Student Organizations

Pharmacy student organizations.

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Important Notes

  • Professional fraternities usually require an application and a waiting period during which a candidate must prove worthy of being accepted. This time period may last from two to several weeks, but in no case shall last beyond October 31 of each academic year. 
  • Professional fraternities may not haze but offer to the student an avenue for personal and professional growth. See policy against hazing on Behavior Policies.
  • Students who fall below a cumulative grade point average of 2.50 may not serve in any elective or appointed leadership position in School, Social, Honorary or Professional organizations until the cumulative grade point average is above this level. See Curricular Policy on Outside Activities
  • Please also see documents and links to national organizations on ACPE resources.

Leadership Development Fund

The Leadership Development Fund is intended to support attendance and participation at professional conferences. Below, you will find a form for requesting travel funds for professional organizations (UBITName and password required). Be sure to carefully read all of the rules and conditions. All requests must be made through a president or treasurer of an organization and only one request from an organization will be accepted. The organization then receives reimbursement which will be distributed to those who attended (based on funding). 

This funding will cover all conferences from November 1, 2018 through October 31, 2019. You must anticipate your future needs.  

PharmD Class Officers

Class of 2020

President: Marissa Guszkowski
Vice-President: Gregory Statt
Treasurer: Jessica Swiderek
Course Coordinator: Matthew Poremba

Class of 2021

President: Brenna Gelen
Vice President: Habib Rahman
Treasurer: Dhavani Shah
Course Coordinator: Denis Vanini

Class of 2022

President:  Ali Zahid
Vice President:  Gary Vang
Treasurer:  Joseph MacKinnon
Course Coordinator Lawrence Moy

Class of 2023

President: Marisa Masi
Vice President: Jeff Dolphin
Treasurer: Macy Meng
Class Coordinator: Dylan Goodwin

Student Organizations:

School of Pharmacy Student Association (SPSA)

The School of Pharmacy Student Association represents the student body and sponsors social functions. It is comprised of the class officers and officers of the other student organizations.

Officers:
President: Elizabeth Patt
Vice President: Kira Voyer
Secretary: Viktoriya Avlasevich
Treasurers: Marissa Saber and Hannah Graesser
Senators:  Caroline Irwin, Jared Gilbert, Emanuel Jaffe and Autumn Punter
Faculty Advisor: Karl Fiebelkorn, Senior Associate Dean, Pharmacy Practice

Professional Student Organizations

Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP)

AMCP.

The AMCP student chapter at UB was formed in 2011 to facilitate the education, development, and promotion of the principles and practices of managed care pharmacy. There are over 18,000 pharmacists working for health plans and pharmacy benefit management companies. It’s their responsibility to make sure that the plan they design provides individual patients with appropriate drugs and drug therapies, conveniently and cost-effectively. It’s a complex job, involving the expert skills of clinically trained pharmacists at every step in the patient-care process. As with pharmacists who practice in other settings, pharmacists in managed care environments are committed to ensuring that medications are used appropriately to improve patient’s health. When you join, AMCP will help you navigate the world of managed care pharmacy, build a professional network, and explore career paths!

Officers:
President: Andrey Polukhin
Vice President: Lydia Deinhart
Treasurer: Ali Zahid
Secretary: Lan Chen
Historian: Anson Chin
Student Diplomat: Gary Vang
Student Diplomat: Dhvani Shah
P&T Coordinator: Yi (Eve) Zheng
P3 Liaison: Jiawei (Janette) Huang
P2 Liaison: Serhiy Pomayda
P1 Liaison: TBD

American Pharmaceutical Association Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP)

APHA-ASP.

The APhA Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) is a division of the American Pharmaceutical Association. Its purpose is to foster the professional development of students. This organization sponsors a number of programs including the Poison Prevention Program aimed at pre-school and early grade school children, the Drug Abuse Awareness Program for grade school and high school students, a hypertension screening program, "brown bag counseling", Big Brother/Big Sister program, and more!

Officers:
President: Laurie Plewinski
President Elect: Caroline Irwin
Communications VP: Brigitte Tsang
Professionalism VP: Zachery Martin
Interprofessional VP: Caroline Krukowski
Membership VP: Rachel Tsang
Policy VP: Rachel Mesina
Secretary: Baylie Slowik
Finance VP: Edward Pudim
IPSF President: Zakiya Rhodie
IPSF Secretary: Dhvani Shah
IPSF Treasurer: Jinchan Yoo
IPSF Outreach Coordinator: Gisela Canales
IPSF Health Campaign Coordinator: Jasmine Chien
Faculty Advisors: Erin Slazak and Gina Prescott

American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS)

AAPS.

