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                                                                                                                            Summer 2018 URP participants

Summer 2019 Research Program

The Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry offers a 10-week summer undergraduate research program. Students perform independent research under the supervision of faculty members, applying chemical principles to problems involving drugs and related molecules. In pharmaceutical chemistry, the emphasis is on promoting the therapeutic effects of the drug or minimizing toxicity, or controlling delivery of the drug to specific sites of action. This involves increased attention to physical-organic, physical and analytical chemistry. Participants receive basic instruction in laboratory and research techniques, including laboratory safety, effective use of major university science library, and instruction in first-hand use of specialized laboratory instrumentation of importance to a given research problem. The program is designed to provide an opportunity for students to evaluate the possibility of entering a graduate program in the pharmaceutical sciences. Accordingly, students are provided the opportunity of engaging in a full-time research experience in close collaboration with faculty members, graduate students and postdoctoral mentors. As a direct result of the summer undergraduate research experience, many of our former participants have entered graduate schools and successfully completed doctoral degrees.


Undergraduates currently attending any U.S. university and who have preferably completed their junior year by the beginning of the summer are eligible.  Highly qualified sophomore students will be considered as well. (Seniors are reminded that graduate programs leading to the Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Chemistry are available and inquiries are welcome.) Competitive stipends are provided to participants plus room and board in a University dormitory. Participants enroll as KU students for the summer and receive one academic credit for their research work. Excellent recreational facilities and other University privileges are available to Summer Undergraduate Research participants. The University of Kansas is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Applications are invited from all qualified people regardless of race, religion, color, sex, disability, national origin, ancestry, age or veteran status. Applications from minorities and women are especially encouraged. The dates for the 2019 summer program are Monday, May 20 through Friday, July 26.  The application deadline is February 15, 2019. 

Find the online application form here.

For more information about our undergraduate research program, please contact Ann Heptig, heptig@ku.edu.

Summer Undergraduate Research Program
Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry
The University of Kansas
2093 Constant Avenue
Lawrence, KS 66047-3729
Phone: (785) 864-4820

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