The Capstone Research Project is designed to allow fourth year professional students to apply and integrate knowledge learned throughout the curriculum to the development and implementation of a research-based project. In addition to developing and implementing the project, students will also create a research manuscript suitable for publication and create a poster suitable for formal poster presentation. Capstone Research Projects commence in the beginning of the fourth professional year, with assignments completed throughout the fourth year. Final culmination involves formal poster presentation at the annual CSU-COP Capstone Research Day that occurs in spring.
Capstone research projects utilize a scholarly approach and reflect the diversity of research performed in the profession of pharmacy. Research projects can include, but are not limited to, laboratory research, clinical research, educational research, business plan development, public health and drug utilization review. Capstone Research Mentors, along with the Director of Capstone & Milemarker Experiences, guide and mentor students along the Capstone Experience. Research mentors include faculty, preceptors, employers, pharmacists, and other interested parties. Additionally, research projects involving pharmacy and other health disciplines are encouraged and welcomed.