Husson University Holds Pharmacy Camp for High School Students

Date of Release: July 18, 2011

Husson University's School of Pharmacy is holding a week-long Pharmacy Camp for high school students in Maine who are interested in pursuing careers in pharmacy. Walgreens, a national pharmacy chain, has provided a $10,000 diversity grant for the second year in a row, a significant portion of which goes to sponsor the camp.

Organizational support is being provided by the Husson University School of Pharmacy Academy of Student Pharmacists. Sixteen rising juniors and seniors representing cities and towns from across the State were chosen to attend the camp through a competitive application process. The funds provided by Walgreens were aimed at assisting deserving low-income students in attending the camp.

"It is a truly dynamic program that includes a mix of lab work, field trips, guest lecturers, games, and group activities," states Dean of the School of Pharmacy Rodney A. Larson, Ph.D., R.Ph. "Their time at the Camp will provide the foundation needed to make an informed decision as to whether they wish to pursue a career in pharmacy."

The students will have the opportunity to work in Husson's Compounding Lab, where they will be tasked with compounding several different types of pharmaceutical products. Guest lecturers will provide information about pursuing a pharmacy career, hospital pharmacy and residency, and other topics relating to the field. Students will also play games, like Pharmacy Minute to Win It and Pharmacy Calculations Jeopardy, aimed at sharpening their knowledge while having fun. After hours, students will enjoy time in Husson's athletics facilities, a movie night, and other group activities.

The camp kicked off today with a welcome from Husson President Robert Clark, followed by a tour of the University and the School of Pharmacy.

"We are pleased to hold the Pharmacy Camp at Husson," states President Clark. "It speaks to our goal of providing hands-on learning experiences that will better prepare students for their professional careers."

For more information, please contact Amanda Kitchen at 207-992-4925.

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