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Two Selected as Inaugural Unither Scholars

February 16, 2017

Michael DeAngelis and Shweta Shah, both third year students in the Wegmans School of Pharmacy, were recently selected as the inaugural recipients of the Unither Scholarship. Created in 2016 thanks to a grant from Unither Pharmaceuticals, the scholarship provides $2,500 to help offset the cost of tuition.

2017 Unither Scholars Michael DeAngelis and Shweta Shah

“We are very excited to recognize our first cohort of Unither Scholars,” said Dr. Lipika Chablani, assistant professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences. “Both students were chosen based on their exemplary essays, which explored how pharmacists can collaborate with pharmaceutical companies to improve patient health care.”

In addition to the funds, the pharmaceutical manufacturer offers scholarship recipients the opportunity to engage in a six-week research rotation at their Jefferson Road plant. DeAngelis, who studied pre-pharmacy at the University at Buffalo before enrolling at Fisher, will participate in the rotation this spring. While there, he will work under the guidance of Dr. Rao Tatapudy to learn more about the company’s research and development team.

“The elective rotation will be a good introductory experience into the pharmaceutical industry,” he said, noting it will help him further explore the role of a pharmacist in the research sector versus those in a clinical or community setting. “I am excited to gain an appreciation for the input a pharmacist can have in the company.”

Shah, who also studied pre-pharmacy at the University at Buffalo, applied for the scholarship to learn more about industrial pharmacy. While at Fisher, Shah has participated in a medical mission trip to El Salvador, and will travel to India in December 2017 to complete her advanced pharmacy rotation. She also serves as a member of the Student National Pharmaceutical Association and American Pharmacists Association. Upon graduation, she hopes to further her pharmacy training through a residency or fellowship program.

As recipients of the scholarship, DeAngelis and Shah will also have the opportunity to network with professionals in the industry; both have been invited to attend the American Association of Pharmaceutical Sciences conference in San Diego next fall.