Clinical Research Program

The Clinical Research Program (CRP) is an opportunity for third and fourth year PharmD students to elevate themselves for placement in fellowships and residencies via individualized research programs focused on excellent original clinical and translational research. The CRP has a proven track record of providing students robust didactic and experiential clinical research activities which prepares them to compete for competitive post graduate training positions. 

Digital Badge

This is a micro-credential program. Earn the Clinical Pharmacy Research Program digital badge upon successful completion of this program.

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Program Structure


Each student will be paired with a pharmacy practice faculty member in areas of their interest. Faculty who have served as CRP mentors include: Edward Bednarczyk, Calvin Meaney, Qing Ma, David Jacobs, Francis Gengo, Eugene Morse, Brian Tsuji, Kathleen Tornatore, Denise Swiatek, and Christopher Daly.

Experiential Education

Early match opportunities for P4 elective research rotations are offered and students will complete at least 2 APPE elective rotations with their mentor.

Research Presentations

Students will present and defend their research protocols in the spring of P3 and P4 years via a 10 to 15 minute platform presentation. Opportunities to compete for UB SPPS Best Poster Award Winner and Sigma Si are available.


Highly motivated students will be able to publish their findings in professional journals.

Eligibility Requirements

Most of our students have not had clinical or translational research experiences—our job is to get all interested students into research where we will give you tools to be involved in clinical research. A GPA greater than 3.0 is required.


  • 551: Clinical Research I
  • 552: Clinical Resarch II

Eligibility and Application


  • Experience in clinical or translational research is not required, but a strong interest is! The mission of the CRP is to help interested students understand and become involved in clinical research.
  • Overall GPA higher than 3.0

Application Process

  • January 1: P2 students apply    
    • For this application period only, P1 students may apply for early admission
  • April 1: Notification of acceptance
  • A maximum of ten (10) P2 students accepted, with P1 early admission applications reviewed as space is available. P1 students not accepted are encouraged to re-apply the following year.
  • Once students are accepted, a 1:1 matching process (similar to the ASHP residency matching process) will take place where both students and faculty rank potential mentors with students.