Our PharmD students are happy to speak with you about their experience with the application process and what it is like to be a professional student here.
Note: Student mentors are not available for tutoring, counseling, or academic advising. For information on these services, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Current PharmD students: If you are interested in volunteering as a mentor, please contact the DSA President via UBLinked.
Not sure what to ask? Here are some suggestions for questions:
Review each Ambassador bio below to learn about their experiences. Drop by in-person in 272 Pharmacy Building or chat via Zoom. You can also email our students with any questions.
Rachel Duewiger, PharmD Student, Rochester, NY
Tuesdays 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Rachel will be a P3 student at the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences come Fall 2021. She is from Gasport NY, a small town about 40 minutes from Buffalo. She went to Medaille College in Buffalo for her undergrad where she received her Associate's degree in Veterinary Technology and her Bachelor's degree in Biology. After taking a pharmacology class at Medaille she decided to pursue pharmacy after graduating in 2019. She has been a pharmacy intern at Middleport Family Health Center in Middleport NY for a year now. She became a Dean's Student Ambassador during her P2 year. She is also a part of the Student Society of Health-System Pharmacists (SSHP), where she was on the Policy Committee this past year and the Student Association of Specialty Pharmacy (SASP). She would love to chat and answer any questions you may have about Buffalo, UB or the application process!
Chloe Matecki, PharmD Student, Buffalo, NY
Mondays 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Chloe is a current P3 student, who went through the early assurance track here at UB. She is currently working at Rite Aid for her fourth year and second year of interning and joined the DSA program last year. Chloe is also involved as the president of CPNP and historian of Rho Chi on campus, and is participating in the Clinical Research Program. As a peer mentor, Chloe would love to answer any questions concerning involvement, the local area of Buffalo, or starting off in pharmacy schools/work!
Kevin is a current P2 student. He was an early assurance student with involvement in many undergraduate associations at UB, such as the Vietnamese Student Association where he became Vice-President during the 2019-2020 academic year. Kevin currently works at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center as a pharmacy intern. He is actively involved in APhA-ASP as the OTC-Med Safety Co-chair and often helps other personal care projects within the organization. If you have any questions or want to chat, reach out via email or during Kevin’s drop-in time!
Maura Mullen, PharmD Student, New Hyde Park, NY
Tuesdays 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Maura is a P3 (third professional year) student. Maura earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a minor in Public Administration from SUNY Geneseo. She applied to the PharmD program via PharmCAS and prepared for the PCAT during her gap year. She currently works as a pharmacy intern at Sam's Club pharmacy and UR-Medicine Thompson Health Hospital. Prior to pharmacy school she worked as a certified pharmacy technician and an administrative assistant at a medical practice. Maura is involved in the Student Society of Health System Pharmacists (SSHP), Pharmacists Association of Western New York (SPAWNY), and American Pharmaceutical Association Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP). She is happy to answer any questions or concerns regarding the PharmCAS application process, interviews, or the PharmD program at UB.
Samantha Mei, PharmD Student, Lynbrook, NY
Wednesdays 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Samantha is currently a P2.5 year student at the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. She is from Long Island, New York. Before attending the University of Buffalo, she completed her degree in Bachelor of Science in Biology at Stony Brook University. She currently works as a pharmacy intern at CVS Pharmacy and PharMerica and is hoping to go into residency in the future. Samantha is involved in many student organizations at UB such as SSHP, APhA, and IPhO. Also, she holds positions in other organizations such as the President of SCCP, Secretary of APhA and Secretary of AMCP. She is happy to answer any questions about the PharmD program and about UB.
Carrie Yu, PharmD Student, Queens, NY
Thursdays 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Carrie is a P3 student at the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. She grew up in Queens, NYC, but prior to pharmacy school, she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry at the University of Michigan. Carrie is currently the president of Lambda Kappa Sigma (LKS) and the P3 Leader of the Operation Reproductive Health Patient Care Project for American Pharmaceutical Association Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA). This year, she started working at the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center as a pharmacy intern. Carrie is excited to meet prospective pharmacy students, and she is happy to answer any questions regarding her experience with the application process, the pharmacy program, and how to manage your time as a student.
Donald Lu, PharmD Student, Los Angeles, CA
Wednesdays 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Donald is a P3 student at the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. He is from Los Angeles, California, and went to the University of California, San Diego for his undergraduate study. Donald is the "Remember the Ribbon" Initiative Chair for the Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA) and the Professionalism Chair of Lambda Kappa Sigma (LKS). Currently, he is working as a pharmacy intern at CSS Health. Donald is happy to answer any questions about the PharmD program and what it's like to study out of state.
