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David J. Riback Fellowship for PharmD Students

Taha Taha Priyam Patel

Riback Summer PharmD Research Fellowship Program

The David J. Riback Research Pre-doctoral Fellowships in the UIC College of Pharmacy are funded by an endowment created by Aaron E. Kaplan (Baccalaureate of Science in Pharmacy, 1947) in honor of his uncle, David (Graduate in Pharmacy, 1927). Funds from this endowment support intensive, short-term research training for PharmD students under the supervision of a College of Pharmacy faculty mentor.

Riback Fellows receive a $5,000 stipend to pursue research training in the summer for 10 weeks on a full-time basis. An additional $1,000 is awarded to the mentor for research supplies. At the end of the training period, Fellows submit a brief (4 pages maximum) research report and are required to present their results during the annual College of Pharmacy Research Day the following winter. To see previous Riback Award Recipients, visit this page.

2014 Riback Fellow, Dan Gratie, (Nutescu Lab) has been nominated for Best Student Research Poster Finalist Award at the American College of Clinical Pharmacy’s Annual Meeting, October 12-15 held in Austin, TX. He presented his work on Impact of a pharmacist guided pharmacogenetics service on prediction of warfarin stable dose (Gratie D, Cheng W, Drozda K, Duarte J, Lee J, Galanter WL, Garofalo J, Krishnan JA, Cavallari L, Nutescu EA. Pharmacotherapy 2014;34(10):e289:415).

Applications are now being accepted for Summer 2015

Note that the application process has two phases: mandatory letter of intent (LOI), and full application.

  • Letter of Intent: March 9, 2015 (Monday)
  • Full Application: March 23, 2015 (Monday)
  • All currently enrolled P1 and P2 students are eligible to apply. P3 students will be given consideration.
  • Previous research experience is not necessary.
  • Both Undergraduate GPA and PharmD grades will be considered during the selection process.
  • Students should have a strong desire to pursue research.
  • Students are responsible for selecting a faculty mentor based on their research interests and future career goals.
General Research Areas in the College
  • Medicinal chemistry, computational medicinal chemistry, structural biology, synthetic medicinal chemistry, design and synthesis of drugs
  • Natural products, drug discovery, medical ethnobotany, biochemical and molecular toxicology, pharmaceutical biotechnology, antibiotic resistance, bacterial communication
  • Cancer biology, cancer pharmacology, regulation of tumor cell growth, cancer drug discovery
  • Biopharmaceutics, design, development and evaluation of drug delivery systems, drug metabolism and pharmacokinetics
  • Pharmacy practice, pharmacogenomics, clinical studies, medication compliance, economic, clinical and quality-of-life outcomes, pharmaceutical policy, socioeconomic and cultural issues related to drug use
Selecting a mentor
  • Browse College of Pharmacy departmental web pages to identify faculty members whose research interests you.
  • Discuss the research experience with former Riback Fellows.
  • Visit poster presentations during the Research Day.
  • Contact faculty members with whom you would like to work as soon as possible to find the best match.
  • Contact riback@uic.edu if you need help.
Application Process Full application consists of 4 components:

  1. Research project description (1 page)
  2. Student statement (1.5 page)
  3. Undergraduate and professional transcripts
  4. Mentor statement/letter of recommendations (1 page)
To see the previous recipients, mentors and and projects, please visit the Previous Riback Awardees page.

Questions? Contact riback@uic.edu.