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2016 Awards Dinner honors student achievements
By UCSF School of Pharmacy Editorial Staff / Tue May 3, 2016
The annual UCSF School of Pharmacy Student Awards and Recognition Dinner, hosted by Dean B. Joseph Guglielmo, PharmD, and sponsored by Ralph’s Inc., was held on Friday, April 29, 2016, at UCSF’s Mission Bay campus.
The event honored dozens of students whose excellence and leadership were recognized with scholarships and awards at the campus, state, and national levels. The following is a brief selection from the evening’s presentations.
Leon Levy & Family Scholarship
The Leon Levy & Family Scholarship was presented to student pharmacist Micah Ahazie, Class of 2018. The $5,000 scholarship was recently established by Leon Levy, PharmD ’57, in recognition of the transformative impact the School had on his life. Levy served the Inner Sunset community for almost 40 years as a respected pharmacist and vital health resource.
The Levy Scholarship supports a promising student in the School’s PharmD program who is focused on a career within community pharmacy as an Advanced Practice Pharmacist. The latter is a recently established designation under state law that authorizes pharmacists with specific training and patient treatment experience, including those in community settings, to provide additional clinical services.
Dohmen Life Science Scholarship
The Dohmen Life Science Scholarship was presented to student pharmacists Kendra Radtke, Class of 2018, and Gabriel Wong, Class of 2017, by Guglielmo on behalf of Dohmen CEO Cynthia LaConte. The $10,000 scholarship was established by the Dohmen Company Foundation in memory of Sally Van Doren, PharmD, who completed her residency at UCSF in 1986 and also taught and advised at the School.
The Dohmen Scholarship recognizes academic excellence, entrepreneurial spirit, and a desire to serve the life science industry—traits reflecting the achievements of Van Doren, who founded BioSoteria, Inc., a leading provider of drug safety and risk management services to the biopharmaceutical industry. BioSoteria was later acquired by Dohmen.
Roger G. Ketcham Scholarships
Two students awarded Roger G. Ketcham Scholarships last fall were also recognized. Third-year (Class of 2017) student pharmacists Meghan Whalen and Gabriel Wong were honored as recipients of the $5,000 scholarships.
Gordon Dow, PharmD ’65, founder of Dow Pharmaceutical Sciences, established the endowed fund with his wife, Joanne, in honor of the late Roger Ketcham, PhD, a School professor and organic chemist beloved by generations of students for his generous and caring nature.
Walgreens honors diversity and inclusion
The Walgreens Diversity and Inclusion Award was presented to student pharmacist Troy Santos, Class of 2019. Walgreens Diversity Scholarships were presented to student pharmacists Hana Bary, Class of 2019, and Shannan Takhar, Class of 2018.
Funded by Walgreens, the largest drugstore chain in the United States, the $2,000 Diversity and Inclusion Excellence Award recognizes a student pharmacist who embraces and promotes diversity and inclusion initiatives at UCSF. The $1,000 Diversity Scholarships are awarded to student pharmacists who demonstrate a commitment to community outreach and to raising awareness of diversity.
Complete listing of honorees: 2016 Student Awards & Recognition Dinner
About the School: The UCSF School of Pharmacy is a premier graduate-level academic organization dedicated to improving health through precise therapeutics. It succeeds through innovative research, by educating PharmD health professional and PhD science students, and by caring for the therapeutics needs of patients while exploring innovative new models of patient care. The School was founded in 1872 as the first pharmacy school in the American West. It is an integral part of UC San Francisco, a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide.