:00 pm CST   Register Here (full)
11/23, 1:30-3:00 pm CST   Register Here

2020/21 Biomedical Graduate Program Recruiting Fair Schedule

Would you like to meet a representative of our Biomedical Graduate programs? We would love to meet you too! We will be attending the following Graduate School Fairs, many of which will be virtual and free for prospective students. Please stop by so we can get to know you.

REGISTER to attend the FREE Biomed Virtual Grad School Fair (see details below)! Save valuable time & interact live online with the nation’s Top Biomed Schools.

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At Vanderbilt University, we hold the sincere belief that fostering the advancement of and respect for equity, diversity, and inclusion of all students, faculty, and staff benefits all members of our community. To bring to life our vision of inclusive excellence, we are intentional about recruiting, retaining, and supporting diverse and underrepresented groups of students. We encourage individuals from all populations to apply to our graduate programs. The university does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, socio-economic background, or disability.