department of pharmacology

Summer Undergraduate Research in Pharmacology

For over 25 years, the Department of Pharmacology has sponsored the Summer Undergraduate Research Program for three to eight students per year. Generous funding has been provided by the American Society for Pharmacology and Therapeutics and from the HHMI-sponsored Summer Program in Undergraduate Research (SPUR), which was coordinated by the Department of Biology


The Summer Undergraduate Research Program provides "hands on" research experience for sophomores and juniors in the area of molecular pharmacology. Although the projects will vary, each is related to a common theme - elucidation of the molecular mechanisms underlying the interaction of chemical agents such as drugs, hormones and neurotransmitters with biological systems. For more information about Pharmacology, click here.

Students spend at least ten weeks during the summer working on a research project in a lab selected according to their interests. In addition to research, weekly seminars are presented to acquaint the students with the broad range of research projects in the Pharmacology Department.

Read what our former participants have had to say.

The program runs from Tuesday May 31-Friday Aug. 5, 2016.

Eligibility Requirements

Successful applicants should have strong academic records and have completed at least one laboratory course prior to application. Previous experience performing independent laboratory research is not required. Those students entering their junior or senior year are given preference.


Stipends of $3,000 will be awarded to all participants. Lodging and food allowance will also be provided.

Please note that our program has limited financial resources for supporting students who are not citizens or permanent residents of the United States.

Application Procedure

Applications will be accepted Oct. 15, 2015 - Jan. 31, 2016
Application Deadline Jan. 31, 2016

The application itself is electronic and automatically sent when the online form is submitted. Letters of recommendation will be solicited by email according to the addresses provided in the online form. Transcripts must be mailed to:

SURP Admissions
Attn: Kristine Basso
Department of Pharmacology
Case Western Reserve University
10900 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106-4965

**Expect 1-2 weeks for the transcript to arrive and plan accordingly.

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