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Background

The development of a Rho Chi awards program at the national level had its beginnings in 1928. At that time, Zada M. Cooper suggested that part of a scholarship fund program be used to recognize local chapters that best exemplified the mission of the Rho Chi Society. By 1937, however, the vision of the Society had shifted from developing a scholarship fund to that of building a research fund that could stimulate exploratory initiatives in the pharmaceutical sciences.

The Cumulative Research Fund was thus established with the idea that the interest from that fund would support research efforts. That fund reached its goal in 1956, and at the Annual Meeting that followed, the Society formally adopted the Rho Chi Chapter Awards Program.

Nature of the Award

The development of a Rho Chi awards program at the national level had its beginnings in 1928. At that time, Zada M. Cooper suggested that part of a scholarship fund program be used to recognize local chapters that best exemplified the mission of the Rho Chi Society. By 1937, however, the vision of the Society had shifted from developing a scholarship fund to that of building a research fund that could stimulate exploratory initiatives in the pharmaceutical sciences.

The Cumulative Research Fund was thus established with the idea that the interest from that fund would support research efforts. That fund reached its goal in 1956, and at the Annual Meeting that followed, the Society formally adopted the Rho Chi Chapter Awards Program.

Purpose of the Awards

purposeawardsThe original purpose of the Chapter Awards Program was to encourage Rho Chi chapters to initiate and promote activities at the local level that would stimulate and encourage qualified baccalaureate students in pharmacy to pursue graduate education in the pharmaceutical sciences. As the awards program developed, the Society’s Executive Council realized that many chapters were located at colleges that had limited or no graduate programs. Therefore, in 1970, the Society’s Executive Council authorized the Chapter Awards Committee to expand the basis for participating in the program to include all chapter activities that could contribute to the mission of the Society and thus to excellence in the profession. In 1985, the Executive Council approved a program modification that established a yearly theme for the competition, set by the Executive Council.

Following adoption of a new Mission and Vision in 1998 , the Executive Council in 2000 determined that the continuous theme for the Chapter Awards Program will be: Implementing the Rho Chi Mission and Vision at the Chapter Level.

The Chapter Awards Program is divided into two award categories. The first is the Chapter Project Proposal category. Given the dynamic nature of the pharmacy profession, the swiftness of scientific and technical advances and changes in the health care system as a whole, this project could take many forms. However, the theme for the project proposal must be consistent with the Society’s mission and vision. The second category is the Chapter Achievement Award, which recognizes the full scope of chapter activities as documented in the Annual Chapter Report.

Award Program Categories

Chapter Project Proposals

Theme: A continuous theme for the Chapter Project Proposals has been adopted. The theme shall be related to or support the mission and vision of the Rho Chi Society.

Structure: Chapters are encouraged to submit proposals that either describe a detailed plan of action to develop programs and activities that support the mission and vision of the Society, or to describe programs and activities that are in the early stages of implementation.

Evaluation: Chapter Project Proposals will be judged on the basis of feasibility, completeness, innovation, and extent to which the planned activities support the mission and vision of the Society. Budgets and tools to evaluate the effectiveness of planned programs and activities should be provided, where appropriate. Chapters are encouraged to implement their proposals and submit an annual report for competition in the Chapter Achievement Awards category the following year. Work on the implementation phase of the Chapter Project Proposal should begin during the academic year in which the proposal was submitted to ensure that a sufficient body of work is completed in time for submission to the Chapter Achievement Award. The winners of the Chapter Project Proposal Awards submitted by June 1 will receive a plaque and a cash award of $500 in September. The winners of the Chapter Project Proposal Awards submitted by January 15 will receive a plaque and a cash award of $500 in March at the Annual Rho Chi Meeting held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting and Exposition of the American Pharmacists Association.

Chapter Achievement Award

The Chapter Achievement Award was presented for the first time at the 2001 Annual Meeting of the Society held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting and Exposition of the American Pharmacists Association. The Chapter Achievement Award recognizes the full scope of chapter activities as documented in the Annual Chapter Report. The recipient of the Chapter Achievement Award submitted by June 1 will receive a plaque and recognition at the Annual Rho Chi meeting.

Chapter reports are comprehensive in nature, describing the breadth of activities and accomplishments by the chapter over the preceding twelve months. The report need not be of any specific length, but should include the following elements in sufficient detail to permit the Chapter Awards Committee to clearly comprehend the chapter’s objectives, plans, and accomplishments. Introduction – a statement identifying the rationale of chapter activities as they relate to the overall mission of the Rho Chi Society; History of Ongoing Activities – a description of ongoing activities and how they have evolved, progressed, or matured during the preceding twelve months; New Activities – a description of new initiatives, programs, or activities implemented during this program year; Reflections – to what extent did the chapter’s activities add value to the member’s Rho Chi experience.

