School Recognizes Students for Excellence, Outstanding Achievements

The class of 2018 came together for a graduation celebration and awards ceremony on Pappas Quad at the USC Health Sciences Campus on Wednesday, May 9. After a performance by the Trojan Marching band, Dr. Susie Park, Associate Dean of Student Affairs, took to the stage to recognize students for their achievements.

37 members of the graduating class of 2018 were presented awards for various achievements. Joining the presentation of the awards were Dean Papadopoulos, faculty members, program administrators and alumni.

In addition to student awards, Area of Concentration certificates were awarded to students who completed one of seven specialized tracks in the PharmD program including comprehensive medication management and high-risk populations, education, health systems and care management, pharmaceutical industry, public and international health, research, and pharmacy entrepreneurship.

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Awards Presented

Here is the full list of awards presented:

Lyndsie Okumura, Phi Delta Chi Dwaine Lawrence Achievement Award

Tam Phan, Phi Delta Chi Richard Seibert Community Pharmacy Award

Lila Kim, USC Psychiatric Pharmacy Faculty Award – Excellence in Psychiatric Pharmacy Award

Jordan Despanie, Dean’s Innovation Award

Charles Caldwell, Ron Alkana Outstanding Scholar Award

PharmD candidates received Area of Concentration certificates, a special distinction awarded to students for completing 12 units of a specialized curriculum.

Wei-Han Cheng, Outcomes Award

Johannes van Dijk, Discovery Award for outstanding achievement in doctoral work focused on fundamental drug development and/or disease mechanism

Siyu Liu, Translational Award for outstanding achievement in doctoral work focused on clinical and translational research with potential impact on human health

Vincent Li, Science Meets Art Award, for a student who demonstrates talent by combining science with creative arts

Lila Kim, Outstanding Research in Clinical Pharmacy Award for a student who completed a clinically-relevant research project (and presented an abstract at a professional conference)

Dr. Enrique Cadenas presented the Ron Alkana Outstanding Scholar Award to PhD candidate, Charles Caldwell.

Jack Badaracco, Health Care Decision Analysis Award

Sang Nguyen, 986 Degrees Corporation Award

Miriam Eshaghian, Mylan Award

Tam Phan, Rite Aid Corporation

Daria Lukonaina, Walgreens Award

Christian Khourey, Walgreens Award

Miriam Eshaghian, Advocacy Service Award

Irene Chen, Boiron Award

Mnwabisi Mbangata, Alex Louie, Alison Scholer, James Ticorat, Tiffany Tran, Pharmaceutical Commercialization Case Competition Award

Elizabeth Gonzales, Rx Relief Award

Harut Urfalyan, Drs. Seta and Raffi Svadjian Award

John Truong, Lilly Award

Dr. Annie Wong Beringer presented the Translational Award for outstanding achievement in doctoral work to Siyu Li.

Julie Yoo, Acacia, Inc. Award for proficiency in IV therapy

Eunice Chou, Standard Process Award for excellence in adopting a holistic approach to health within a community pharmacy

Tianhua Gu, Student Service Award

Dennis Harris, Teva Award for excellence in the study of pharmacy

Yuen Ng; Lisa Walker; Madison Cameron, Merck Award for exceptional academic achievement (presented to three seniors with the highest cumulative GPA for six semesters)

Ryan Hays, Natural Medicines Award for perpetuating multidisciplinary, evidence-based research practices, healthcare communications, or information

Vanessa Delayo, Pharmacist Letter Award for outstanding promise in the assessment, evaluation or delivery of patient care related to the use of natural medicines

Alen Hakimi, McKesson Award for the most significant contribution to the Academy of Students of Pharmacy (student chapter of APhA)

Oscar Tello, Good Neighbor Pharmacy Award recognizing a student with entrepreneurial spirit and an interest in independent community pharmacy