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Pharm.D. Student Research Opportunities

Pharm.D. students have the opportunity to do research with faculty in the College of Pharmacy. Research may be undertaken during summer research projects, research electives and as part of APPEs.

For students interested in a research experience, it is important that they do the following:

  1. Identify possible mentors
    This should start with research of the faculty profiles to identify one or more faculty whose research interests you and is willing to serve as a research mentor. You will need to meet with your mentor and establish a project for your research. This should be done early in the semester before the one in which you hope to do the research project.
  2. Complete the College Research Proposal form
    This must be done BEFORE the project begins. Please use the form available online HERE to determine the regulatory requirements of your project.This form must be reviewed by Ben Burkley, regulatory research manager, BEFORE YOU START THE RESEARCH.

    RESEARCH INVOLVING ANIMAL or HUMAN SUBJECT DATA of any kind requires approval in advance of data collection. As approval can be time consuming, it is important for students to think ahead. We strongly advise that students choose non-human subject research, or research based on literature reviews, or patient-oriented research based on chart reviews, surveys or questionnaires or evaluation of existing programs.

  3. Complete the requirements set by your faculty mentor. Keep in mind for research performed as a research elective, you are expected to spend at least 3 hours in the laboratory or research setting for each credit. (3 hours for 1 credit, 6 hours for 2 credits, 9 hours for 3 credits). This does not include preparation time.
  4. If you wish to use this research to qualify for academic honors, you must also present this work and prepare a written report. The research may be presented within a research group meeting, at the College of Pharmacy Research Showcase, or at a local or national meeting. Guidelines for the report are as follows:
    • The report should be 2000-3000 words in length.
    • The report should include these elements: statement of the goals/objectives/hypothesis for the project, discussion of the background literature, methods used to gain the information or data, results/presentation of the findings, and a discussion of the conclusions drawn.
    • The title page must indicate the name of the student and the mentor.
    • References should be numbered sequentially.
    • The report may include figures and tables.
    • The report will be submitted along with an approval form signed by the faculty mentor and their department chair or by the APPE mentor and the Director of Experiential Programs (Dr. Denise Klinker).
    • A single PDF combining both the signed approval form and the research report must be submitted to the Canvas website for Academic Honors as an assignment. It is advised that this is done within the semester after completing the research, and no later than April 1 of the year of graduation.

College of Pharmacy Academic Honors

Graduation with Cum Laude

  • Completion of all pharmacy coursework in the Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum
  • A grade point average of 3.50 or higher in required pharmacy courses

Graduation with Magna Cum Laude

  • Completion of all pharmacy coursework in the Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum
  • A grade point average of 3.60 – 3.79 in required pharmacy courses
  • Completion of a project, submission of a report, and presentation via adherence to College of Pharmacy guidelines

Graduation with Summa Cum Laude

  • Completion of all pharmacy coursework in the Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum
  • A grade point average of 3.80 or higher in required pharmacy courses
  • Completion of a project, submission of a report, and presentation via adherence to College of Pharmacy guidelines