Graduate Program in Pharmacology and Toxicology
Our graduate program is among the largest and strongest in this country. The predoctoral training program leading to the awarding of the Ph.D. degree requires four to five years. The program is research-intensive with a focus on training in the scientific method. Financial support is available through research assistantships and fellowships. Initial funding from MSU allows students to rotate in three different laboratories prior to selecting a faculty advisor.
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Many of the graduate students participating in laboratory research are in other programs on campus. If you are a student in another MSU graduate program who is interested in pursuing research related to pharmacology and/or toxicology, you are encouraged to directly contact those Department faculty who are currently conducting research in your area of interest.
There are opportunities for undergraduate research in the laboratories of department faculty throughout the academic year and summer. The role of a student in a research project depends on many factors including the nature of the project and the time commitment which that student can make. However, students may progress to a point of experimental design, data collection and interpretation sufficient to become an author on a publication in which the student’s work is included. Students may be involved in research projects as unpaid volunteers or as paid laboratory aides. Also, following the academic calendar, students can undertake research for credit (through PHM 480).
Faculty of the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology enthusiastically welcome inquiries from undergraduate students. There is no formal application process. Instead, interested students can browse our People directory and those with whom they would like to work, and whose research programs encompass the student’s own interests. First contact should be via e-mail, accompanied by a brief letter of intent, including their reasons for applying to that particular faculty member, and a resume.