Summer Research Program

The Summer Research Program is a 10-week research experience supported by a competitive stipend offered by the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences in collaboration with external research academic institutions and organizations. The purpose of the program is to identify and introduce students to the excitement and importance of biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences research through a mix of educational and research activities. Through extensive interactions with faculty and direct research experiences, our goal is to enhance students' understanding of the research process, the interdisciplinary nature of contemporary research and the opportunity for perusing a career in academia, industry, and governmental agencies. 

Participating faculty and organizations:

  • Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Lipscomb University
  • Department of Pharmacology, Vanderbilt University


  • GPA of at least 3.0 and in good academic standing
  • Strong desire or potential to consider a research career
  • Completed summer research program application

Application Requirements

  • Previous academic transcripts and records
  • Results of standardized test scores (PCAT, GRE)
  • Curriculum vitae or resume
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • One page essay stating how your participation in the program will contribute to overall career goals

Contact Information

Scott Akers, Pharm.D., Ph.D.
Chair and Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Director of Summer Research Program
Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy