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June 2021

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GlyCORE to Host Inaugural Mid-South Glycoscience Meeting

The Glycoscience Center of Research Excellence at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy is set to host the inaugural Mid-South Glycoscience Meeting. The meeting, slated for July 19 at the Thad Cochran Research Center, will be a one-day event that serves a venue for Mid-South glycoscience researchers and their trainees to feature their work, network and establish new opportunities for collaboration.  

Image: Shukria AkbarLearning from Each Other

Being a new student in a new school can be challenging. But thanks to guidance from a first-time mentor, Shukria Akbar found a future in scientific research during her time at the School of Pharmacy.

Tate Pepper and his girlfriend at a Mississippi State football gameHelping His State Through Pharmacy

He may be a Mississippi State fan, but Ole Miss Pharmacy student Tate Pepper is making a difference in the Oxford community. With one degree down and one to go, he’ll soon be making a difference in the state as a pharmacist.


Rasha Elkanayati holds up her dry mouth strip product with lab equipment in background.Starting a New Tradition

Graduation is not a new tradition, but becoming the first graduate of a new program is a tradition Rasha Elkanayati is excited to make. She is a member of the inaugural graduating class of the master’s program in industrial pharmacy at the University of Mississippi.

Sharing the Positivity

C.J. sits in a chair drinking coffee with a computer in his lap.2021 Ole Miss Pharmacy graduate C.J. Lowe grew up with asthma. Now he’ll put his education to work in helping others. As a fellow with AstraZeneca, he will research treatments for asthma and COPD. Learn more about C.J., his plans for the future, and how pharmacy school fueled his passion for volunteering.

Social Media Moments

Two students in masksOur 2021 commencement ceremony was one to remember! Take a look, and congratulations to all of our stellar graduates!

Three students in masksThe Class of 2020 returned to campus for their own commencement ceremony as well! Check out some of the moments from the Tad Pad.

Image: Marc Slattery and John Rimoldi

For Teacher Appreciation Day, we celebrated Marc Slattery and John Rimoldi from the Department of Biomolecular Sciences, who have been with the university for 25 years!


Jessica Louie, president of Clarify Simplify Align and Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice at West Coast University — talked to the PharmacyForward podcast about how a meaningful side gig can reignite passion and excitement. PharmacyForward is produced by the Division of Pharmacy Professional Development at the School of Pharmacy.

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