Info for Applicants

Important Dates and Deadlines

  • Summer Research Program Dates for 2021: June 21 – August 20, 2021
  • Application Deadline for 2021: February 22, 2021
  • Admissions decisions for 2021 will be made by: March 31, 2021

Special note: The Program will proceed as planned in the Summer of 2021 if the state of the COVID-19 pandemic allows us to do so in a safe and reasonable manner. However, if necessary we may be forced to suspend or cancel the Program for this year. We sincerely apologize for the uncertainty.

Eligibility for the Pharmacological Sciences Summer Diversity Program

Applicants must be:

  • U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or DACA recipients
  • 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)
  • Juniors or non-graduating seniors who are returning in the fall of 2019 to continue undergraduate studies

**Seniors graduating in the spring or summer of 2021 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. Gabriele Varani for information (

Program applicants must also have:

  • A cumulative GPA of 3.2 or above
  • 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.


Application materials should be sent to the Medicinal Chemistry Graduate Programs Office ( The emailed application package should include:

  • Cover letter which includes project preference
  • Resume/CV
  • Personal Statement (see below for important information about the Personal Statement)

Some of your application items should be sent in the mail to the Medicinal Chemistry office. The items to be mailed are:

  • An official copy of your most recent transcript(s) in a sealed envelope from your institution.
    • Because official transcripts can take time to arrive, you may either send or email an unofficial copy to be used for evaluation purposes.
  • Two letters of recommendation from faculty members familiar with your coursework and/or prior research experience.
    • Letters of recommendation should be sent directly to us from the originators.  They can be emailed in PDF format to, or mailed to the address below.  Transcripts should be mailed directly from your institution to this address:

Graduate Program Specialist
Department of Medicinal Chemistry
University of Washington
1959 NE Pacific St., H-172C
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.