PharmD students inducted into Phi Lambda Sigma leadership society

Phi Lambda Sigma Zoom Induction.

By Kara Sweet

Published May 3, 2021

Twenty PharmD students from the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences were inducted in Phi Lambda Sigma, a national pharmacy leadership society that supports pharmacy leadership commitment by recognizing leaders and fostering leadership development.

The newly inducted members are: Jeanine Day, Lydia Deinhart, Harriet de Souza, Kathryn Gentz, Corian Hess, Caroline Irwin, Allison Kotas, Annie Kurdziel, Lauren Lacoursiere, Aleksandra Lomakina, Marisa Masi, Samantha Mei, Thomas Nguyen, Edward Pudim, Zakiya Rhodie, Sara Salah, Autumn Spyhalsky, May Thandar, Rachel Tsang and Evelyn Wang.

“These students truly embody the highest leadership qualities and represent future leaders in the field,” says Calvin Meaney, PharmD ’11, clinical associate professor and PLS faculty advisor. “I genuinely look forward to seeing the positive impact they will have on our profession in the years to come.”

In addition to welcoming new members, Kira Voyer, PharmD ’21, was recognized as PLS Chapter Member of the Year, and Clinical Assistant Professor Maya Chilbert, PharmD ’17, BCCP, was honored with the Chapter Alumni of the Year Award.

Phi Lambda Sigma 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 their first professional year.

For over 130 years, the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences has continually been a leader in the education of pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists, renowned for innovation in clinical practice and research. The school is accredited by the American Council of Pharmaceutical Education and is the No. 1 ranked school of pharmacy in New York State and No. 14 in the United States by U.S. News & World Report.

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