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HCOP initiates 36 into Rho Chi Society

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September 7, 2023

AUBURN, Alabama – Twenty-six students were inducted into the Zeta Chapter of the Rho Chi Pharmacy Honor Society on Wednesday, August 30. The initiation ceremony was held on both the Auburn and Mobile campuses.

Dr. Paul Jungnickel, professor emeritus from the Harrison College of Pharmacy, served as the keynote speaker. Dr. Jungnickel previously served as Zeta Chapter advisor and Rho Chi national president.

The initiation was administered by Dr. Courtney Alexander, the chapter faculty advisor and assistant professor of clinical pharmacogenomics at HCOP, and current chapter officers. Officers were then installed by Ryleigh Berry, chapter president.

Of the 26 initiated, 19 are Pharm.D. students and four are graduate students. Those initiated were:

Pharm.D. Students:

  • Sydney Anderson
  • Anna Katherine Beck
  • Fred D Boozer III
  • Madison Elisa Brown
  • Oksana Buksa
  • Brylee Burch
  • Natalie Ann Cairo
  • Kennedy Carlisle
  • Jihyun Chae
  • Julian Chandler Cotton
  • Lundy Davis
  • Trace Dylan Easterling
  • Sydney Goodman
  • Briley Graves
  • Connor Mac Ian Kelley
  • Mary Layton Lancaster
  • Avery Helen Nobles
  • Shiv Patel
  • Amanda Vickers
  • Razan Waliagha
  • Jessica Walker
  • Caleigh Marie Wallace

Graduate Students:

  • Suhrud Pathak
  • Zarna Atul Raichura
  • Xiangzhong Xue
  • Heqin Yang

Founded in 1922, Rho Chi is an international honor society for pharmaceutical sciences that seeks to advance pharmacy through intellectual leadership. To be invited to join, students must rank in the top 20 percent of their class, have a minimum GPA of 3.0, have not been disciplined for violations of academic integrity or professional standards, and must be elected by a vote of the current chapter members. Auburn’s Zeta Chapter was established in 1925 as the sixth Rho Chi chapter in the country.


About the Harrison College of Pharmacy

Auburn University’s Harrison College of Pharmacy is ranked among the top 25 percent of all pharmacy programs in the United States, according to U.S. News & World Report. Fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), the College offers doctoral degrees in pharmacy (Pharm.D.) and pharmaceutical sciences (Ph.D.) while also offering a master’s in pharmaceutical sciences. The College's commitment to world-class scholarship and interdisciplinary research speaks to Auburn's overarching Carnegie R1 designation that places Auburn among the top 100 doctoral research universities in the nation. For more information about the College, please call 334.844.8348 or visit http://pharmacy.auburn.edu.

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