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Research Careers

  • Why Pharmacy Research?

    » Financial growth and expanded career opportunities in academia, pharmaceutical industry, and government.
    » Intellectual challenges in basic or applied research in the Pharmaceutical Sciences.
    » Personal satisfaction by contribution to drug discovery or development.

  • Getting Started

    Speak with faculty in the School to determine whether you might like a career in pharmacy research. You can start with any of your professors who most likely will be eager to help!

    Find a research advisor who will mentor you in a research project.

    Obtain research experience. Here are some ways you can do it:

    » Volunteer in a lab - easiest, most flexible option 
    » Elective - easy, but requires a minimum time commitment 
    » Fellowship - requires some advanced training and is available on a competitive basis
    » Work-Study - flexible, earn some money, but you must find a faculty advisor who will pay your salary. May also have to do non-educational tasks (washing glassware for example)
    » Research Assistant - same as work-study, but these tend to be more difficult to obtain.

  • The Combined Degree Program

    Description: The combined degree programs in the School of Pharmacy is a full-time program of professional education that offers an opportunity for advanced study in the Pharmaceutical Sciences. The Program recognizes the need for pharmacy practitioners with excellent research skills in clinical, academic, industrial and regulatory environments.

    Admission: Applicants apply before or during the P1 and P2 years, and must demonstrate a good academic record, experience in research (e.g., during summer research fellowships with School Graduate Faculty), Graduate Research Examination (GRE) scores, and a graduate faculty sponsor.

    Stipend: Summer fellowships are available on a competitive basis from the Dean's Office as an opportunity for students to obtain research experience (you need not be enrolled in the Program to apply for summer fellowships). Stipends and tuition may be provided for Pharm.D.-Ph.D. students serving as Graduate Teaching or Research Assistants.

    Time Line: Graduate courses and research electives are taken where possible throughout the P1 through P3 years. In the P4/G2 year, the students will complete the graduate course requirements, required Pharm.D. clerkships and work on their graduate research project. Students are expected to be able to complete the requirements for the Pharm.D.-Ph.D. Program in a total of 6-7 years, at which time both degrees will be awarded.

    Additional Information: Dr. Jurgen Venitz or Dr. Thomas Reinders, Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Services.

  • The Ph.D. Program in Pharmaceutical Sciences

    Tracks: Pharmaceutics, Pharmacoeconomics and Health Outcomes, Pharmacotherapy, Medicinal Chemistry.

    Requirements: GRE (Graduate Record Examination) scores and a BS or BA degree. Some research experience is preferred.

    Time Line: Approximately 4-6 years, depending upon the student's level of motivation.

    Stipend: At least $20,000 per year plus tuition.

    Additional Information: Please visit Graduate Programs page.