Undergraduate Research in the Pharmaceutical Sciences
An Undergraduate Research Experience
A research project is an alternative experience to classroom learning. Research in the pharmaceutical sciences provides an excellent opportunity for students to explore biomedical
topics from a hands-on perspective in several areas:
Research projects in the College of Pharmacy cover areas
such as the isolation of novel drugs, explanation of drug
action in animal and cell culture models, development of new
drugs and delivery systems, determination of drug metabolism,
evaluation of therapeutic regimens and study of patient behavior.
Opportunities are open to students from any major program
at OSU (with appropriate background), who currently have a
3.0 GPA and 3 quarters of college coursework. Research
hours may be completed for course credit, by registering for
Pharmacy 693 (see the College of Pharmacy Office of Student
Affairs, 150 Parks Hall, for more information).
Check out the Recent
Thesis Projects and Faculty
Research Topics to get an idea of the many possible project
areas! Many of the faculty names are linked to faculty sites
that contain more research information. In many cases there
are more possibilities for projects than listed below.
Interested students are encouraged to contact faculty members
associated with the projects to learn more about specific
College of Pharmacy Annual Scholarship Competition (PDF)
Students may apply for Scholarships from The College of Pharmacy
for their research project (Note the June deadline for projects
active during the following academic year). Click to view
an application and details (PDF File). The forms may also
be obtained from the College of Pharmacy Office of Student
Affairs, 150 Parks Hall.
Pressey Honors Endowment Grant Program
Honors & Scholars Center Small Grants Program, funded
by the Sidney Pressey Endowment Fund, is designed to assist
students who are candidates for graduation with distinction
and who have specific research needs not covered by other
assistance. The maximum amount for which students may apply
is $500, and the funds must be used for the purposes indicated
in the budget. Applications are available in 150 Parks Hall
and by contacting the Kuhn Honors & Scholars House
(220 West 12th Avenue, 292-3135). The application also
includes a one- to three-page summary, a budget, and a letter
of support from the faculty project adviser. Students must
apply for these grants no later than the second Friday of
each quarter, and awards will be made on a competitive basis.
The grant may be used either the quarter it is awarded or
in a subsequent quarter, but students must be enrolled during
the quarter in which they receive funding.
Summer Research Internships
Honors & Scholars Center occasionally awards Summer
Research Internships to especially promising with distinction
candidates so that they will have the opportunity to enhance
significantly the quality of their Senior Honors Research
and Thesis Projects. Selection is made by a University-wide
committee with the charge of evaluating the student's research
proposal, the student's academic performance and promise,
and the faculty mentor's commitment to the project. Candidates
for the award should assume that, if selected, they will spend
approximately forty hours per week doing research over a ten-week
period and that this research will provide the basis upon
which to do more intensive research during the senior year.
Contact the University
Honors & Scholars Center (220 West 12th Avenue, 292-3135)
for availability and applications. The deadline in the
past has been in March.