This program provides professional students currently enrolled in the PharmD program with an opportunity to undertake an intensive, introductory research experience with faculty in the College of Pharmacy. These summer research experiences comprise 40 hours per week in a laboratory for a 10-week period (undertaken from late May through early August). Fellowships ($4000) are awarded to successful applicants. The summer experience can serve as a formal student rotation if the student enters the PharmD/PhD pathway in any of the departments within the college.
The program is available for students who have successfully completed their P1 year in the PharmD professional program and entered with a Bachelor’s degree. Applications are due in February of the P1 year and successful applicants to this competitive program are notified in late March or early April. In addition to a Curriculum Vitae and undergraduate/PharmD transcripts, applicants are required to submit an essay explaining why they want to participate in the program, what they hope to gain, their career goals, how the summer research would apply to those goals. From familiarity gained from courses or other resources, applicants are also asked to indicate their preference of intended research areas and college mentors. An orientation meeting is held in late May to provide the selected fellows with the program expectations, and deliverables from the fellowship. Individual programs of study are at the discretion of the faculty mentor. At the end of the summer (usually in the first few weeks of the Fall Semester) the fellows present their research findings in a College-wide symposium.Electronic applications for the P-SURF program can be submitted from January 15, 2020, until 5:00pm on February 14, 2020.
Purpose: To provide P1 professional students currently enrolled in the PharmD program with an intensive, introductory research experience with faculty in the College of Pharmacy. These summer research experiences can serve as a formal rotations if the student successfully enters the PharmD/PhD pathway in any of the departments within the college.
Who is eligible: Students who have successfully completed their P1 year in the PharmD professional program and entered with a Bachelor’s degree. Students interested in the combined PharmD/Ph.D. pathway are required to apply if they cannot document significant formal and relevant research experience. Students may only be accepted to the program once.
How to apply: Applicants will provide the following: 1) Curriculum Vitae; 2) undergraduate/PharmD transcripts 3) an essay explaining why they want to participate in the program, what they hope to gain, their career goals, how the summer research would apply to those goals including intended research areas and up to 3 College mentors, 4) copy(ies) of the P-SURF Faculty Approval Form (One form per lab if you plan to work in multiple labs). There is an on-line system for applications which will open on January 7th, and close on February 17th. Applications will be reviewed by the College of Pharmacy Research and Graduate Committee. Awardees will be notified by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in late March or early April.
Stipend: Up to five competitive fellowships per summer will be awarded to qualified applicants. The stipend for each student for 40 hours per week in the lab for a 10-week period (late May through early August) will be $4000. Opportunities will exist in all of the College departments, and students may identify possible mentors through a CoP research rotation booklet. A $500 supplies stipend will be provided from the CoP Associate Dean for Academic Affairsto the faculty mentors to offset expenses.
Program: An orientation meeting will be held in late May to provide the fellows a background, expectations, and deliverables from the fellowship. A mandatory participation in a college-wide symposium will be held at the end of the summer (usually the first week of the Fall Semester) in which fellowship students will present their findings.
The program of study will be at the discretion of the Mentor. Mentoring meetings will be held at least every other week during the summer to discuss the various graduate programs, other College faculty research opportunities, career development, and to build camaraderie. Students should interact socially with Juan Diego summer high school students and Pharmtox ASPET SURF fellows with an occasional pizza lunch, hike, etc.
Statement of Purpose:
Your Statement of Purpose should include the following:
1. Explain why you want to participate in this program;
2. What you hope to gain from this program;
3. Your career goals, including intended research areas;
4. How the P-SURF program will help you reach these goals; and
5. A list of up to three College of Pharmacy Mentors.