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BSPS Convocation Slated for May 13 

The Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Science Class of 2022 will be recognized during a Convocation ceremony on Friday, May 13, at 2pm in Room 201 of Pharmacy South. Faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend.  A reception will immediately follow.

Dr. Chris McCurdy, a 1998 alumnus of the UGA College of Pharmacy, will be the keynote speaker. Earning a Ph.D. in Pharmacy at UGA, Dr. McCurdy is a  professor in the Departments of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmaceutics, the Frank A. Duckworth Eminent Scholar Chair, and the director of the CTSI Translational Drug Development Core at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Dr. McCurdy is a broadly trained pharmaceutical scientist and pharmacist whose research focuses on the design, synthesis, and development of drugs to treat pain, anxiety, mental health, and substance abuse. He is an internationally recognized expert on Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa), that is under investigation for opioid withdrawal syndrome. Most notably, Dr. McCurdy has developed a PET/MR imaging diagnostic agent for visualizing the origins of chronic neuropathic pain by interacting with sigma receptors at the site of nerve damage. Dr. McCurdy previously served as President of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists and also serves as a consultant to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee.

Twenty-eight BSPS students will be recognized during the Convocation.  Ransom Jones, class valedictorian, will deliver the student address.  For details on the event, contact Jamie Hailey.  

PBS Graduates Prepped for the Future

Six students from CoP’s Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences Department will be awarded graduate degrees during UGA’s Graduate Commencement Ceremony this Friday morning at Stegeman Coliseum. 
Leah Helton, Ameya Limaye, Menbere Wendimu, and Lingling Xu will receive their Doctorate in Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences, while Terry Nguyen and Tobin Paez will pick up their Master’s Degree in the same discipline.
“We are all very proud of these students, who have worked hard and creatively to earn their advanced degrees in pharmaceutical and biomedical sciences,” said Dr. Shelley Hooks, PBS Interim Department Head and Associate Vice President in the Office of the Vice President of Research. “Whether they choose a career in academia, private industry, or elsewhere – or pursue additional coursework and education – I am confident they each will make significant contributions to the future of innovative drug discovery and research.”
The soon-to-be graduates provided a brief summary of their PBS highlights and their plans for the future. Read the full story here.

Congratulations, PharmD Class of 2022!

Members of the Pharm.D. Class of 2022 were officially hooded as Doctors of Pharmacy in a Commencement Ceremony held this past Saturday at Stegeman Coliseum. We are PharmDawg Proud of this bright group of graduates!

Graduating class awards - including professional, academic, and special recognition awards - were announced at Saturday’s Commencement Ceremony. View the full list of award winners in the ceremony program.

View a full album of photos here.

BSPS Valedictorian is "Amazing Student"

“A pharmaceutical sciences student from Suwanee, Ransom Jones always knew he wanted to work in medicine and be a medical inventor. His brother was born with severe cerebral palsy, which has been instrumental in Jones’ commitment to eradicate diseases and improve the overall quality of life through new medicines.”

If this story lead feels as if you’re having a déjà vu experience, you’re right. This intro kicked off an Amazing Student feature, published by UGA in September 2021, which spotlighted Ransom Jones, a Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences candidate for graduation, who will be the valedictorian speaker at the program’s convocation ceremony this Friday at 2pm at the College of Pharmacy. The good news for the PharmDawg Nation is that Ransom will be around for another year; he’s staying at CoP to complete his Master’s in Pharmaceutical Sciences!

Ransom provided an update on his life since the story was published more than nine months ago, his plans ahead, and what it means to be selected Valedictorian of the BSPS Class of 2022. No question about it; Ransom continues to be “amazing!” 

Read the full story here.

Changes to COVID-19 Campus Response

As we approach the close of the Spring Semester, we would like to express our gratitude to our faculty, staff and students for your patience and flexibility over the past two years. 

As the COVID-19 pandemic transitions and public health conditions and treatments improve, UGA will begin treating COVID-19 as we do any other infectious disease cases. On May 16, 2022, we will discontinue the following COVID-19 measures on campus:

  • Weekly health and exposure updates on the COVID-19 website (a final update will publish on May 18, 2022);
  • Weekend call center staffing by Student Care and Outreach;
  • Accommodations for isolation and quarantine housing;
  • Pop-up and surveillance testing; and
  • Dawgcheck as a reporting tool for positive cases.

Additionally, in light of the recent federal court decision, the University System of Georgia no longer requires the use of masks on campus transportation, consistent with other major transportation providers.

Thank you once again for doing your part to help keep us Georgia Strong/Dawg Strong. Have a safe and healthy summer.

Research, Accolades, & Media

PBS Scholarship Recipients

The following students have been selected as a recipient of the David and Jane Chu Scholarship for Excellence in Pharmaceutical Sciences: Cade Gosser (top left), Emily Hannan (top right), and Sami Snider (bottom left).

Isabelle Weng (bottom right) has been selected as as the Danny and Elaine Shive Scholarship recipient.

Congratulations, PharmDawgs! 

Vivian H. Fisher Public Service and Outreach Leadership Academy Graduation

Congratulations to Dr. Ashley Townsend on her graduation from the 2019-2022 cohort of the Vivian H. Fisher Public Service and Outreach Leadership Academy! The PSO Leadership Academy gives faculty and staff with strong leadership potential an opportunity to cultivate leadership skills while developing a deeper understanding of the scope and reach of public service and outreach at UGA.


Call for Applications: Walmart Health Equity Scholarship for Pharmacy Students

The Walmart Health Equity Scholarship for Pharmacy Students will support the financial need of students enrolled in Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree programs who plan to serve in rural areas, medically underserved areas or populations (MUA/Ps), or Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) upon graduation. The goal of the scholarship program is to promote and support a diverse population of student pharmacists who will advance health equity.  The scholarship will be awarded to 10 outstanding Doctor of Pharmacy degree students who are accepted or enrolled in the professional curriculum at a U.S. college or school of pharmacy. Selected awardees must demonstrate leadership, academic success, and a commitment to serving rural or medically underserved patient populations or areas. Each awardee will receive a single $5,000 scholarship. Applications are due by June 1.

More information and application available here.

Faculty & Staff

Save the Dates! PharmDawg Staff Appreciation Days

Early Payroll Deadline

Due to Memorial Day holiday, the Biweekly Payroll for pay period 5/15 - 5/28 will have early cutoffs: The Time and Absence Approval deadline will be Friday, 5/27/2022 at 10am. All absences must be entered and approved by this time.

  • Pay From Schedule/Manual Time: Time should be estimated for Friday May 27, and Saturday, May 28. 
  • Kaba Clock/Web Clock: Employees can continue to clock in/out when they report to work.  

Note: Even though the timesheets will be unlocked, updates to absences after Friday, May 27 at 10:00am will not be picked up until the following payroll cycle.

Position Postings

Current job openings within the College of Pharmacy are listed below. Click the job title for more information.

Pharmacy-Pharm & Biomed Sci
Job Close Date: 05/16/2022

IIT Manager for Client Support Services
Pharmacy-Inst Design & Tech
Job Close Date: 05/12/2022

Data Management Specialist II
Pharmacy-Clin & Admin Pharmacy
Located in Augusta, GA

Research Technician
Pharmacy-Pharm & Biomed Sci
Cai Lab

Research Technician
Pharmacy-Pharm & Biomed Sci
The Strauch lab (

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Pharmacy-Pharm & Biomed Sci
The Strauch lab (

Post-Doctoral Associate
Pharmacy-Pharm & Biomed Sci
The Huet lab (


For a full list of student events, view the DSAC Calendar.
BSPS Convocation
2pm | Room 201, Pharmacy South
Reception immediately following in the second floor hallway of R.C. Wilson, overlooking Trial Gardens.
Staff Appreciation: Muffin Monday
9:30-10:30am | R.C. Wilson Lobby
Staff Appreciation: Afternoon Snack
2:30-3:30am | R.C. Wilson Lobby
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