Training Programs for Promoting Inclusive Excellence

PEPP Camp - Project Engage Pharmacy Program

Applications for the next PEPP Camp are now open.

The UT College of Pharmacy recently held its third Project Engage Pharmacy Program (PEPP) Camp. Students from historically underrepresented or undersupported communities and first-generation students with an interest in the health professions or biomedical sciences were invited to apply. Selected participants immersed themselves in Longhorn life on the Forty Acres: bunking in dorm rooms, visiting cultural centers and identity-centric spaces and enjoying 'Phamily' dinners.

The focus of the three-day camp is to explore the diverse field of pharmacy and all that UT Pharmacy has to offer. This includes visits to different types of pharmacy practice environments, getting hands-on and behind-the-scenes tours of the College of Pharmacy facilities and learning from practicing pharmacists and current pharmacy students. Faculty and staff provide peer-to-peer mentorship and skill-building opportunities including admissions processes and requirements sessions, resume and CV review seminars and an “Interview Day” simulation.

Apply Here for the Summer 2023 PEPP Camp

PEPP camp participants and mentors sitting at restaurant table

LEADER Program - Leadership Through Engagement For the Advancement of Diverse Educational Research

Applications for the next LEADER program are now open.

The LEADER program at The UT Austin College of Pharmacy provides rising junior or senior undergraduate students from Texas’ historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and Hispanic serving institutions (HSIs) the opportunity to receive on-site high-quality “hands on” laboratory experiences and technique instruction and gain fundamental research skills in a nine-week on-campus experience.

Participating faculty mentors come from several of the college’s divisions and have  demonstrated  experience  training  and  mentoring  undergraduate  students.  Importantly,  this  program  provides  student  mentoring  and  coaching  from  the  Director, Dr.  Rana  Ghosh,  Associate  Professor,  as  well  as  Dr. John Richburg, who serves as the Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies. Several invited presenters provide information on various professional development and career topics such as Best Practices for Graduate Program Applications, to help guide the participants along their personal career explorations. At the conclusion of the summer program, each student presents their work in a poster session held on campus.

Apply Here for the Summer 2023 LEADER Program

Three LEADER Program participants wearing lab coats in lab
Exploring labs and campus facilities
LEADER Program participant and mentors
LEADER participant and mentors


View the agenda from the 2022 LEADER program.

BOOT Program - Building Our Own Talent

In 2021, the College of Pharmacy launched the Building Our Own Talent (BOOT) program designed to provide mentoring and support for trainees associated with the college. The program and the college embrace the notion that innovation and discovery thrive in an inclusive culture that values diverse ideas. The main goal of the BOOT program is to increase the recruitment, retention and preparation of trainees from diverse backgrounds—including race, ethnicity, national origin, gender and gender identity, sexuality, socioeconomic class and religion—for an academic career in the pharmaceutical sciences.

This year, the college welcomes Daniel San Miguel and Adriana Vargus to the pharmaceutical sciences graduate program. These two fully funded graduate research assistant (GRA) positions were established to annually support recruitment of students into graduate programs in either pharmaceutical sciences or translational sciences. These GRA positions provide a generous 12-month stipend plus paid tuition for the first academic year.

Applications for the BOOT Program will open in Spring 2023.

Daniel San Miguel
Daniel Anthony San Miguel Jr.
Adriana Vargus
Adriana Vargus


Learn more about our 2022 BOOT Program Scholars.

Read about our inaugural 2021 BOOT Program Scholars.

Provost's Early Career Cohort Postdoctoral Program

The UT Austin Provost’s Early Career Fellows program could be an ideal fit for early career researchers, postdoctoral fellows, or graduating  Ph.D. students interested in pursuing an independent academic career in the pharmaceutical sciences. Competitive candidates will have outstanding scholarly records as well as knowledge and experience in the issues and practices of diversity, equity and/or inclusion. The College of Pharmacy has designed a three-year program where fellows will be mentored in all of the different dimensions that make an assistant tenure-track professor successful. Major research areas of our program are: 

  • The discovery of the underlying mechanisms of disease
  • Drug discovery and delivery optimization to treat disease
  • Health outcomes and policy

The funding package that fellows receive includes a competitive stipend, fringe benefits, relocation funds, travel funds and discretionary funds to enable the professional development of the candidate.

The College of Pharmacy's current fellows are Dr. Kevin Uribe and Dr. Dan Smelter.

Learn more about the program at the Provost's website.

Dr. Kevin Uribe profile photo
Kevin Uribe
Dan Smelter, Ph.D.
Dan Smelter


Learn more about our current Provost's Early Career Cohort Fellows.