HOPE Center Congratulates Award Winning Students

The University of Arizona College of Pharmacy congratulates three graduate students from the Health and Pharmaceutical Outcomes Graduate Track for their excellence in research and outstanding academic success. Nathan Cherrington, PhD and Georg Wondrak, PhD presented the awards at a virtual ceremony attended by faculty, students, award namesakes, and their representatives including Betty Milleson Fink and Metta Lou Henderson, PhD.

Srujitha Marupuru, advised by Terri Warholak, PhD, RPh, and Mavis Obeng-Kusi, advised by Ivo Abraham, PhD, RN, were awarded the William & Betty Milleson Fink Graduate Student Fellowship. This award was established in 2010, by Bill and Betty Milleson Fink, long-time friends of the college. Bill held one of the oldest pharmacy licenses awarded by the State of Arizona, and was a registered pharmacist for over 60 years, and his wife Betty worked at the University of Arizona for 34 years. Students are qualified for the fellowship if they are a full-time Health and Pharmaceutical Outcomes graduate student with a GPA of at least 3.5.

Briana Choi, under advisement of Dr. Abraham, was awarded the Joseph B. Ryan Memorial Award. This award was established in memory of Joseph B. Ryan, who was a prominent Phoenix pharmacist, and is awarded to University of Arizona College of Pharmacy alumni who are interested in pursuing an MS or PhD degree.  Students were selected by the Research Affairs Committee, comprised of 7 pharmacy faculty members, including David Rhys Axon, PhD, MPharm, MS and chaired by Dr. Cherrington.

Mavis Obeng-Kusi and Srujitha Marupuru were also awarded the Graduate Track Awards in Health and Pharmaceutical Outcomes. These awards are given to students who have showcased academic excellence and outstanding research during the last academic year. Candidates were selected based on GPA merit or research nominations from faculty members.

At the HOPE Center, we value the many ways HPO graduate students participate in our activities. We are so pleased that these stellar students have been acknowledged for their hard work and dedication. Thanks to our generous donors for giving Briana, Mavis, and Srujitha these opportunities. Congratulations to our award-winning graduate students!