School Of Pharmacy Students Participate In Pharmaceutical Sciences Research Symposium

Graduate and undergraduate students studying pharmacy, pharmaceutics, pharmacology, medicinal chemistry, and pharmacy administration traveled to West Virginia University on July 27, 2018 to participate in the 10th Annual Pharmaceutical Sciences Research Symposium (PSRS). The 10 graduate students and four student pharmacists were accompanied by Ira Buckner, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Pharmaceutics and AAPS student chapter faculty adviser. Students from Duquesne University, the University of Pittsburgh, and West Virginia University participate in this event every year. The American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) student chapter at the host university organizes the PSRS, and universities take turns hosting the event.

The annual symposium is intended to provide undergraduate and graduate students studying pharmacy and the pharmaceutical sciences with an opportunity to present their research and network with neighboring university students and faculty. At this year's event, students had the opportunity to share their research during poster sessions or podia presentation sessions. Other highlights of the day included a keynote address from Dr. Binodh DeSilva, the former president of AAPS and current head of analytical and bioanalytical operations at Bristol Myers Squibb, and a Q&A panel discussion that allowed students to ask professionals in academia and the pharmaceutical industry questions regarding career choice and job interviewing skills.

Duquesne students represented the University well at the event, with Michele Herneisey and Ngoc Pham winning first and third place, respectively, for their podia presentations. Kevin DeBoyace and Shikhar Mohan won first and second place for their poster presentations in the category of pharmaceutics, and Nathan Schueller and Akshita Bhatt both earned second place for their poster presentations in the categories of pharmacology and drug discovery and -omics, respectively.

"The PSRS continues to be a fantastic event. This symposium not only allows our students to present their work, but also helps them expand their professional networks," Buckner said.

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