Pharmacy Summer Institute

For High School and College Students

Summer Camp.

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2019 Camp Highlights

About Our Program

The University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (SPPS) Pharmacy Summer Institute is an enrichment program providing information about the challenging career pathway opportunities in the profession of pharmacy and exposure to the fields of pharmacy practice and pharmaceutical sciences to interested and motivated high school and college students.

This unique day camp experience incorporates active participation in a broad scope of learning experiences, including “hands-on” training in pharmacy practice skills, lectures by faculty and local Buffalo area alumni pharmacist practitioners and field trips. The program reviews pharmacy education opportunities and the pharmacy curriculum at SPPS as well as recommended high school preparatory and collegiate pre-pharmacy course work.

2020 Dates

July 13-15, 2020 

2020 Pricing

  • High school and college students: $150
    Note: Rochester-area attendees will be bussed to and from the RIT Inn and Conference Center. Please meet in the front parking lot no later than 7:40 a.m.  The bus will leave promptly at 7:45 a.m. and will return at 4:15 p.m.  Students will communicate with parents if there is any traffic or delays.

Light breakfast and lunch will be provided to participants each day at no additional cost. Please notify us of any special dietary requirements/restrictions.

Hyatt Place Buffalo Amherst has offered a discounted rate to UB visitors of $125 per night (rate subject to change) which includes complimentary: morning kitchen skillet breakfast, Wi-Fi, airport shuttle and transportation within a 5 mile radius (need to reserve at least 24 hours in advance), and a 24-hour fitness center and pool. Guests should make reservations as early as possible, as the hotel fills up quickly during the summer months. Students must be 21 or older to make a reservation and check-in. To book online go to: and under “Corporate or Group Code” type in code 34112 or call Andrea Augenbaugh from Monday-Friday 8am-4pm at her direct line 716-322-0131.

Note: Each day, for families staying at the Hyatt, our UB SPPS bus coming to and from Rochester, NY (UB SPPS chaperoned) will pick-up promptly from 8:45am-8:50am in the Hyatt lobby and drop-off at 3:05pm in the Hyatt lobby. Students who might miss the morning bus may arrange to use the Hyatt hotel shuttle.

The Millennium Buffalo has a UB rate of $65/night Sunday-Thursday and $89/night Friday and Saturday (based upon availability). There is Wi-Fi, a fitness center and an indoor pool. There is no shuttle service. To book online, visit and use promo code UB1 or call 716-681-2400 and ask for the UB rate. Note: this is not our "host hotel."

See UB Visitor’s Guide and the Buffalo Niagara Visitor’s Guide for additional hotel options.  

Parking and Directions

About the Pharmacy Summer Institute

Academic advising and planning: Receive tips and guidance on how to prepare for your education and career in pharmacy practice and/or research.

Career discovery: Learn about the diverse job opportunities for pharmacists.

Research opportunities: Visit UB SPPS labs and meet with faculty researchers in clinical and basic sciences.

Tour facilities and shadow pharmacists: Explore the internationally-recognized community of healing, learning and discovery.

Meet pharmacy professionals, researchers and current students: Find out about working in different pharmacy settings from real-world practitioners, researchers and current UB SPPS PharmD students.

Hands-on activities and live demos: Learn about pharmacy skills and techniques, such as patient counseling and compounding.

2019 Schedule

Summer 2019 Schedule (Summer 2020 Coming Soon)

Monday, 7/8



Day 1


Arrival & Check-In

Light Breakfast


Welcome & SPPS Overview: What Do Pharmacists Do?



Pre-Pharmacy Admissions Presentation



Group Photo



Pharmacy Building Tour



Dean’s Student Ambassador - Student Panel



Group Building Activity: Patient Care/Ethical Scenarios 



Pharmaceutical Sciences Overview: One Size Dose Does Not Fit All



What Do Pharmacists Do? Model Pharmacy, Mock Counseling & Dispensing



What Do Pharmacists Do? Compounding Lab Activity



Daily Wrap-Up & Departure

Tuesday, 7/9



Day 2


Arrival & Check-In

Light Breakfast


Dean’s Alumni Ambassador – Alumni Career Panel



Current Issues in Pharmacy: Medical Marijuana

Review this information



Walk to Health Sciences Library (HSL)



HSL Instagram Scavenger Hunt & South Campus Tour


11:00am – 11:15am

Walk back to Pharmacy Building



Interprofessional Education: Meet Fred Santiago




Pharmacy Class: Vaccinations




Bus from Pharmacy Building to Downtown



Buffalo Area Hospital Pharmacy Tours



Bus to Pharmacy Building  



Daily Wrap-Up & Departure

Wednesday, 7/10



Day 3

Light Breakfast


Arrival & Check-In & Breakfast



Bus to North Campus Count to make sure everyone on




Visit UB & Honors Presentation/Tour

North Campus + Residence Hall Tour



Career Services – StrengthsQuest



Bus to South Campus



Start Promptly

Opioids & NARCAN Training




Family SPPS Information Session and Tour





Congratulations on completing UB Pharmacy Institute!


Presentation of certificates, slideshow and evaluations

Application and Eligibility

Admission is competitive and is based upon the following criteria:

  • Open to high school and college students
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above on 4.0 scale, B-letter grade, 83-86 percentile
  • Application essay titled "Discuss your interest in pharmacy and describe any experience in the field"
  • Resume demonstrating any extra-curricular activities, honors and awards, and a strong interest in math and science, the health sciences, and/or pharmacy
  • A letter of recommendation

To apply: (applications due by June 1; payment June 15)

  • Complete and submit application form by June 1. Please do not submit registration payment with application; non-refundable registration payment is due after notification of acceptance and no later than June 15.
  • High School Students: Within the application, you must enter a valid email address for a school counselor or teacher who will receive a link for an electronic letter of recommendation. Your recommender will also need to upload your high school transcript. If your recommender is a teacher, you can either upload an unofficial transcript within your application form or your school counselor will need to email your transcript to
  • College Students: Within the application, you must enter a valid email address for an individual (preferably a faculty member or a supervisor) who will receive a link of an electronic letter of recommendation. UB students must list Sara Robinson, Pre-Pharmacy Academic Advisor, Non UB students must upload a student copy of your college transcript within the application or email to

Once accepted: (health/release form July 1)

  • Once accepted and your camp registration payment has been submitted, please complete the Health and Release Form and mail to:
    Pharmacy Summer Institute
    270 Pharmacy Building
    Buffalo, New York 14214-8033


Contact us at or 716-645-2858.