Annual Symposium Highlights Student Research

Published on 05 April 2017

All year long, students pulled on their white coats, sharpened their pencils and strapped on their safety goggles to work on research projects ranging from antibiotic therapy efficacy and compliance to gathering Rhodotorula fungal samples. All of that hard work will be showcased during the Eighth Annual Student Research Symposium on Saturday, April 8.

“Being involved in research has taught me valuable skills,” said Dane Fickes, P3 student and Student College of Clinical Pharmacy (SCCP) president. “I’ve learned how to effectively gather information, problem solve in difficult situations, analyze data and trends in order to improve a process, and summarize new findings and present it to others. These lessons are useful in the field of academic sciences, and they are equally important as a pharmacist.”

The annual symposium is organized by the faculty-run Research and Scholarly Activities Committee (RSAC) and SCCP. Together, faculty and students review research abstracts to be included in the symposium. Fickes explained that RASC and SCCP take pride in highlighting research opportunities for all students rather than selecting only a few. The symposium is an opportunity for students to come together and highlight their accomplishments.

“For many patients, pharmacists are a local source of reliable health care information,” Fickes said. “In these situations, it is important to be ready to research a patient’s question, analyze the findings, and educate the patient in a way that is clear and makes sense to them. Although the specific topics may be different, the methodologies and skills used in research can be implemented into our work as pharmacists.”

The Student Research Symposium will be held Saturday, April 8, from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on the second floor of the Academic and Research Building.

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