AAPS serves its membership, the pharmaceutical sciences, the biomedical and biotechnological community, the health professions and the interest of public health. This is accomplished by providing open forums for the exchange and dissemination of scientific knowledge by fostering the education and career growth of members and recognizing individual achievement; by influencing the formation of public policy relevant to health and related issues of public concern and, by promoting the pharmaceutical sciences as they relate to health issues of public concern.

Officers:
Chair: David Bussing
Vice Chair: Joy Gong
Treasurer: Ping Chen
Secretary: Jonathan Perri
Faculty Advisor: Dhaval Shah

American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP)

ASCP.

ASCP is an organization that seeks to promote the role of the consultant pharmacist as a health-care specialist. The student branch of the New York State chapter of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists was formed in the spring of 1997. The branch functions as a student arm of the state organization and offers opportunities for students interested in consultant pharmacy.

Officers:
President: Roksolana Lypska
President Elect: Katherine Purdy
Vice President: Ivana Ilievska
Secretary: Jennifer Stanton
Treasurer: Rebecca Meyer
Faculty Advisor: Robert Wahler

Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International (CPFI)

CPFI.

The CPFI Student chapter at UB was formed in December of 2009 to provide fellowship among like-minded professionals in the health-care and medicinal sciences. We hope to challenge and promote spiritual growth centered on Jesus Christ by integrating faith into the professional and personal lives of pharmacists and students.

Officers:
President: Lena Kuffuor-Afriyie
Vice President: Theresa Tufuor
Secretary: Zakiya Rhodie
Treasurer: Samourra Joseph
Faculty Advisor: Edward Bednarczyk

College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists (CPNP)

CPNP.

Members of CPNP work directly with patients and caregivers to apply specialized clinical knowledge and skills, educate and train healthcare professionals, and develop new knowledge in order to improve health outcomes for those individuals with psychiatric disorders, including substance use and neurologic disorders. Members apply evidence-based, cost-efficient best practices as a member of a treatment team to achieve patient recovery and improved quality of life.

Officers:
President: Christopher Banker
Vice-President: Alexis Watters
Treasurer: Eve Zheng
Secretary: Rachel Singer
Historian: Cecilia Fratus
Faculty Advisor: Tammie Lee Demler

Dean's Student Ambassadors (DSA)

SPPS.

Dean’s Student Ambassadors are a voluntary public relations organization of students who assist in the promotion of the UB School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences to prospective students, their families, alumni, preceptors, and the university and external communities.

Officers:
Co-Presidents: Raina Shah and Prachi Trivedi
Treasurer: Mansi Chudgar
Secretary: Brenna Gelen
Communications Chair: May Thandar
Faculty Advisor: Jennifer Rosenberg, Associate Dean and Director of Admissions, Enrollment Planning and Pre-Pharmacy Advising
Staff Advisor: Christine Stumm, Associate Director of Admissions and Advisement

Refer to Dean's Student Ambassadors webpage for application, information and instructions.

Industry Pharmacists Organization (IPhO)

IPhO.

The Industry Pharmacists Organization (IPhO) believes that pharmacists' scientific training, medication expertise, clinical acumen, patient focus and experience as healthcare providers make us ideally suited for a career in the pharmaceutical industry. Pharmacists play a key role in professional organizations by making valuable contributions to drug development and optimal medication utilization. IPhO works with its members to advocate for advancing industry-based pharmacists to leadership positions by increasing awareness and recognition among employers, senior management, colleagues, thought leaders, educators and students of what pharmacists have to offer.

Officers:
President: Jake Kinley
Vice President: Viktoriya Avlasevich
Director of National Engagement: Kathryn Gentz
Director of Social Media and Marketing: Kyle George
Director of Professional Programming: Nicholas Cashman
Director of Communications: Johanna Caufaglione
Director of Finances/Fundraising: Neo (Hsuan-Yun) Su
Faculty Advisor: Joseph Balthasar

International Pharmaceutical Students Federation (IPSF)

IPSF.

The UB International Pharmaceutical Students Federation is an organization focused on outreach initiatives to underserved populations on the local, national, and international level. The organization is responsible for organizing annual international medical mission trips, annual medical mission trips to areas within the United States, and local outreach in the Western New York area throughout the year. Students also have the opportunity to attend the annual Global Missions Health Conference in November.

Officers:
President: Zakiya Rhodie 
Secretary: Dhvani Shah 
Treasurer: Jinchan Yoo 
Outreach Coordinator: TBA
Health Campaign Coordinator: Kira Voyer
Faculty Advisor: Gina Prescott

Lambda Kappa Sigma

LKS.

