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Pills, Potions and Poisons

The annual Pills, Potions and Poisons Summer Camp provides high school students interested in biomedical science an overview of pharmacology and its relationship to health, disease and society.

 July 8-12, 2024

In the field of pharmacology, scientists study the interactions between drugs and the body and then apply what they have learned to the development of new drugs. Once a therapeutic drug becomes available, pharmacists work with patients and other health care professionals to ensure patients get the best outcomes from their medications.

Students enrolled in the PPP summer camp will learn through a variety of approaches, including hands-on experiments, field trips and projects. While we primarily explore careers in the pharmaceutical sciences (both clinical and research careers), the program is not designed strictly for students with an interest in pharmacy. Any student with an interest in biomedical science, including careers in pharmacy, medicine, dentistry, laboratory research, etc., is encouraged to apply. This program does not explore careers related to forensic science, engineering or the physical sciences.

Application Process

PPP is designed for rising 10th-12th grade students who have an interest in the biomedical sciences (e.g., pharmacy, medicine, dentistry, lab research, etc.). Students must obtain a nomination from a science teacher at their school (form provided on the website).    

Note: We strongly encourage applicants to complete either a high school-level biology or chemistry course before applying.

Dates: July 8-12, 2024

Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (note: this is a day camp, not a residential program)

Cost: $250, which includes all supplies, meals, snacks, field trip expenses and a t-shirt

Location: Parks Hall, The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy

Transportation/Travel: Students should provide their own transportation to/from Ohio State campus each day. 

Application Instructions

Interested students should complete the “Student Application” below. In addition, each application requires a nomination from a high school teacher. Each teacher should complete and submit the “Teacher Nomination” below. 

The deadline to apply is Friday, April 12, 2024. All participants will be notified of their selection status by mid-May.

Student Application                        Teacher Nomination

*For those interested in the camp but in need of financial assistance, please email Dr. Katie Summers at