Pharm.D. Student Research Opportunities


Pharm.D. Research

Pharm.D. students have the opportunity to do research with faculty in the College of Pharmacy. Research may be undertaken during summer research projects and research electives. These projects can also be used, as can projects conducted as part of APPEs, to fulfill the requirements for graduation with honors.

Student Research

Research Electives

  • 2PD and 3PD students may take up to 2 credits of Research electives with approval of the Office of Student Affairs
  • Students may also register for Research electives during Summer A or B. In order to do so students must request IPPE/APPEs so that their schedule will allow the requisite number of hours in the research setting. For one credit hour this is a minimum of 48 contact hours (not including preparation time).

Intensive Summer Research Program

For those students interested in pursuing a Ph.D., we offer an Intensive Summer Research Program to explore graduate research, which includes full-time research, participation in a journal club during the program, and a presentation of the research at the conclusion of the program.

Honors Thesis

Research conducted as part of Research electives, ISRP or APPEs may be used for an Honors Thesis. Requirements for the thesis research paper can be found at Academic Honors.

Other Training Programs for Pharm.D. Students

These programs are available to Pharm.D. students attending UF and other pharmacy colleges.

Intensive Summer Research Program

The UF College of Pharmacy offers an Intensive Summer Research Program for UF pharmacy students that includes opportunities for research with faculty across all areas in the college, including drug discovery, drug action and metabolism, and precision medicine and outcomes research.  There are research opportunities available at all three campuses.  The 8-week program is designed to help students gauge their interest in pursuing a Ph.D. degree following completion of their Pharm.D. The program includes participation in journal club and laboratory group meetings, and presentation of the research at the end of the program. Students will receive a stipend but will not receive any academic credit.

SURF Program

The Summer Undergraduate Research at Florida, or SURF program is open to PharmD students not currently enrolled at UF.  SURF invites prospective Ph.D. students to attend an intensive 10-week summer program in Gainesville to help further their path toward enrolling in a Ph.D. program at the University of Florida. The SURF program is aimed at increasing the diversity of our graduate student enrollment. Pharm.D. students at other universities who are interested in gaining valuable research experience can participate in the ISRP through this opportunity, and explore summer research opportunities with UF College of Pharmacy faculty. SURF provides the opportunity to work with a premier faculty adviser and a senior Ph.D. student mentor. The SURF program provides on campus housing and a stipend.

APPE Opportunities

Pharmacy students at the University of Florida and other colleges/schools of pharmacy (as space permits) may pursue an Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) in precision medicine or in research. The precision medicine experience is led by Emily Cicali, Pharm.D., BCPS, a clinical assistant professor, who has experience with clinical implementation of pharmacogenetics through the UF Health Precision Medicine Program. UF pharmacy students should indicate their interest in this experience during the APPE scheduling process and non-UF students should contact Dr. Cicali for additional information and rotation availability. Priority is given to UF students enrolled in the Certificate in Personalized Medicine or planning on enrolling in an M.S. program at UF after Pharm.D. graduation.

Students may also participate in research with faculty mentors for one APPE slot. Students interested in the M.S. or Ph.D. program after Pharm.D. are encouraged to speak with potential mentors about opportunities to begin research during the APPE period. All requests for research APPEs must be indicated during the APPE scheduling process in the 3PD year. 

Please Note:

ALL research activities conducted by Pharm.D. students as part of research electives, APPE, summer programs or for honors must be reviewed by our Regulatory and Compliance Office. Students participating in research electives, research APPE, or summer programs with UF faculty will be reviewed as part of the application process for these. All other students must complete the form located here prior to starting research.

Opportunities for continuing research training in a M.S. or Ph.D. program

The UF College of Pharmacy welcomes Pharm.D. students into our residential M.S. and Ph.D. programs.  For students interested in pursuing either the M.S. or Ph.D., we encourage you to talk to potential faculty mentors and to Dr. Keller-Wood as soon as possible in the process. Students interested in the M.S. can transfer credits from the Pharm.D. with permission of the graduate program, and the graduate studies office can provide advice on electives as well as on how to use a research APPE to begin your M.S. research.  Students interested in the Ph.D. program can also get a head start on identifying a mentor and project through electives and a research APPE.