Ph.D. Program Overview
Those accepted to the program will receive a competitive stipend, tuition and basic health insurance. Students are also eligible to participate in the Takeru Higuchi Intersearch Program, which allows them to conduct a portion of their research at the Victorian College of Pharmacy, which is a part of Monash University located in Melbourne Australia. Ideally, the students select a surrogate advisor who specializes in an area of research outside that of the primary advisor, allowing for more breadth to their overall research project. Similarly, many students are participants in the NIH sponsored Pharmaceutical Chemistry Biotechnology Training Grant, which allows students to complete a summer internship at a pharmaceutical company specializing in the formulation, analysis and delivery of biotechnology products. Although this industrial internship is a requirement for those involved in the training grant, any student in the program may participate in an internship at a pharmaceutical company after discussion with the his or her research advisor. The department is a full member of the Globalization of Pharmaceutical Education Network (GPEN) a professional organization that meets biannually at other member institutions. Senior students are typically selected to participate in these events. The GPEN meeting, now attended by 43 academic institutions across the world, was founded at KU in1996 by Professor Ronald Borchardt. Participants in these programs have generally found the experiences to be extremely beneficial to their overall experience at KU.
Students with particularly outstanding undergraduate records may be eligible for a number of special awards.The Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry has been named as a Madison and Lila Self Graduate Fellowship Program partner at The University of Kansas. The program provides a generous stipend and tuition for four years of graduate study to outstanding students. Other university-level awards include the Honors Fellowship, awarded on a competitive basis to incoming graduate students throughout the university, the Dissertation Fellowship, awarded to outstanding students during their last year of doctoral study, and the Graduate Minority Opportunity Fund Fellowship, awarded to outstanding ethnic minority students for work toward the doctoral degree. At the department level, the Takeru Higuchi, the Siegfried Lindenbaum, and the Howard Rytting Fellowships are awarded each year to promising incoming graduate students.