Nick Ong, Class of 2017, and Carol Rim, Class of 2016, worked together on a senior project titled "Prescription Stimulant Medication Attitudes and Beliefs of Undergraduate Students Involved in Social Sororities." Ong then went on to represent their work at the 19th Annual College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists Meeting in Colorado Springs.
On April 18, Ong was recognized as the 2016 Research Trainee Award winner. This national award is given to one research trainee annually. Ong and Rim's project beat out fellows and residents to win.
Their project exemplified how pharmacy students can positively impact the beliefs and attitudes of undergraduate students in the area of prescription and medication abuse.
Lisa Goldstone, assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science, acted as the principal investigator and faculty adviser for the project. She encouraged Ong and Rim to present their project at the CPNP conference and to apply for the Research Trainee Award category.
The multistep evaluation process for the award required Ong to submit an abstract as well as a letter stating his research and career goals, a letter of recommendation written by Goldstone, present a poseter and give a 10-minute platform presentation followed by five minutes of questioning.
"While at the CPNP national meeting, I received multiple positive comments regarding Nick's poster and presentation," says Goldstone. "I also was very impressed with not only his presentation, but his ability to handle questions from both the judges and audience in a confident manner."
Ong represented both his and Rim's work because the award calls for a single presenter and Rim was out of state on rotations.
Photo caption: Nick Ong and Lisa Goldstone pose in front of Ong's winning project.