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PSSDP - Information for Applicants

Important Dates and Deadlines

  • Summer Research Program Dates: June 23 - August 22, 2014
  • Application Deadline: Friday, February 10, 2014
  • Admissions decisions will be made by the middle of May

Eligibility for the Pharmacological Sciences Summer Diversity Program

Applicants must be:

  • U.S. citizens or permanent residents;
  • Undergraduate students enrolled in accredited four-year colleges and universities in the United States, Puerto Rico, and other U.S. territories;
  • Sophomores (with four quarters or three semesters of college experience); and
  • Juniors or non-graduating seniors who are returning in the fall of 2014 to continue undergraduate studies.

**Seniors graduating in the spring or summer of 2014 are not eligible for the program; however, the University of Washington "PREP" Program is accepting applications for a one-year post-graduate research fellowship for qualified minority scientists. Please contact Dr. Carlos Catalano for information (catalanc@uw.edu).

Program applicants must also have:

  • A cumulative GPA of 3.2 or above: and
  • An interest in pursuing a Ph.D. or PharmD./Ph.D.

If You Are Accepted Into the Program

Awardees will be required to:

  • Sign the UW Pharmacological Sciences Code of Conduct;
  • Complete an intensive research experience in one of the participating faculty laboratories;
  • Attend weekly research seminars focused on current topics in science and biotechnology and workshops that provide training in research skills and ethics;
  • Visit various Seattle-based biotechnology facilities to learn more about career opportunities in the field;
  • Present their research to faculty, peers, and the community at a concluding symposium at the University of Washington-Seattle campus.


Out of town students will stay at the Stevens Court residence hall, an apartment-style residence hall at the University of Washington. Housing and a meal allowance will be paid by the Program.

Financial Award

Financial support is a critical component of the Program. Students will receive a $3,500 stipend to be disbursed in installments. A travel award of up to $500 will be available.

Seattle Life

The Program will take place on the University of Washington's Seattle campus. In addition to extensive research with world-renowned faculty members, students have the opportunity to enjoy the vibrant city of Seattle first-hand. For more information on what you can do in and around Seattle, visit UW's Seattle Life page.


1. Email your application package to Meg Running (running@uw.edu) in the Medicinal Chemistry Graduate Programs Office. The emailed application package comprises:

  • Cover letter which includes project preference;
  • Resume/CV;
  • An official copy of your most recent transcript(s) in a sealed envelope from your institution (because official transcripts can take time to arrive, an unofficial copy may be used for evaluation purposes).
  • Two letters of recommendation from faculty members familiar with your coursework and/or prior research experience; AND
  • Personal Statement (see below for important information about the Personal Statement).

2. Have your official transcript mailed from your institution to:

Meg Running
Graduate Programs
Department of Medicinal Chemistry
University of Washington
1959 NE Pacific St., H-164
Box 357610
Seattle WA 98195


Please include with your application a personal statement of 200-300 words that explains your educational and professional objectives. Think of this statement as a personal interview with the admissions committee. Write about your background, your goals, and why you should be admitted as a Summer Diversity Program student. The goal of the PSSDP is to increase diversity within the University of Washington and the scientific community across the country. We welcome students who have varied cultural experiences, disabilities, or educationally or economically disadvantaged backgrounds, who will therefore contribute to the intellectual and social enrichment of the University. Please include in your personal statement your personal history, family background, and influences on your intellectual development. This additional statement should include cultural and educational opportunities (or lack thereof), social and economic disadvantages, or disabilities you may have had to overcome, and the ways in which these experiences affected you.