PharmD students at the University of Utah College of Pharmacy from the Class of 2019 forward are required to complete a capstone research project during their third and fourth years. The purpose of the project is to help students transition from consumers to producers of knowledge. Completion of a project will enable the student to develop many key skills: professional writing, formal presenting, critical thinking, literature evaluation, project management, data collection, data analysis, and others.
If you have an idea for a research project you would be interested in advising and that would benefit you, you can submit your proposal by clicking the link below. Each Fall (September-January), we collect ideas for students to complete during the following two academic years. We accept proposals from a wide range of partners in addition to the College of Pharmacy faculty, including School of Medicine faculty, College of Nursing faculty, community and clinical pharmacists, public health officials, and others. You are welcome to share this form with anyone who you think would be qualified and interested in advising a student research project.
PharmD students interested in proposing their own project should look for a mentor to advise the project, and then submit a proposal with that mentor. On the proposal, the mentor will list the student he or she plans to work with. Mentors and students who are already working together can also indicate this on the form.
Qualities of a Good PharmD Project:
- Feasible to complete in 1-2 years
- Financially feasible (see “Project Funding” below)
- Clear pathway to data acquisition and analysis
- Straight-forward methodology
- Sufficiently Focused – few variables and specific aims
- Potential to generate or support future research
- Mentor invested in project success and completion
- Strategically aligned with needs of the Mentor