School Awards Students for Excellence and Outstanding Achievements

Pictured (L-R): Corey Kelsom, Maya Shehayeb and Himika Patel, recipients of the Merck Award for exceptional academic achievement

Thirty-nine members of the graduating class of 2017 were presented awards at a graduation celebration on the Broad Center Lawn at the USC Health Sciences Campus on Friday, June 2.

In addition to student awards, the Preceptor of the Year award was handed to Robert Fellin, PharmD, of the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

See more photos from the event here.

The full list of awards presented:

Award Name: Phi Delta Chi
Description: Recognizing a Year 4 student for achievements, scholarship, professionalism and fraternity involvement
Recipient: Krysty Avila

Award Name: Phi Delta Chi Richard Seibert Community Pharmacy Award
Description: Recognizing a Year 4 student who demonstrates outstanding service in community-based pharmacy practice and brotherhood within the fraternity
Recipient: Jeanice Rodriguez

Award Name: K&B Pharmacy Associates
Description: To encourage the entrepreneurial spirit in pharmacy students. Students should have taken the pharmacy business elective and have or will enroll in an administrative pharmacy ownership elective or is an active participant in NCPA
Recipient: Tiffany Luong

Award Name: PRL Pharma Group
Description: Award is for students that are on the winning team of the annual Pharmaceutical Commercialization Case Competition
Recipients: Matthew Pakizegee, Andrea Caro, Joshua Meinert, Arrash Darban, Shawn Feldman

Award Name: Excellence in Psychiatric Pharmacy Award
Description: Psych Pharmacy Faculty (Julie, Michael, Susie, Glen) will select the recipient based on our experiences with students in their experiential clerkships and involvement with the student CPNP organization.
Recipient: Kamlynn Chow

Award Name: Rite Aid Corporation
Description: Students with an interest in community pharmacy practice who have demonstrated leadership ability
Recipient: Lourd Kettoola

Award Name: QSAD
Description: To be given to an outstanding student
Recipient: Denny Woo

Award Name: Walgreens (1)
Description: for excellence in Business/Leadership
Recipient: Ani Ginosyan

Award Name: Walgreens (2)
Description: for excellence in Business/Leadership
Recipient: Christopher Hajou

Award Name: Dean’s Innovation Award
Description: For excellence in innovative research
Recipient: Isaac Asante

Award Name: Ron Alkana Outstanding Scholar Award
Description: for an interdisciplinary doctoral student who exhibits a commitment and demonstration of significant student leadership
Recipient: Zoe Folchman-Wagner

Award Name: Outcome Award
Description: for outstanding achievement in doctoral work focused on economic analysis of diverse aspects of health system data to promote better outcomes
Recipient: Justin McGinnis

Award Name: Discovery Award
Description: for outstanding achievement in doctoral work focused on fundamental drug development and/or disease mechanism
Recipient: Weiwen Sun

Award Name: Translational Award
Description: for outstanding achievement in doctoral work focused on clinical and translational research with potential impact on human health
Recipient: Maira Soto

Award Name: Boiron
Description: For demonstrating excellence in appropriately using integrative medicine in pharmacy practice
Recipient: Alexander Kirsonis

Award Name: Advocacy Service Award
Description: for outstanding advocacy for helping underserved populations
Recipient: Sai Upadhyayula

Award Name: Mylan
Description: for superior proficiency in drug information services
Recipient: Mustafa Lee

Award Name: Teva
Description: for excellence in the study of pharmacy
Recipient: Emily Chang

Award Name: Lilly
Description: for leadership, high ethical standards and scholarship
Recipient: Amanda Vu

Award Name: Merck
Description: for exceptional academic achievement (presented to three seniors with the highest cumulative GPA for six semesters)
Recipient: Maya Shehayeb, Himika Patel and Corey Kelsom

Award Name: Natural Medicines
Description: for perpetuating multidisciplinary, evidence-based research practices, healthcare communications, or information
Recipient: Stephanie Sekimura and Joseph Yoon

Award Name: Pharmacist Letter Award
Description: for outstanding promise in the assessment, evaluation or delivery of patient care related to the use of natural medicines
Recipient: Danielle Cortez

Award Name: Adrianna “Terri” Weissman Memorial Award
Description: for high ethical standards pharmacy practice
Recipient: William Duong

Award Name: Science Meets Art
Description: for a student who demonstrates talent by combining science with creative arts, including authoring a book on poetry
Recipient: Ruth Madievsky

Award Name: Outstanding Research in Clinical Pharmacy
Description: for a student who completed a clinically-relevant research project and presented an abstract at a professional conference
Recipient: Brian Phan

Award Name: Health Care Decision and Analysis Award
Description: for excellence in the study of Health Care Decision and Analysis
Recipient: Arrash Darban

Award Name: Health Care Decision and Analysis Award
Description: for excellence in the study of Health Care Decision and Analysis
Recipient: Amanda Vu

Award Name: McKesson
Description: for the most significant contribution to the Academy of Students of Pharmacy (student chapter of APhA)
Recipient: Maya Ballis

Award Name: Acacia, Inc.
Description: for proficiency in IV therapy
Recipient: Dina Trang

Award Name: Good Neighbor Pharmacy Award
Description: recognizing a student with entrepreneurial spirit and an interest in independent community pharmacy
Recipient: Grace Kim

Award Name: Standard Process
Description: For excellence in adopting a holistic approach to health within a community pharmacy
Recipient: Katherine Fukunaga

Award Name: Regulatory Science – Aiko Maruya Award
Description: For contributing to the Regulatory Science program through outstanding scholarship and leadership, and who has a minimum GPA of 3.5
Recipient: Tejas Shah