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WSU graduate student selected for national science mentoring program

Ana VergaraWashington State University graduate student Ana Vergara has been selected by the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET) as one of 16 graduate students nationally for its 2017-18 cohort of the ASPET Mentoring Network, which is a program that provides career development and coaching for graduate students and postdoctoral trainees.

Each trainee is part of a six-person coaching group and will participate in both group and individual meetings throughout the year. The program focuses on professional development beyond the research bench including interview skills, communication and networking. Vergara will receive a $1,000 travel … » More …

College of Pharmacy Ph.D. graduate receives campus award

WSU College of Pharmacy graduate Emily Johnson received a 2016 WSU Spokane Chancellor’s Award. The Chancellor’s Awards recognize students for their significant leadership, academic contributions to the campus and community, and their commitment to innovation and ingenuity in their chosen field. Johnson recently completed her Ph.D. in pharmaceutical sciences at WSU in Spokane.

Johnson was presented the award during the 2016 WSU Spokane Commencement Breakfast on May 6. She was nominated by her faculty mentor, Experimental and Systems Pharmacology Associate Professor Susan Marsh, and selected by WSU Spokane Chancellor Lisa Brown.

“Emily is a perfect example of a student who has excelled in all six … » More …

College of Pharmacy says thank you, celebrates students, alumni and donors

The Washington State University College of Pharmacy celebrated with alumni and donors at its annual spring recognition event, Friday, April 22, on the WSU Health Sciences campus in Spokane, Washington.

The event, which was re-named Celebrating Generosity this year, is hosted by the college every spring to celebrate and say “thank you” to its alumni and donors who have made significant contributions to the college in the past year, and to present the college’s annual awards.

Individual and corporate support has allowed the college to award $325,000 in student scholarships for the 2015-16 academic year.

New scholarships and endowment funds established within the last year … » More …

Graduate student takes her love of science to Capitol Hill

Kari Gaither from WSU traveled to Washington, D.C., this spring as part of a group of 15 early-career scientists from across the United States to participate in biomedical research advocacy for the inaugural American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Early-Career Hill Day.

Gaither represented more than 14,000 graduate students, medical students and residents, and clinical and postdoctoral fellows that make up the associate membership of the AACR.

Gaither’s group included one other young scientist and an AACR staffer. They made the rounds thanking legislators for their support and advocating for the continuation of funding of research through NIH programs. They visited representatives from the offices … » More …

College of Pharmacy says thank you, celebrates students, alumni and donors

The Washington State University College of Pharmacy hosted its annual Donor Appreciation and Awards Night on Friday, April 17, on campus at WSU Health Sciences at Spokane to honor and celebrate the individual and corporate supporters who have made significant contributions to the College in the last year.

“Without their generosity we would not be able to offer the wide range of educational opportunities for our students, including travel to professional conferences, our Career Seminar series, the best faculty anywhere, and of course, scholarship support,” said Linda Garrelts MacLean, an associate dean for the college and the event’s emcee.

Gerald Briggs, class of 1968, was … » More …

Student earns national award to study inflammatory diseases

SPOKANE, Wash. – A pharmaceutical sciences Ph.D. student at Washington State University Spokane has received a national award to help fund his research to slow or stop osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Solomon A. Agere is the second student from the lab of WSU College of Pharmacy researcher Salah-uddin Ahmed to earn the Health Professional Research Preceptorship from the Rheumatology Research Foundation ( The award comes with a $3,500 stipend, $2,000 for lab supplies and a $1,000 travel grant to attend the American College of Rheumatology annual meeting.

Agere’s research seeks new insights into the role of chemokines – molecular-weight proteins that help draw inflammatory cells … » More …

Pharmacy student wins WSU thesis contest

PULLMAN, Wash. – Emily Johnson, a Ph.D. candidate from the College of Pharmacy, won Washington State University’s first university-wide Three Minute Thesis competition March 26.

The event, part of WSU’s annual Showcase celebration of faculty, staff and student excellence, was sponsored by the Office of the Provost. Another Showcase event, the Distinguished Faculty Address by the School of Music’s Gerald Berthiaume, also was Thursday.

Johnson studies pharmaceutical sciences – specifically how anti-cancer drugs affect sugar metabolism and heart health. She hopes her research will lead to a new way of combating heart disease in diabetics.

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Student earns national honor two years in a row for drug research

Washington State University graduate student Brandon Gufford will receive a Presidential Trainee Award from the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics (ASCPT) on March 4, 2015, at the organization’s 2015 annual meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana. Gufford is a Ph.D. candidate at the College of Pharmacy, and this will be the second year in a row for him to receive this honor.

“There are a very small number of individuals who have been repeat awardees,” said ASCPT representative Judy Dalie.

Gufford was selected for this year’s award for a collaborative research project with WSU pharmacy faculty members Mary F. Paine and John R. White. … » More …

Ph.D. program offers additional opportunities, industry internships

One of the differences between today’s Ph.D. students and those of a few years ago is their interest in being exposed to more career opportunities, says Kathryn E. Meier, associate dean for graduate education in the College of Pharmacy.

“It used to be they came into the program and expected to be prepared mainly for an academic research career,” Meier said. “Now they are seeking opportunities to acquire skills related to other career paths, such as the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries.”

Meier approached the issue with the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET) in response to a “Big Ideas” initiative. Her proposal to … » More …