Pharmacy Student Organization Continues to Rank Top Nationally

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For the eighth time in the past ten years, the UTHSC chapter of the Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA) has won the Chauncey I. Cooper Chapter Excellence Award.

For the eighth time in the past ten years, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) chapter of the Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA) has won the Chauncey I. Cooper Chapter Excellence Award. The award was presented at the national organization’s annual convention in Orlando in July.

Well represented with the most attendees of all student chapters at the event, UTHSC pharmacy students brought home several accolades. Kimberly Walker received the Wal-Mart NPhA Future Leaders Scholarship and Anita Patel and Nikita Wilson received the newly established NPhA Foundation Scholarships.

Carleton Maxwell, a fourth-year UTHSC pharmacy student, is the newly-elected president of the national organization, and three other students, Kimberly Lewis, George Tolbert and Nikita Wilson, were appointed to positions on the executive committee.

“Needless to say, we are quite pleased, and yes, proud of such a tremendous showing on the national level. Through SNPhA, we are able to contribute to the community and obtain real-world experience that will serve us well when we launch our careers,” noted Maxwell.

“This outstanding SNPhA chapter is one of the primary reasons UTHSC has made such progress in minority recruitment to the College of Pharmacy, and it was central to our receiving funding for the Minority Center of Excellence. We are very proud of the effort and enthusiasm our students display toward their future profession,” said Dick Gourley, UTHSC professor and dean of the College of Pharmacy.

SNPhA is an educational service association of minority students who are concerned about pharmacy and healthcare related issues, the historically poor minority representation in pharmacy, and other health-related professions.