Lambda Kappa Sigma is an international professional pharmacy fraternity whose mission is to promote the profession of pharmacy among women and advance women within the profession by developing its members as individuals and leaders through the support of fellow members, while encouraging a high standard of professional ethics and scholarship.

Officers:
President: Ngan Nguyen
Vice President: Myles Blas
Treasurer: Brigitte Tsang
Internal Secretary: Benjamin Lee
External Secretary: Colleen Shum
Membership Coordinator: Rachel Tsang
Service Chair: Jeanine Day
Fundraising Chair: Alan Cheung
Social Chair: Purnata Anwar
Historian: Lawrence Moy
IT Coordinator: Angela Chen
Professionalism Chair: Rachel Mesina
Faculty Advisor: Irene Reilly

National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA)

NCPA.

The National Community Pharmacists Association represents the interests of pharmacists who practice in independently owned pharmacies. The student chapter promotes the educational and practice interests of students interested in community pharmacy practice in the independent pharmacy setting.

Officers:
President: Michael Danilov
Vice President: Emanuel Jaffe
Treasurer: Dennis Fitzgibbon
Secretary: Katie Licata
Liaison: Madeline Garvin
Faculty Advisor: Karl Fiebelkorn

Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Committee (PPAG)

PPAG.

The mission of PPAG is to promote safe and effective medication use in children through collaboration, advocacy, research and education.



Officers:

President: Gisela Canales
President-Elect: Purnata Anwar
Vice-President: Autumn Punter
Secretary: Kristen D'Angelo
Treasurer: Victoria Getman
Faculty Advisor: Nicholas Fusco

Pharmaceutical Sciences Graduate Association (PGSA)

SPPS.

The Pharmaceutical Sciences Graduate Student Association (PGSA) provides a voice for pharmaceutical sciences graduate students. The Pharmaceutical Sciences GSA organizes student activities and provides information concerning departmental and university-wide happenings to make your experience at UB more enjoyable. One of the important activities we sponsor is the “Alumni Symposium” where a PharmSci alumnus is invited to provide current graduate students with insights into the pharmaceutical industry, FDA, or Academia. PGSA also sponsors annual events such as ice skating, pumpkin carving, and bowling.

Officers:
President: Brandon Bordeau
Vice President: Shengjia Wu
Treasurer: Mason McComb
Secretary: Kirk Hofman
Senator: Dominique Weeks
Senator Alternates: Daniel Duran, Milagros Riquelme

Phi Lambda Sigma Leadership Society (PLS)

PLS.

The purpose of the society is the encouragement, recognition and promotion of leadership in pharmacy. Members are selected by peer recognition. Eligibility for membership includes high moral and ethical character, a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher, and successful completion of first professional year.

Officers:
President: Kira Voyer
Vice President: Elizabeth Patt
Treasurer: Denis Vanini
Secretary: Alana Martin
Faculty Advisors: Robert Wahler and Calvin Meaney

SPPS.

The Pre-Pharmacy Club at UB welcomes all students who are interested in pursuing a career in the pharmacy profession.

Advisor: Sara Robinson, Associate Director of Admissions and Advisement

Rho Chi Honor Society

Rho Chi.

The Rho Chi Society is a national pharmacy honor society. On the basis of their academic standing (top 20% of their class), students may be invited to membership in their P-2 year in the School. A major purpose of Rho Chi is to promote high scholarship in pharmacy.

Officers:
President: Denis Vanini
Vice President: Ngan Nguyen
Treasurer: Izumi Hamada
Secretary: Chi Wai (Melissa) Fan
Historian: Andy Tsang
Faculty Advisor: Karl Fiebelkorn

For consulting schedule, see Student Portal (Important Documents).

Student Association of Specialty Pharmacy (SASP)

NASP.

The Student Association of Specialty Pharmacy is the student division of the National Association of Specialty Pharmacy, which was created to invest in the future of specialty pharmacy practice by promoting student engagement in specialty pharmacy through education, professional development, and networking with members and affiliated partners of the National Association of Specialty Pharmacy.  SASP strives to educate students about career paths within the field of specialty pharmacy, and increase student awareness of current issues and topics of interest in the specialty pharmacy field through guest speakers and student engagement projects.

Officers:
President: Nicholas Cashman
Vice President: Lydia Deinhart
Secretary: Harriet de Souza
Treasurer: Andrey Polukhin
P1 Liaison: TBA
P2 Liaison: Anant Shah 
P3 Liaison: Colleen Shum 
Faculty Advisor: Karl Fiebelkorn

Student College of Clinical Pharmacy (SCCP)

SCCP.

