First-year student pharmacists who are motivated to pursue educational opportunities outside of the classroom work with a faculty research mentor to develop a research project. This is an opportunity to explore areas of interest that complement and enhance your experiences in the Doctor of Pharmacy program. Students who successfully complete a research project and the requirements set forth by the Research Honors Committee will graduate with honors distinction.
What you can expect from the program
You can apply in your first year (PY1) of the Doctor of Pharmacy program and present your research proposal by the end of your second year (PY2) spring semester. Research projects are completed during the spring semester of your third year (PY3). You will then work with your mentor to complete all remaining research activities and program requirements prior to graduation.
Why choose the Doctor of Pharmacy Research Honors program?
- Learn about basic, clinical, outcomes research, or other scholarly activities related to health sciences.
- Develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills to formulate and test hypotheses, discuss disease interventions, and/or improve patient care.
- Work one-on-one with an accomplished faculty mentor.
- Interact with research faculty members and staff, PhD students, and other honors students.
- Attend seminars including those presented by outside guest speakers and research experts.
- Develop communication skills through oral and/or poster presentations of research work.
- Build a strong curriculum vitae to be more competitive in the job market or as an applicant to a residency or graduate school.
- Work with faculty members who can provide letters of recommendation in support of your career advancement.
- Expand your career opportunities.
- Build lifelong professional relationships.
- Students who are interested in the joint PharmD/PhD program can receive valuable research experience for the PhD program.