Undergraduate Research Scholars Program

The Undergraduate Research Scholars Program is designed to help spur your interest in innovation and research while pursuing your academic career. Students involved in this program will develop the habits, skills and attitudes required to be successful in creating new knowledge or translating it to other areas.

If this interests you, we encourage you to apply to Undergraduate Research Scholars Program.

Program Overview

A select number of research scholars will be selected annually to receive $3,000 institutional scholarships. Research scholars are eligible to renew their scholarship through completion of a Bachelor’s degree program (maximum four years).

The program is intended to engage students with financial need who have demonstrated academic aptitude and a desire to advance knowledge.

During this transformational program scholars will:

  • Participate in mentor-led student research opportunities
  • Apply the scientific method to study an area of interest
  • Learn laboratory and other research skills
  • Analyze and interpret data that you collect
  • Create a capstone project/presentation during their senior/P1 year

How to Apply

Past research experience is not a requirement. Rather, prospective research scholars are able to work collaboratively to solve problems. Research scholars are also able to work independently and have demonstrated a desire to increase their knowledge base beyond what has been taught in classes. Students should be willing to devote the time and energy needed to be successful in the program.

Scholars must be eligible for Federal Work-Study as verified by the Office of Financial Aid. International students are not eligible because financial eligibility is based on the FAFSA.

The following items must be submitted by March 23, 2018

  1. A completed St. Louis College of Pharmacy Application for Admission

  2. A completed 2018-19 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

  3. Application essay (maximum of 750 words) responding to the following prompt:

    A 2016 Pew research study indicated that nearly 75 percent of adults consider themselves lifelong learners. These adults fall into two main categories: personal learners and professional learners. Personal learners indicated they advanced their knowledge about something that would make their life more interesting and full. These learners indicated their activities helped them feel more capable and well-rounded by opening up new perspectives about their lives. Professional learners indicated they learned to improve job skills. Motivation for these learners included certification and licensing, salary raises and advancement in their careers. Regardless of a specific learning goal, learning requires researching a topic, assessing prior knowledge, solving problems and providing evidence of the newly acquired knowledge.

    Learning happens not only in the classroom but also in many life situations. Describe something you were personally motivated to learn outside of your high school classes, and what you did to achieve your success. Your essay should include evidence (you may include photos and links to YouTube videos) of your knowledge gains, specific examples of how you learned, and why it was personally important for you to explore your topic.

  4. A Letter of recommendation from an individual who supervised an independent project you completed while in high school (This could be a science fair project, project for a club, Eagle Scout project or something you taught yourself with minimal adult supervision.). The letter should highlight your problem-solving skills and your ability to do independent work.

Materials that are not submitted electronically may be mailed to St. Louis College of Pharmacy, Attention: Dan Stiffler, 4588 Parkview Place, St. Louis, MO 63110. Essays should be submitted by email to daniel.stiffler@stlcop.edu with the subject line, "Undergraduate Research Scholars Essay).

Notification of Selection

We will notify finalists of their selection by March 23. Finalists will be invited to interview with the selection committee on March 29 or 30. Interviews may be conducted on campus or by video conference.