Summer Research Fellowships

Hands-on research experience for undergraduate and PharmD students

The Summer Research Fellowship (SRF) provides an excellent hands-on research experience for undergraduate and PharmD students interested in pursuing research careers in pharmaceutical, biomedical, or health sciences.

ASPET Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF)

5 positions are available for undergraduate fellows interested in gaining research experience so that they can apply to PhD programs in pharmacology/pharmaceutical sciences.

This program is funded by the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET) and the college.

Summer Research Fellowships (SRF) for Professional & Recent Graduate Students

Up to 3 positions are available for professional students who are interested in gaining research experience. These positions are funded by the James and Diann Robbers Student Research Fund.

WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Attention: SURF Program, PBS 130
412 East Spokane Falls Blvd.
Spokane, WA 99202-2131

Program Description

Once selected, fellows are assigned to a faculty mentor through a match process. The mentor will provide research supervision during the summer. There will be weekly meetings and discussions throughout the summer program that provide career advice and experience with oral presentations. At the end of the program fellows will present results of their work in poster format at the college for Research Day.

Financial Support

Fellows will receive a stipend of $5,000 (before taxes) for the entire ten weeks of the program. Fellows must pay for their own travel and lodging expenses and are responsible for their own meals. We can help in searching for summer housing.

Important Dates

Applications and supporting materials due: Midnight on Sunday, February 18, 2024
Program Dates: June 3 – August 9, 2024*
Research Day: Friday, August 9, 2024

*Flexibility is provided to students whose academic year does not end until after June 3. Please inquire if you are interested in a schedule adjustment.

How to Apply

We recommend gathering your supplemental materials prior to beginning the online application.

Supplemental Materials


Transcripts are required from all schools attended since high school, regardless of degree completion (unofficial transcripts are acceptable).

Two Letters of Recommendation

Letters of recommendation should come from faculty members, or other individuals, familiar with your academic and/or professional performance.

Personal Statements

Statements should describe:

  • Previous (if any) research experience and/or intent by gaining this research experience
  • Current research interests and future goals

Within these statements, please address your career goals, reasons for wanting to engage in summer search, and how the SURF/SRF program will help you reach your goals.