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Summer 2019 URP participants

Summer 2019 URP participants

Summer 2021 Research Program - CANCELED

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. 



What You’ll Need to Complete the Application:

  1. Unofficial Transcripts – Be prepared to upload a PDF of your unofficial transcripts, be sure to include the current semester. If you prefer, you also have the option of mailing your unofficial transcripts to the mailing address below.
  2. Essay – Be prepared to upload a PDF or .DOCX file of an essay of 500 words or less describing your career goals and research interests.
  3. References – Be prepared to provide the names and emails of two individuals who will provide reference letters on your behalf.


For additional information about the program and/or application, please contact Nicole Brooks at: nbrooks@ku.edu or 785-864-4819

Mailing Transcripts:

If you prefer to send your unofficial transcripts via U.S. Mail, send them to:

Nicole Brooks
Summer Undergraduate Research Program
Dept. of Pharmaceutical Chemistry
University of Kansas
2093 Constant Ave.
Lawrence KS 66047-3729

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