Research

Research is a core component of the academic life at ACPHS, with the majority of faculty across each of the College’s schools and departments actively engaged in research.

The agenda from the 2014 ACPHS Research Forum offers an overview of many of the faculty research projects taking place at the College.

The 2014 ACPHS Student Research Symposium will take place April 1. The symposium is an opportunity for students from all academic programs, both graduate and undergraduate, to present what they have learned through their research experiences to a larger audience.

The Symposium also provides a platform for students and faculty to discuss research topics and to examine the connection between research and education. 

Unique Opportunities for Students

The College is proud to provide many opportunities for students to work side-by-side with faculty on their research projects.

These “hands on” research experiences are not typically afforded to undergraduates at most schools and are part of what distinguishes ACPHS from other colleges and universities.

One such opportunity is the Student Summer Research Award Program. This program is open to all ACPHS students interested in pursuing clinical, laboratory, or other research projects under the guidance of a faculty mentor.

The College provides a maximum of ten (10) research awards, each in the amount of $2,000 plus $500 to offset the cost of the student’s research supplies. Housing is also offered for those who need it during the eight week project period (the project must take place between May and August). 

Any current student with an interest in research, regardless of her or his experience level, is eligible to apply.

Diverse Range of Projects

From the humanities to the social sciences to the health sciences, faculty and students of the College are working on a wide range of research projects. These include:
  • Studying biodefense strategies to thwart potential anthrax attacks or deployment of the francisella bacteria
  • Exploring the impact of parental resources on children’s health
  • Developing chemical compounds for limiting the harmful effects of the sun
  • Working on numerous projects related to the prevention, detection, and treatment of cancer.

Pharmaceutical Research Institute (PRI)

Complementing these efforts is the College’s Pharmaceutical Research Institute (PRI), a center for drug discovery and development that was founded in 2003, and is led by Vice Provost for Research Shaker Mousa.

PRI investigators possess expertise in fields such as nanotechnology, medicinal chemistry, molecular biology, and cell biology.

As part of its mission, PRI is also engaged in teaching and learning. Each year approximately 25 ACPHS pharmacy students in their final professional years pursue research rotations at the Institute.

At the end of their rotations, these students publish articles in academic journals related to their research. There are a number of graduate students from ACPHS (and other area schools) who also conduct research at the Institute.

Annual Research Forum

Each year ACPHS hosts a Research Forum where faculty members from each department and on both campuses present overviews of their research activities and discuss current projects.

A look at the list of oral sessions and poster sessions offers a useful guide to the variety of research currently taking place at the College and the faculty members who are leading those efforts.