Lester Entrepreneurial Scholars Program

The Lester Entrepreneurial Scholars Program at The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy is designed to prepare our students, in the professional and graduate programs, to develop entrepreneurial and innovative leadership and thinking skills to tackle healthcare issues in innovative new ways.


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Find out more information at the application page.


  1. Identify, nurture and promote entrepreneurship and innovation skills in student pharmacists and graduate students
  2. Promote innovative ideas that improve patients’ lives.
  3. Develop and grow a sustainable program that offers continuity for students and ensures that projects go from concept to development.


Students utilize entrepreneurial thinking, innovation, and leadership to participate in developing new products and services.

Facilities and tools for design, prototypes, experimentations and collaboration.

Products and Services
The model for sustainability and continuity allows projects to progress with transitions of Lester Scholars.


The program consists of distinct tracks to help define the course of action to move a Scholar through the program.


Description of program tracks


Susan Brown
Assistant Dean for Development & Alumni Relations

Nathan D. Pope, Pharm.D., BCACP, FACA
Clinical Associate Professor

Hugh Smyth, Ph.D.

Janet Walkow, Ph.D.
Clinical Professor
Executive Director & Chief Technology Officer, Drug Dynamics Institute

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Qualifications for Applying

The program is open to The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy Pharm.D. and Ph.D. students. Pharm.D. students must be in their first or second year of coursework. Completion of a Gateway Entrepreneurial Experience is highly encouraged, however, not required. See the FAQ for examples of eligible Gateway Entrepreneurial Experiences.

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To apply, go to the application page. Provide all requested information along with all requested documents.


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