UT College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences News

Student Newsletter for September 5, 2017

Student Newsletter for August 29, 2017

UT Student Selected for Scholars Program

UT Pharmacy student Angela Simon was selected for the PQA-CVS Health Foundation Scholars Program. The program’s goal is to “support and recognize student excellence in projects centered on quality-related initiatives; encourage, promote, and improve education surrounding quality measures and value-based models of care; and foster student interest and engagement in the development of quality-related initiatives.”

Angela receives a $1,250 scholarship to Scholars to attend the PQA Leadership Summit in November 2017, along with an invitation to present the results of her project at the PQA Annual Meeting in May. Angela’s research will focus on factors that influence the intent of community pharmacists to provide medication therapy management. Her thesis advisors, Dr. Sharrel Pinto, and committee members, Dr. Cindy Puffer and Dr. Sadik Khuder, will advise her during this project.

Source: http://pqaalliance.org/academic/scholars.asp

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Celebrating the Class of 2017

Degrees Awarded

This year, the University held the Spring Commencement ceremony in the Glass Bowl to recognize the 2,000 graduates. At commencement, six students received the PhD in Medicinal Chemistry, 86 received the Doctor of Pharmacy degree, 15 received master’s degrees in medicinal chemistry or pharmaceutical sciences, and 132 received bachelor’s degrees in the pharmaceutical sciences.

Of the 132 baccalaureate degrees awarded to students in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, 13 were Summa Cum Laude, 28 were Magna Cum Laude, and 33 were Cum Laude. In addition, three students earned departmental honors, one earned college honors and one earned both departmental and college honors.

College Convocation and Awards Ceremony

Dr. Ken Bachmann leads the faculty procession at the college’s Convocation and Awards Ceremony

The College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences held a Spring Convocation and Awards Ceremony to recognize the achievements of pharmacy and pharmaceutical science students. In attendance were the college faculty and administration, along with UT administrators, Dr. Dorothea Sawicki, Vice Chancellor and Associate Dean for Graduate Health Science Studies, and Dr. Amanda Bryant-Friedrich, Dean of the College of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor of Medicinal Chemistry. Professor Emeritus Kenneth Bachmann, the co-founder and VP for Pharmacoinformatics at CeutiCare, Inc., served as the Grand Marshal.


The valedictorian of the B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences graduating class is Melissa Yamsek. Read Melissa’s remarks to the Class of 2017

Dongjin Kang and Casey Koester share the honor of being valedictorians for the 2017 Doctor of Pharmacy graduating class. In recognition of their accomplishments, each received a gold medal presented by the Beta Eta Chapter of Rho Chi and a valedictorian Louisville Mortar and Pestle. Read Dongjin Kang’s remarks to the Class of 2017


BSPS Valedictorian Melissa Yamsek’s Remarks

Melissa Yamsek, BSPS valedictorian, delivers her remarks

Over the past few years at the University of Toledo, we have each accomplished a lot. We’ve overcome great academic challenges, whether that includes spending hours at either Mulford or Carlson Libraries to do well on an exam, memorizing countless individual drugs and their mechanism of action, or fervently searching the recent literature for incorporation into a research project. But most importantly, we’ve each gathered lifelong friendships and experiences that will carry us into our futures.

Throughout my time here, I have gained valuable experiences that have helped to guide myself into a future career. When I first started at the University of Toledo, I had one clear-cut goal: go in, get my Pharm.D., and become a pharmacist. Not much more than a month into my college career, my organic chemistry lab TA advocated that I join a research lab. To be honest with you, at the time I was completely unacquainted with the notion that undergraduate research was even a thing, and I experienced considerable hesitation to take his advice. I began talking with some of the upperclassmen that I had befriended, who were a bit more familiar with the idea, and each of them presented encouragement and invigoration, in support of the opportunity. Taking my individual skill sets and interests into consideration, I decided that I would be well-suited as a researcher and that it would be a dignified opportunity, so I began talking with professors and became involved in research that next semester. From that moment on, my life had changed. I began spending extensive portions of my spare time in the lab, starting with simply afternoons and then growing to working entire days and even weekends. I’ve had several people come up and ask if I was a graduate student, or even if I actually lived in the lab. I became addicted to producing results and quickly began to realize that research was my true calling and that I need to be stimulated more at the research and discovery level, so I switched my career goals to include the earning of a Ph.D. in biochemistry.

Now I am sitting here at the end of my undergraduate career at the University of Toledo, and I’m about to migrate onto a new journey at The University of Chicago. While I am excited to be encapsulated in a highly academic environment, I’m not afraid to admit that I am also slightly apprehensive; however, I keep on reflecting back to how I felt my freshman year here at UT and what it has taught me about new explorations. Many of us encounter some sort of suspense or presentiments about starting new chapters within our lives, but we need to remember that change is what induces excitement within our lives, and what drives us to improve ourselves and ultimately, excel. It was the result of a great change in my life that allowed me to discover my inner devotion and eagerness towards biochemical research.

My time here at the University of Toledo has granted me invaluable experiences that have motivated me to continue my path to a future career as an independent researcher. My professors, fellow classmates, lab members, and family have served as vital sources of inspiration as I strived for my own self-discovery. Overall, my advice to all of you is to keep on pushing yourselves. Each and every one of you has attained great accomplishments during your time here at The University of Toledo, and while that’s worth undivided praise and celebration, don’t let that stop you from obtaining further aspirations or achievements. I am confident that each of you will make great strides to be greater than you were the previous day, and succeed within your future furthered education or careers. With that, I’d like to wish each of you the best as you venture on to a new point in your lives and express an immense gratitude to all of you who have been by my side this entire time.