School of Pharmacy News & Media Center
The University of Mississippi

Pharmacy Matters logo

September 2021

Six people, smiling

Faculty Receive First Science Education Partnership Award

A team of University of Mississippi faculty members has received a prestigious $1.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s Science Education Partnership Award program.

This is the first SEPA grant awarded to the university. It brings together faculty from across the university to participate in Project SCORE, which stands for Student Centered Outcomes Research Experience.

The goal of Project SCORE is to excite Mississippi’s high school and university students about the health sciences. Students will participate in a yearlong weekly afterschool program aimed at increasing their interest in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and health science careers.

Raye and David NewtonPharmacy Alumnus Honors Former School Administrators with Scholarship

Ole Miss Pharmacy alumnus David Newton is making a difference for future pharmacists and educators with the Raye R. and David S. Newton Scholarship Endowment. This unique gift will help students in both the UM School of Pharmacy and School of Education.

Daniel Riche

Pharmacy Professor Modernizes Classroom with Discord App

A messaging application popular with video gamers is helping Daniel Riche spark interaction among students in his classroom. Riche, professor of pharmacy practice, found value in using the app, which allows him to quickly get in touch with students and interact with them in a way that other, older platforms cannot.


Two people inspecting an oysterUM Researchers Working to Protect Mississippi’s Environment

Preserving the health of the Mississippi Coast is important for the health of the state as a whole. Fortunately for the state, the researchers at the Environmental Toxicology Research Program are here to help. Learn more about the program and the environmental issues facing Mississippi from Kristie Willett, chair of the Department of BioMolecular Sciences and graduate coordinator for ETRP.

Sharing the Positivity

Kevin LewellynCongratulations to research administrator Kevin Lewellyn as he was named a Future of the Field honoree by the Society of Research Administrators International! This program aims to showcase up-and-comers innovating and influencing the research administration profession.

Social Media Moments

Group of students in classroomOur first-year student pharmacists got the run down, spoke with student body officers, met our faculty and much more at this year’s orientation.

Group of students in masks holding a sign that says 'Welcome to the Phamily'Our newest Early Entry students had a lot of fun during Welcome Week. Give a big welcome to these future pharmacists!

Two people in masks holding artwork

We embraced our artistic side at this year’s staff retreat. Thanks to the Department of Art and Art History for the lesson!


Kristin Janke from the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, Jessica L. Johnson from the William Carey University School of Pharmacy and Karen Kopacek from the University of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy talked to the PharmacyForward podcast about professional identity formation, how our identities are formed and why they are important. PharmacyForward is produced by the Division of Pharmacy Professional Development at the School of Pharmacy.

Want to help aspiring pharmacists learn more about the profession? Join us on PharmChats, our new video series on YouTube! Watch our recent episodes, or contact to let her know how you want to help.

Be a Champion for Ole Miss Pharmacy and mentor future pharmacists! More information here: