Are you a rising junior, interested in getting first-hand research experience?

Are you interested in how drugs are discovered, developed and characterized? Would you like to learn what it’s like to work independently in a lab where you can discover and develop something that is completely new? Do you like to work as part of a team to share your knowledge with others?


Apply for YOUR ME(D)3


The Marquette Experience in Drug Discovery and Development (ME(D)3) is a year long, immersive, self-directed research experience for Marquette undergraduate students enrolled in their junior year of study.  The program is primarily directed at students majoring in Chemistry or Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, but all students are welcome to apply. You will be part of a small team of students who will experience and contribute to the process of drug discovery by performing an entire year of work in the areas of medicinal chemistry, biochemistry, biophysics, structural biology and biology.  In the fall semester, you will also participate in a Saturday morning outreach laboratory for structural biology, serving as mentors to Milwaukee area high school students.


Saturday Morning Outreach Laboratory

During the Fall 2016 semester, you will participate in a Saturday morning structural biology outreach lab, serving as a mentor for high school students learning about biochemistry and structural biology. This lab will give you direct mentorship experience and will contribute to your advanced training in protein biochemistry and structural biology.


Fall 2016 - Medicinal Chemistry Research

Working in the research laboratories of Drs. Dockendorff and Donaldson, you will engage in one semester of directed independent research in medicinal chemistry, generating libraries of novel compounds based on a characterized, biochemically active starting compound. This will count as a 3 credit class (CHEM 4956) and as one of your major electives.


Spring 2017 - Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology Research

Working in the research laboratory of Dr. St. Maurice, you will spend the second semester biochemically, biophysically and structurally characterizing the functional properties of your synthesized chemical library. This will count as a 3 credit class (BIOL 4956) and as one of your major electives.

Summer Research

Students who complete all phases of the academic year program and make satisfactory progress on their projects will be directly admitted into the Biological Sciences Department's paid Summer Research Program. There they will have the option to continue portions of their academic year project or to extend their compound library into biological, cell-based assays in several participating laboratories in the Biological Sciences or Biomedical Sciences Departments.


ME(D)3 Summer Research


Minimum requirements:



Download an Application Form


Applications must be submitted by 4:00 PM Monday, April 25. Submit applications electronically to with subject: "ME(D)3 Application" or as a print copy to the Biological Sciences Office (WLS 109)


Biological Sciences Department

Marquette University, Wehr Life Sciences
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P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881
(414) 288-7355