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The UK College of Pharmacy offers two different ten-week programs for talented undergraduate and professional students to participate in paid research in Pharmaceutical Sciences or in Pharmaceutical Policy. Program participants:

  • perform independent research under the supervision of faculty mentors, graduate students, or postdoctoral fellows,
  • give a scientific presentation that describes their accomplishments, and
  • have the opportunity to contribute to front-line research in Pharmaceutical Sciences or Pharmaceutical Policy.

In the Traditional Pharmaceutical Sciences area, students can work with faculty who are engaged in research in areas including preclinical studies of drug actions, fundamental mechanisms of drug actions at the molecular level, and the design, synthesis, development, and formulation of new drug products. This program allows undergraduate students to obtain hands-on laboratory experience in state-of-the-art research facilities.

Students interested in Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy will have the opportunity to apply methods and techniques of public policy planning and analysis to issues involving pharmaceuticals, pharmacy, pharmacists and pharmacies under the guidance of our nationally recognized faculty.

Who Should Apply

Current undergraduates who have completed their junior year by the beginning of the summer are encouraged to apply, but highly qualified sophomore students will also be considered. Students enrolled in a professional (PharmD) program are also encouraged to apply. Completion of courses in general biology, organic or analytical chemistry will help the student get the most from these experiences. Ideal candidates are students who are interested in entering a PhD doctoral program, who have better than a 3.3 GPA and, for the Traditional program, are pursuing an undergraduate major in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Biology, or other Life Science.

NOTE: Undergraduate students interested in pursuing a PharmD degree should delay application until enrolled in a program at a College of Pharmacy. Students interested in applying for admission to the UK College of Pharmacy PharmD program, please visit the PharmD program admissions page.

Contact Us

Catina Rossoll
UK College of Pharmacy Graduate Program Office
789 S. Limestone Room 371
Lexington, KY 40536 0596

How to Apply


Students will receive a stipend for 10 weeks of work.

We wish to remember and honor those who inhabited this Commonwealth before the arrival of the Europeans. Briefly occupying these lands were the Osage, Wyndott tribe, and Miami peoples. The Adena and Hopewell peoples, who are recognized by the naming of the time period in which they resided here, were here more permanently. Some of their mounds remain in the Lexington area, including at UK’s Adena Park.

In more recent years, the Cherokee occupied southeast Kentucky, the Yuchi southwest Kentucky, the Chickasaw extreme western Kentucky and the Shawnee central Kentucky including what is now the city of Lexington. The Shawnee left when colonization pushed through the Appalachian Mountains. Lower Shawnee Town ceremonial grounds are still visible in Greenup County.

We honor the first inhabitants who were here, respect their culture, and acknowledge the presence of their descendants who are here today in all walks of life including fellow pharmacists and healthcare professionals.