Department/Program Offering Research Opportunity/Internship:

College of Pharmacy, Oregon State University
Brief Project Overview (1-2 Sentences): Opportunities are available to participate in hands-on bench research in the College of Pharmacy in laboratories that seek to discover new medicines, new means of delivery, and new targets for drug therapy, and to improve current drug therapy for patients.  
Location & Duration of Project:

Research sites in pharmacology, medicinal and natural products chemistry, and pharmaceutics in Corvallis.  Sites in clinical pharmacokinetics and health outcomes research are available mostly in Portland.

Up to 11-week summer/fall experiences may commence in summer at a time to be announced pending resolution of the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Type of Work & Tasks to Be Assigned:

Students will participate in the full range of lab activities including running assays, isolating 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.

Prerequisites (course work &/or experience):

No specific pre-requisites except an interest in exploring biomedical research in pharmaceutical sciences. Preference is given to students who have completed introductory biology or chemistry courses. For this program, preference is also given to students interested in pursuing a graduate degree (PhD) as opposed to a professional degree in medicine (MD) or pharmacy (PharmD).

Amount & Type of Financial Support Provided:

A limited number of scholarships are available, usually at the state minimum wage, for a period of summer/fall research to be determined pending adequate resolution of the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Housing &/or Living Arrangements: Housing is the student’s responsibility.  However, summer sublets are usually available in Corvallis between June and September. 
Application Procedures:

By April 15 2021, mail or email a letter (2-3 pages) explaining your research interests in pharmaceutical sciences, any preparation you may have for conducting research, and your career goals. Also, include a copy of your undergraduate transcript (unofficial is okay). Please visit our website at to view our faculty research interests to tailor your application. Preference is given to students who have received a letter of support from one of our faculty indicating that he/she is interested in having the student in his/her labs.

Contact Information: (Name, Email, Phone)

Kerry McPhail, Director of Graduate Programs in Pharmaceutical Sciences    541.737.5808

or Jane Ishmael, Director of Graduate Admissions in Pharmaceutical Sciences    541.737.5783

203 Pharmacy Building

Oregon State University

Corvallis, OR 97331

Faculty in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences may also be contacted directly by students with specific research preferences.