Salome Mawi, PharmD/MBA Student, Burma
Fridays 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Salome recently finished the P1 year in the PharmD program at UB SPPS and is currently completing the MBA year as part of the PharmD/MBA program. She was an Early Assurance student at UB during her undergraduate studies. She grew up in Burma however, she has been living here in Buffalo for about 7 years now. Salome works at Walgreens as a pharmacy intern and previously as a pharmacy technician. For this academic year, she will be serving on the E-board of Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) as a treasurer. Feel free to reach out to Salome with any questions or concerns! She is happy to chat with you via email, virtually or in-person!
Jeanine is a P3 year in the dual-degree PharmD/MS program. She is from Staten Island, NY and graduated with a Bachelors in Forensic Science at John Jay College. Toxicology is her jam, but pharmacy is her passion! Jeanine's life's dream is to be an industrial pharmacist and help develop clinical trials to make better, safer, and more affordable medicines for patients. She is part of the Sprowl lab and is currently researching which transporters are responsible for the ototoxic effects of cisplatin; experimenting with frog oocytes and mice. She loves meeting and working with new people, and believes in taking a holistic approach while caring for patients. In her spare time she enjoys reading, watching Netflix, hiking, and developing new skills. Please drop in on her office hours if you'd like to chat, unwind, or if you need help of any kind.
Christine Akiki, PharmD Student, Saratoga Springs, NY
Wednesdays 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Christine Akiki is a current P3 student from Saratoga Springs, NY. Before attending UB, she completed her Bachelor of Science in Public Health and Microbiology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She currently serves on the E-board for SCCP as IT chair and IPhO as VIP Case Competition lead. In addition, she is excited to become involved in the clinical research program as a third year student. Outside of school, Christine works as an intern at Riverview Professional Pharmacy. She hopes to pursue a career in clinical research and industrial pharmacy when she graduates from pharmacy school.
Destiny Osborne, PharmD Student, Bronx, NY
Tuesdays 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Destiny is a P3 students in the PharmD program at the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Starting in 2017, she did two years of pre-pharmacy undergraduate studies in the Early Assurance program at the University at Buffalo. Destiny entered the school in 2019 and is now apart of the class of 2023. Her hometown is Bronx, NY. Destiny plans on working in a community pharmacy during school, but hopes to one day continue on to a residency during post grad. Her spare time consist of participating in professional organizations such as APhA, SSHP, PNHP, being a military member and working as a pharmacy intern at CVS. Destiny also loves to dance, bake, ice-skate and paint. She would be more than willing to answer any questions regarding the Early Assurance process or about the PharmD program.
Shelby Chan, PharmD/MBA Student, New York, NY
Fridays 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Shelby is currently an MBA student pursuing a PharmD/MBA dual degree. She is from New York City and started UB in Fall 2018. She entered UB through the 2+4 Early Assurance Program. During her undergraduate years, she was enrolled in the UB Honors College and advocated for the pharmacy program as the Vice President of UB Prepharmacy Club. Shelby currently works at the Visiting Nursing Association (VNA) as a pharmacy intern. She is actively involved in Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) as the Student Diplomat and Student Association of Specialty Pharmacy (SASP) as the Social Media Marking Committee. She is very excited to speak with prospective students interested in going to pharmacy school or answer any questions you may have!
Hadijat Bhadmus, PharmD/MBA Student, Staten Island, NY
Tuesdays 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Hadijat Bhadmus is currently a third year PharmD/MBA student from Staten Island, NY. She entered the PharmD through the Early Assurance program here at UB. Hadijat is involved in the SNPhA organization and serves on the Diversity and Equity committees for the School of Pharmacy and Pharamceutical Sciences and the School of Management. After graduation, she hopes to work within the public health/ health equity sector. During her free time, she enjoyes trying new restaurants and all things DIY.
Baraa Alnaji, PharmD Student, Buffalo NY
Tuesdays 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Baraa is a third year PharmD student from Buffalo, NY. She graduated from University at Buffalo with a Bachelor's Degree in She currently works as a pharmacy intern at Wegmans and DENT Neurologic Institute. Baraa serves as the co-chair for Project Keepsake for SNPhA which helps to raise awareness about chronic kidney disease.
Jason Dey, PharmD/MS Student, Rochester, NY
Fridays 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Jason is currently a P2 student in the PharmD/MS dual degree program in Pharmaceutical Sciences, currently researching the impact of membrane transporters on the toxicity of a certain chemotherapy agent. He has been involved in research since 2013 as an undergraduate at SUNY Brockport. Jason has volunteered extensively helping addicts and has worked as a personal care aid/caregiver for the elderly/disabled both in nursing homes and (mainly) in home since 2013 as well. His involvement in direct patient care helps give insight into the perspective of elderly patients and their often limited knowledge of what medications they're on and why, which is largely what spurred him to go into pharmacy instead of medicine. Jason has wide ranging interests and experiences and is available to help answer any questions you may have or are just seeking some advice in general.