Frequently Asked Questions
- Why should I participate in the Pharmacy Scholars Program?
The Pharmacy Scholars Program (PSP) is an exciting way for students to gain a unique pre-pharmacy experience.
Academically, students review coursework in mathematics, chemistry, calculations, and other topics necessary for a successful transition to pharmacy school. Students are exposed to first-year pharmacy courses taught by U-M's nationally-recognized faculty. The program sessions provide a challenging, yet equally rewarding experience for all participants.
Professionally, PSP students gain the skills and confidence essential for success. Students work one-on-one with U-M faculty and admission representatives, creating an outstanding support network as they continue their pharmacy program search process. Students also receive virtual mentoring sessions with current pharmacy students, building strong relationships and gaining insight into what life is like at the College of Pharmacy.
- What might a typical day be like for the participants?
The Pharmacy Scholars Program is held virtually. A typical day consists of speaker presentations, workshops, and mentoring sessions. Participants are in session from Monday through Friday.
- What are the program dates?
The Pharmacy Scholars Program will take place in a virtual, 4-week format from May 29 to June 26, 2023.
- Is the program in person or virtual?
The summer 2023 program will take place virtually.
- Do I have to pay to participate in the program?
The program is free to all participants.
- Is there a program orientation?
PSP kicks off with a virtual orientation to introduce the program, help acclimate students to our online learning platforms, review the program schedule, and present other important information.
- Do I have to remain in the program for the full length of time? What happens if I need to start late or leave early?
It is the responsibility of program participants to ensure that there are no scheduling conflicts during the Pharmacy Scholars Program. Exceptions are rarely made for a participant to begin the program late or leave the program early.
- Is there a stipend?
Yes, participants receive a stipend.
- What supplies will I need?
The program provides nearly all the academic and clinical materials participants will need. Students will need to participate in online meetings via a computer, tablet, or phone. They will also need a free Zoom account to join virtual meetings. A physical or electronic notetaking system is recommended.
- Is there a dress code?
Although the program is virtual, students must keep in mind that they are visible to their colleagues and U-M instructors. Participants should choose appropriate clothing for a semi-professional environment.
- Is there an application fee?
There is no application fee for the program.
- When will I hear back regarding a decision on my application?
Applicants can expect a decision by mid-March 2023.
- I completed AP Chemistry and/or AP Biology in high school, so these courses were waived for college. How do I add this information to my application?
When completing the application, please enter “AP Biology” and/or “AP Chemistry” for both semesters, “High School” for when completed, and “Requirement Waived” for the grade received.
- I have taken only one biology lab course but the application is asking for two lab courses. Am I eligible for this program?
Yes, you are eligible to participate in the program with just one biology lab course.