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David J. Riback Fellowship for PharmD Students

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Riback Summer PharmD Research Fellowship Program

human cells 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.

Accepting Applications for Summer 2014

2014 Application Process

Letter of intent: March 19, 2014 by noon
Full application: April 2, 2014 by noon

Limit one application per student. Mentors can submit applications with multiple students, provided they are for different projects. It is expected that at least 2 fellowships will be awarded each summer. Previously, approx. 30% of applicants received funding.


Students: All currently enrolled P1 and P2 PharmD students are eligible to apply. P3 students will be given consideration. No previous research experience is needed. Grades will be considered during the review process.
Mentors: All faculty members with active research programs are eligible to serve as mentors. Research and clinical (non-tenure track) faculty members can serve as mentors as well.

How to choose a mentor:

1. Browse College of Pharmacy departmental web pages to identify faculty members whose research interests you.
2. Discuss the research experience with former Riback Fellows.
3. Visit poster presentations during the Research Day on March 7, 2014.
4. Contact faculty members with whom you would like to work as soon as possible to find the best match.

Letter of Intent

Submit letter of intent here by Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at noon.


Download the application form here

Application consists of 4 components:
Submitted by a student:
1. Research project description (1 page, 11 pt Arial font).
2. Student statement (1.5 pages, 11 pt Arial).
3. Transcripts (unofficial are acceptable). Both undergraduate and PharmD transcripts should be included.
Submitted by a mentor:
4. Mentor statement/letter of recommendation (1 page, 11 pt Arial). This letter should be submitted directly by mentor to mvaskova@uic.edu.

Application Deadline:
Complete application and mentor statement are due on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 by noon. Both should be submitted as pdf to mvaskova@uic.edu.

Every effort will be made to notify Riback Fellowship recipients by April 25, 2014.