The Pfizer Undergraduate Research Program at UMBC

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xxxx The Pfizer Undergraduate Research Program at UMBC provided a comprehensive plan for sustained scientific research, ethics instruction, leadership skill development and career guidance and counseling under the supervision of Program Directors Dr. Lasse Lindahl, Dr. Ralph Pollack and Dr. Govind Rao. Each Pfizer Trainee matched his or her interests with those of a research mentor at UMBC and then spent the next 15 months on an independent and meaningful research project in their mentor's laboratory. The program ended in 2006.
The progression of each research experience was:
xxxxx • A beginning full-time ten-week research experience in the Summers of 2004 and 2005,
xxxxx • Academic year research experience (2004-2005 amd 2005-2006) requiring ten hours
of project work per, and
xxxxx • A concluding full-time ten-week research experience in the Summers of 2005 and 2006.

xxxxxPfizer Trainees received generous stipends with the potential to total up to $14,600 for their research time and benefitted from additional support of up to $3,000 per student for laboratory supplies and participation in scientific meetings.

Note: Student payments and other benefits from participating in this program may have had income tax obligations. For more information, please consult a tax professional. the IR and /or the IRS Publication 970, "Tax Benefits for Education."

xxxxxThese students received individual academic and leadership development advising from their UMBC Research Mentors, the Program Directors and staff

Scientific Skills were developed through
1. Preparatory Instruction
2. Scientific Communication Skill Development
3. Ethics Instruction
4. Leadership Development Activities
5. Student Support and Camaraderie Opportunities
6. Attendance at Seminars for Undergraduate Researchers, and
7. Presentations of their scientific projects

xxxxx xStudents had several opportunities to present their research including the Annual Summer Undergraduate Research Fests and the Provost’s Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Day at UMBC. The ultimate goals of the sustained research experiences were for the Pfizer Trainees to co-author publications with their research mentors and to be prepared for acceptance into top graduate programs and careers in the pharmaceutical industry.


Kathy Lee Sutphin, Pfizer Program Coordinator -