Center for Clinical Pharmacology

Summer Research Scholars Program

The Center for Clinical Pharmacology Summer Research Scholar (SRS) program introduces STLCOP students to research in pharmacology, neuropharmacology, and neuroscience under the guidance of Center faculty mentors. Students gain a sophisticated and practical knowledge of the research enterprise as they enter the research environment and network within the community of scientists. Students experience the process of research as a creative intellectual activity and gain a more realistic view of the opportunities and demands of a professional research career. Overall, the SRS program embeds students in a network of research scientists to enhance the success of trainees and work towards our goal of elevating the research profile of our students, the Center, and the College.

Program Highlights:

  • Student recipients receive a summer stipend.
  • Work is carried out full-time for eight (8-12) weeks during summer session.
  • Students give an oral or poster presentation at the Washington University Fall Undergraduate Research Symposium and the spring STLCOP Student Research Symposium, each patterned after a professional scientific meeting. Students also attend a required Research Ethics Workshop.
  • Students build professional relationships within the research group and the broader research community and gain valuable experience for continuing research during the school year.

To Apply:

  • Please write a brief statement that directly addresses your background, interest in research, and what you would like to achieve as a Center for Clinical Pharmacology Summer Research Scholar.
  • Please identify 3 faculty members or supervisors that can serve as references for your potential as a Summer Research Scholar.
  • Send an email to with your CV, references, and statement attached as a single PDF. Applications for summer session 2019 will be accepted soon.


Meet the 2018 Summer Research Scholars:

Joel Arackal_SRS2018

Joel Arackal's research interests include pain and addiction and better understanding of the neural pathways regarding these two states. This summer he will be working in Dr. McCall’s lab working to explore the effects of chronic alcohol consumption and withdrawal on the Dynorphin Kappa Opioid Receptor system.

Sree Palanisamy_SRS2018

Sree Palanisamy's research focuses on the neural pathway connected to pain and addiction and the aversive behavior associated with substance withdrawal. This summer, she will be working in the McCall lab and with Dr. Majumdar to synthesize novel chemical probes and understand the clinical pharmacology of opioid receptors and its responses when activated.

Sasha Singh_SRS2018

Sasha Singh will be working this summer in Dr. Al-Hasani’s lab on a project to understand different excitatory and inhibitory projections that control the activity of nucleus accumbens dynorphin neurons.


Jasmine Wilson_SRS2018

Jasmine Wilson's research interests include neuropsychopharmacology. This summer she will be working in Dr. Burris’ lab characterizing novel LXR compounds for cardiological metabolic diseases.