Research Opportunity: Funded Summer Undergraduate Research Internship in Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery

The Department of Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Chemistry (PHCEU) offers four funded summer research internships for undergraduate students at US institutions majoring in science and engineering. This program provides an opportunity for students to gain first-hand experience in scientific research under the mentorship of world-class scientists. Participation in this program will help students gain experience in pharmaceutics and drug delivery research and prepare for pursuing graduate studies. Research areas in the department include drug delivery, gene therapy, cell-based delivery, immunotherapeutics and vaccines, precision medicine, and theranostics.

The Department’s Undergraduate Summer Research Internship is a ten-week program during which time students conduct independent research under the supervision of faculty members applying chemical, biological and mathematical principles to contemporary problems involving drugs and related molecules. Participants receive basic instruction in laboratory and research techniques, learn first-hand the use of specialized laboratory instrumentation, and learn how to effectively search and study the scientific literature. The program is designed to provide maximum independence but sufficient guidance to ensure that students will obtain a complete research experience. The research labs at PHCEU have close interaction and multiple collaborations with other units at The University of Utah including the Colleges of Science and Engineering, the School of Medicine as well as The Huntsman Cancer Institute. This provides a unique opportunity for undergraduate students to experience a multidisciplinary and translational research environment. In addition to the laboratory projects, the program director will organize weekly journal clubs for students and is available to provide scientific and social support during their stay.

Admitted students will receive a stipend of $6,000 (less applicable taxes) over the course of the program (40 hours per week for 10 weeks) to cover living expenses. The program runs over 10 weeks from June 2021 to August 2021. All application documents should be received no later than March 15, 2021. Applicants will be notified for final decision by April 15, 2021.  Please contact the program director, Dr. Paris Jafari (, for questions regarding the application process. 

For more information, including program requirements, eligibility, and application and selection process, visit the program’s website.