Most Improved Chapter Award

The Society has implemented a Most Improved Chapter Award. If your chapter has been relatively inactive in past years, but current students/advisors have made great strides to increase the activities/projects of your chapter, please complete the additional section at the bottom of the Annual Chapter Report. Please indicate the significant improvements your chapter has made which should be considered for this award. The recipient of the Most Improved Chapter will receive a plaque and recognition at the Annual Rho Chi meeting.

Lecture Awards

As one of its highest distinctions, the Society seeks to encourage and recognize outstanding achievement by distinguished scholars.

VIEW LECTURE AWARDS

Faculty Advisor Awards

The purpose of this award is to recognize the unique contributions and accomplishments of outstanding faculty advisors.

VIEW FACULTY ADVISOR AWARDS

Alumni Awards

The Society seeks universal recognition of its members as lifelong intellectual leaders in pharmacy.

VIEW ALUMNI AWARDS

Chapter Project Proposal Theme

In 1998, the Executive Council of Rho Chi adopted Mission and Vision statements to guide the Society into the next century. At the heart of these statements is a commitment to intellectual excellence, a dedication to the advancement of critical inquiry in all realms of the profession, and the desire to promote effective communication and fellowship among members. The Society wishes to be known as a community of intellectual leaders who, throughout their careers, strive to advance the profession of pharmacy. Rho Chi can only realize its Mission and Vision when each member embraces the ideals they proclaim, and lives them out on a day-to-day basis. Chapters that develop and implement programs that promote the goals described in the Mission and Vision statements do much to make the Society a visible and proactive force in health care, and instill a lifelong dedication to its goals in individual members. The Rho Chi Society invites proposed or implemented proposals that uphold the following important themes articulated in the Rho Chi Mission and Vision statements:

Mission

The Rho Chi Society, pharmacy’s academic honor society, encourages and recognizes excellence in intellectual achievement and fosters fellowship among its members. Further, the Society encourages high standards of conduct and character, and advocates critical inquiry in all aspects of pharmacy.

To advance practice and pharmaceutical sciences through the encouragement and recognition of sound scholarship.

Vision

The Rho Chi Society will achieve universal recognition of its members as lifelong intellectual leaders in pharmacy. As a community of scholars, the Society will instill the desire to pursue intellectual excellence and critical inquiry to advance the profession.

  • encouraging and/or recognizing intellectual excellence
  • fostering effective communication and fellowship among members
  • encouraging high standards of conduct and character
  • advocating critical inquiry in all aspects of the profession
  • achieving universal recognition of members as lifelong intellectual leaders, instilling the desire for intellectual excellence and/or critical inquiry in others

Award Submission Procedures

Deadlines

January 15 and June 1

  • Each submission must include a cover letter designating the chapter representative who is to receive all correspondence concerning the chapter’s entry (including a phone number and email address where the representative may be contacted). Names and signatures of the chapter president and chapter advisor should be included on the cover letter.
  • All text describing the Chapter’s entry shall be double-spaced and typed in a 12 cpi font. A larger font may be used for titles or emphasis.
  • Two (2) copies of the entry plus an electronic copy constitute a complete submission (i.e., one original, one copy and an electronic file – Note: photographs may be photocopied in the copies if that is more economical for the chapter). Annual Chapter Reports, which are automatically considered for the Chapter Achievement Award, may be submitted as a single copy in electronic format as directed by the Society’s National Office
  • Entries for the Chapter Project Proposals must be received by January 15 for awards granted at the Annual Meeting of the Society in March and by June 1 for awards granted in September. Annual Chapter Reports are due May 15.
  • The Rho Chi Chapter Awards Committee will select as many as two award recipients for each granting period, on the basis of the entries submitted. The chairman of the committee shall immediately notify all recipient chapters, as well as the Chapters’ faculty advisors and the National Officers.
  • All chapters that win awards are expected to have at least one representative at the annual meeting of the Society to receive the award. Chapter representatives will be expected to share their efforts with other chapter representatives through a poster presentation or display at the Rho Chi Annual Meeting
  • The Chapter Awards Committee reserves the right to withhold the granting of any or all awards if there are an insufficient number of entries deemed worthy of an award by a majority of the voting members of the Committee.

The Chapter Awards Program is chaired by the Society’s President-Elect. The National Officers Web Page lists contact information for the President-Elect.

Please send entries to:

The Rho Chi Society

C/O UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy
Campus Box 7569 – 3210 Kerr Hall
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7569