Second-Year Student Is Finalist for National Research Award

Grace Singson, PharmD Class of 2022, who received the Defining the Future Research Grant from the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists (CPNP) for her project titled “Assessing Mental Health and LGBTQ+ Care Knowledge of USC School of Pharmacy Students,” was named a finalist for the CPNP Foundation Strategic Goals Award.

The grant allows her and USC School of Pharmacy’s Rx Pride affinity group to conduct an LGBTQ+ Competency Workshop and funds her travel to the CPNP 2020 Annual Meeting in Dallas to present her results. Singson is co-chair of Rx Pride, along with Janelle Francisco, PharmD Class of 2023, and Claire Pamintuan, PharmD Class of 2021.

“The grant supports research that innovates and promotes cutting-edge practices that will impact the care of patients,” says Tam Phan, administrative chair and faculty adviser to Rx Pride. “Grace brings great innovations and advocacy to the field of pharmacy, and her work is now paving a way for future clinicians to be aware of various stigma and disparities in the LGBTQ+ community.”

Singson was one of only two student pharmacists nationwide who qualified to be finalists based on their submitted abstracts; the other eight finalists are practicing pharmacists, university professors and pharmacy residents.