Pharm.D. Research Programs

Pharm.D. students looking for educational stimulation and challenge beyond the traditional curriculum are invited to participate in the College’s Honors Program. This selective program challenges participants by introducing them to new ideas and placing them in contact with others of similar aptitude. Honors Program students participate in research projects with faculty mentors, and present their results at college seminars. Many of these students also present their results at national meetings and in peer-reviewed journal articles.

Candidates for the Pharm.D. Honors Program can be admitted to the program no earlier than the spring semester of the P2 year, and no later than the fall semester of the P3 year.

Please contact the Program Director, Dr. Kevin Dalby (dalby@austin.utexas.edu), for further clarification or questions.


Criteria for admission to the program include:

  • Admission to the professional pharmacy sequence
  • A grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.00 on a 4.00 scale in all required pharmacy coursework completed at the time of application to the program
  • Approval by the Honors Program Committee

Graduation with Special Honors

Students completing the Pharm.D. Honors Program with a cumulative 3.00 GPA will be candidates for graduation with special honors. This GPA must be maintained in all required pharmacy courses as well as in all other pharmacy courses including those elective courses that are approved for pharmacy elective credit offered outside the college.


Overview of Honors Program 

Please review the document linked here for an Honors Program Ovierview (PDF).


Pharm.D. Honors Seminar Series

Each honors student also is given an opportunity to present his or her research project to a varied audience whose members might consist of fellow honors students, interested pharmacy students, pharmacy faculty members, and other invited guest from the academic as well as non-academic communities. Honors students will be encouraged both to publish their project in a refereed journal and present their work at meetings of national organizations such as the American Pharmaceutical Association, the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientist, and the American Society of Hospital Pharmacist.


Pharm.D./Ph.D. Program

The college offers a sequential Pharm.D./Ph.D. degree track program to qualified pharmacy students. This program combines the features of a professional Pharm.D. degree with the advanced training and research of a pharmaceutical sciences Ph.D. degree. The areas of emphasis of the program are: Chemical Biology and Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmacology and Toxicology, and Pharmaceutics.

For additional information, please visit the Pharm.D./Ph.D. page.


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