March 17, 2017
By Anna Herd
OXFORD, Miss. – The UM School of Pharmacy chapter of the Rho Chi Society, a pharmacy academic honor society, is hosting a research day on March 21 for pharmacy students to present posters detailing their ongoing research. Judges will evaluate the posters and choose three winners from among the displays. (Update, March 21, 3 p.m.: The winning posters of Rho Chi Research Day were announced here.)
Erin Holmes, associate professor of pharmacy administration at UM and treasurer of the chapter, said the event is a great way to learn about the pharmacy students’ research.
“I really enjoy seeing the diversity in their research,” Holmes said. “I think that summarizing their work into a poster and presenting it to our judges and guests is very valuable for their future careers.”
Cody Taylor, a fourth-year pharmacy student and president of the UM Rho Chi chapter, believes the research day is an opportunity to gain experience and receive feedback from peers and faculty.
“Rho Chi Research Day offers the chance for students to present posters on a small scale before presenting at large organizational meetings,” Taylor said. “It could also serve as the fuel that fires new research ideas in the future.”
John Bentley is chair of the pharmacy administration department and a faculty co-adviser of the chapter.
“Ideally, it demonstrates to the student researchers, and possibly other students who view the posters, that conducting research can be engaging, rewarding and enjoyable, hopefully leading students to pursue other research opportunities in their careers,” Bentley said.
The Rho Chi Research Day will be held Tuesday, March 21 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in the atrium of the Thad Cochran Research Center. All are welcome and refreshments will be provided.