In recognition of their ongoing research on multidrug resistant cancer, pharmacy student Katherine Cich and her mentor Dr. Nandita G. Das, associate professor of pharmaceutics, have received a $1,000 cash award from the 2011 American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) /Walmart Scholars Program.

The award will help cover their costs to attend the AACP annual meeting in San Antonio in July. 

Cich is the first AACP/Walmart Scholar from Butler University.

“As her mentor, I am understandably very proud of her achievements,” Das said.

A resident of Downers Grove, Ill., Cich will start her sixth and final year in the PharmD Research Track program this fall. She expects to graduate in May 2012.

Cich began the research project in Das’s lab as part of a 2009 Butler Summer Institute scholarship. She continued the work during the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 academic years, receiving additional support through a Fairbanks Scholarship.

Recently, Cich received the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Pharmacy Student Research Excellence Award.

“Besides learning how to carry out experiments, I gained critical thinking skills and learned how to approach problems,” Cich said. “These are things I can carry forward in my career, even if I choose not to do research.”

The AACP/Walmart Scholar Program provide scholarships to about 65 student-faculty pairs nationwide annually. The program aims to strengthen recipients’ skills and commitment to potential careers in academic pharmacy.

At the AACP conference, Cich will meet association leaders and pharmacy school deans from around the country. She will also attend the 2011 Teacher’s Seminar on Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

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