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UM Pharmacy School Honors Top Students with Rho Chi Initiation Friday

Photo courtesy UM Communications
Photo courtesy UM Communications

The University of Mississippi boasts one of the top pharmacy schools in the country, and the cream of the crop will be recognized for their hard work this week.

Academic honor society Rho Chi will be holding their initiation banquet at 7 p.m. Friday, April 24, in the Jackson Avenue Center. Only the top 20 percent of the class have been invited to join. The selection process is based off of academic performance during professional or graduate years. Members received invitations during class early in the second semester of pharmacy school.

“I have worked hard in pharmacy school and am honored to be selected as a member. I am appreciative of all the great professors at the Pharmacy School,” said Lillie Floyd, Pharmacy student who will be inducted into Rho Chi on Friday.

Rho Chi may also select members of faculites of schools and colleges in pharmacy or as alumni who distinguish themselves in the Profession or as honorary members by special action of the Society’s executive council. The society reflects Western cultural belief in education and the pursuit of intellectual excellence.

“On Friday, Rho Chi will be recognizing thirty-three outstanding individuals: 26 pharmacy students (PY2s- those in their second professional year) and 7 graduate students,” said Dr. John Bentley, Rho Chi co-faculty advisor.

Also, in order to be eligible as a Pharmacy student one must have attained a minimum professional grade point average of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. To be eligible as a graduate student, it is required to have a minimum of 3.5 GPA in graduate course work.

“The banquet is actually held jointly with Phi Lambda Sigma, a pharmacy’s professional leadership society, allowing us to recognize in a single event the scholastic and leadership accomplishments and graduate programs in the School of Pharmacy,” said Bentley.

Margaretta Carter is a staff reporter and can be reached at