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Explorers and Scholars Program
The USciences Explorers and Scholars in Science Program allows highly qualified first year students to gain valuable research skills and apply theoretical principles learned in class to practical problems in pharmaceutical sciences and pharmacology/toxicology.
Selected students conduct eight weeks (224 hours) of full time research with a faculty mentor* during the summer following their first undergraduate year at USciences. The program includes a stipend award of $2,240. At the end of the research experience, scholars will present their research findings to faculty, graduate students, and fellow undergraduate researchers at a summer research symposium.
Eligibility and Application
Based on outstanding academic achievement in high school, first-year students admitted into the pharmaceutical sciences and pharmacology and toxicology programs will be automatically evaluated for the program. A letter of invitation will be included in acceptance materials. Participation is voluntary and you need not make a final decision until October of your first year.
Candidates for the program will have high SAT/ACT scores and an excellent academic record in high school. All participants will be expected to maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 during their first academic year.
Faculty in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences conduct research in a wide range of specialties. While research with a specific faculty member is contingent upon availability of space within that laboratory, below is information about our faculty and their research interests.
|Faculty Member||Research Area|
|Adeboye Adejare, PhD||Medicinal chemistry, drugs to treat neurodegeneration|
|Bin Chen, PhD||Cancer research, photo dynamic therapy|
|Anil D'mello, PhD||Pharmacokinetics, microencapsulation of enzymes for the treatment of inborn errors or metabolism|
|Pardeep Gupta, PhD||Pharmaceutics, nanoparticle-based protein delivery system|
|Peter J. Harvison, PhD||Toxicology, drug metabolism of compounds with cyclic imide rings|
|Jean-Francois Jasmin, PhD||Cancer research, biomarkers for cancer therapy and diagnosis|
|Kamal Jonnalagadda, PhD||Pharmaceutics, biodegradable polymers for drug delivery and tissue engineering|
|Ra'ed S. A. Khashan, PhD||Computational Chemistry, computer-aided drug design|
|Zhiyu Li, PhD||Cancer research, engineered biotherapeutic proteins for targeted drug delivery|
|Isabelle Mercier, PhD||Cancer research, therapies for hormone refractory tumors|
|Clyde M. Ofner, PhD||Pharmaceutics, formulation and delivery of anticancer therapeutics|
|Asha Suryanarayanan, PhD||Neuroscience, function of alcohol-induced ion channel on animal behavior|
|Ruy Tchao, PhD||Cancer Research, cancer cell motility and invasion|
|Shanaz Tejani-Butt, PhD||Neuroscience, neuropsychopharmacology of depressive illness|
|Jason Wallach, PhD||Medicinal chemistry, neurotransmitter analogues to treat substance disorders|
Zhiyu Li, PhD
Director of Undergraduate Programs
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
University of the Sciences
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Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495