The purpose of SCCP is to increase student awareness in the area of clinical pharmacy by providing information about opportunities and careers within the field. The organization promotes the development of leadership and other skills necessary to perform duties required by a clinical pharmacist as a member of a multi-disciplinary team, encouraging excellence in patient care, research and education.

Officers:
President: Christopher Brighton
President-Elect: Ali Zahid
Secretary: Jack Chen
Treasurer: Randy Shearer
IT Chair: Jennifer Stanton
P3 Liaison: Matthew Butler
P3 Liaison: Jonathan Wang
P2 Liaison: Drake Meaney
P2 Liaison: Marissa Saber
Faculty Advisor: Robert Wahler

SIGNA: Student Digital Yearbook

SPPS.

The graduating class publishes SIGNA, the school’s yearbook. SIGNA is an exciting record of student experiences here at the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Officers:
President: Shu Qing Zhong (Sindy)
President-Elect: Lawrence Moy
Vice President: Anthony Gao
Treasurer: Ali Mohammad
Secretary: May Thandar
P3 Liaison: Benjamin K Lee
P3 Liaison: Brigitte L Tsang
P2 Liaison: Evelyn Y Wang
P2 Liaison: Jonathan Hoosein
Liaison Team Supervisor: Chi Wai Fan (Melissa)
Membership Coordinator: Angel M Liu
PR Coordinator: Rachel Tsang
Faculty Advisor: Karl Fiebelkorn

The Formulary is a publication written for and by pharmacy students. It is a stepwise approach to pharmacy school and student life at the University of Buffalo. It includes pharmacy-related news, editorials, and humor. The Formulary provides a way for organizations to showcase what they do and for pharmacy students to have a voice that could be instrumental to improving the program.

Editor in Chief: Jennifer Stanton
Managing Editor:  Edward Lee
Copy Editor: Myles Blas
News Editor: Quoc Pham
Editor: Rachael Mesina
IT Chair: Chung Hon Yu

Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPHA)

SNPhA.

The Student National Pharmaceutical Association is an educational and service association of students who are concerned about pharmacy issues, professional development, and the lack of minority representation in pharmacy and other health-related professions.

Officers:
President: Taylor Latvala
President-elect: Evelyn Wang
Vice President: Caroline Rusch
Secretary: Qing Xiang Mo
Treasurer: Myles Blas
Fundraising Chair: Jianfa Chen
Service Chair: Jonathan Hoosein
Staff Advisor: Cindy Konovitz

Pharmacists Association of Western New York (SPAWNY)

PAWNY.

SPAWNY is an organization of students of pharmacy dedicated to the advancement of the profession of pharmacy. Increased membership and leadership resources, proactive political action, comprehensive community outreach, enhancement of student skills and education and networking with community practitioners will provide a solid foundation that promotes the contemporary concepts of pharmaceutical care. SPAWNY will encourage the development of student abilities to enter the profession of pharmacy upon graduation. Members are represented at the annual Pharmacy Day in Albany to advocate progressive legislation and regulation that supports public health.

Officers:
President: Kira Voyer
Vice President: Caitlin Grimm
Treasurer: Christopher Schneider
Secretary: Olivia Denny
Community Outreach Chair: Anna Augostini
P3 Liaison: Michael Austin
Faculty Advisor: Karl Fiebelkorn

Pharmacists Society of the State of New York (SPSSNY)

PSSNY.

SPSSNY is the student chapter of PSSNY – Pharmacists Society of the State of New York. The aim of this society is to unite the pharmacists of the state for mutual assistance, encouragement, and improvement in order to maintain the standard of pharmacy practice at a high professional and ethical level.

Officers:
President: Michael Austin
Vice President: Anna Augostini
President Elect: Olivia Denny
Secretary: Kira Voyer
Treasurer: Christopher Schneider
Faculty Advisor: Karl Fiebelkorn

Student Society of Health-System Pharmacists (SSHP)

ASHP.

SSHP is the student chapter of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. The organization promotes active student membership in local, state and national health-system organizations, stimulates student interest in health-system pharmacy/academia careers, encourages students to pursue post-graduate residency training, and facilitates career development and professionalism among students.

Officers:
President: Jared Gilbert
President Elect: Aleksandra Lomakina
Secretary: Stefani Papzaharias
Treasurer: Emanuel Jaffe
Director of Communications: Sierra D'Ettore
Policy Chair: Olivia Denny
P3 Class Officers: Alana Martin, Dennis Vanini
P2 Class Officers: Sierra D'Ettore, Casey Patrick
Faculty Advisor: Nicole Cieri-Hutcherson