Boston Leadership Institute: Medicinal Chemistry & Pharma Research


    • Listing Type: Summer Programs
    • Program Delivery: Day, Residential
    • Provided By: Independent Provider
    • Session Start: July
    • Session Length: Three Weeks
    • Entering Grade: 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
    • Gender: Coed
    • Category: STEM
    • Sub-Categories: Pre-Med, STEM
    • Selective: Yes
    • Ages: 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
    • Minimum Cost: $1,500 - $2,999
    • Credit Awarded: No
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    Interested in Chemistry? Some of the most popular (and lucrative!) career paths involve utilizing chemistry for medical applications: From drug discovery and development through clinical trials to determine dosage levels, bioavailability, toxicology, and chemistry is key. Universities, hospitals and pharmaceutical companies all offer high-paying research positions to graduates of chemistry and pharmacology programs.

    Chemistry is key to other careers as well. Pharmacists at drug stores, for instance, must have a deep understand of chemistry to calculate drug side effects, dosage, and interactions: chemistry is indispensable. For prospective medical students, chemistry and its medical applications can make-or-break their dreams. Did you know that one in three students at a number of top universities start on a pre-med track, but only a fraction are admitted to medical school? College chemistry is a notorious weed-out course, with many students literally not making the grade. The MCAT is packed with chemistry questions that likewise pose a barrier to those without a firm foundation in chemistry. Let this program jump start your career! Students may begin with an overview of the drug discovery process and dive right into a synthesis of a common over-the-counter medication. They may examine how yield rate is affected by differing reagents and varying temperature. They may perform tests to detect concentrations of a drug agent in natural products. They may perform a multi-step synthesis to examine the lead optimization process for themselves. Students may learn to read NMR print-outs to check for impurities. They may perform studies with crystals and learn about how crystallography determines the structure and active site of chemical entities.

    Cost and Session Information

    July 18 - August 5
    Longwood Medical


    Three-week tuition: $2200
    Three-week deposit to secure your seat: $500


    Residential payments are due by June 1st. For families registering after June 1st, residential payments are due one month after the deposit has been placed and not later than the program’s start date.

    Three-week: $1797