2023 College of Pharmacy Summer Undergraduate Research Program


Brief Project Overview: Opportunities are available to participate in hands-on bench research in the College of Pharmacy in laboratories that seek to discover new medicines, novel and innovative means of drug delivery,  new targets for drug therapy, and to improve current drug therapy regime for patients.  At the conclusion of the summer term, students will present their research projects at the College of Pharmacy Undergraduate Research Symposium.

Location & Duration of Project: Research sites in drug discovery and gene regulation and disease are available in Corvallis.  Sites in targeted drug delivery, clinical pharmacokinetics and health outcomes research are available mostly in Portland.

10-week summer experiences may commence between mid-May and the end of June depending on the student’s academic calendar. For those students at Oregon State University, the typical program dates are June 26 - September 1. Students will present their work at the College of Pharmacy Undergraduate Research Symposium mid to late September.

Prerequisites (course work &/or experience): No specific pre-requisites except an interest in pursuing a career in biomedical research in pharmaceutical sciences.

Type of Work & Tasks to Be Assigned: Students will participate in the full range of lab activities including running assays, isolating bioactive compounds, assisting with research subjects, keeping a detailed lab notebook, presenting at weekly lab meetings, developing a formal presentation of research results and helping with daily lab clean-up and maintenance.

Amount & Type of Financial Support Provided: Students will be paid at Oregon's minium wage ($13.50/hr Corvallis or $14.75 Portland) for hours worked (maximum 20 hours per week) for approximately 10 weeks.

Housing Arrangements: Housing is the student’s responsibility.  However, summer sublets are usually available in Corvallis between June and September.

How to Apply: 

Submit the following items by May 1 to Dr. Arup Indra, arup.indra@oregonstate.edu and Noelle Cummings, noelle.cummings@oregonstate.edu.

  1. Required: A letter (1 page) explaining your research interests in pharmaceutical sciences, any preparation you may have for conducting research, and your career goals
  2. Optional but strongly recommended: A letter of support from a department faculty member. Please visit Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences website to view our faculty and their current research interests. Preference is given to students who have received a letter of support from one of our faculty indicating that they are interested in hosting the student in their lab.

Contact Information:

Dr. Arup Indra, Director, Undergraduate Research Program | Email: Arup.indra@oregonstate.edu

Noelle Cummings, Pharmaceutical Sciences Graduate Program Coordinator | Email: noelle.cummings@oregonstate.edu