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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.

2017-2018 Chapter Project Proposal Award Recipients

Alpha Omicron Chapter, University of Pittsburgh – “Three-Peat: Pearls from P1-P3 Year”

Gamma Sigma Chapter, Western University of Health Sciences – “Traveling Prepared – Implementation of Travel Medications and Vaccinations”

Alpha Xi, University of Kentucky – “Closing the Gaps” – Distributing naloxone and improving education on opioid overdose, focusing on underserved minorities and improving education efficacy.

Gamma Sigma Chapter, Western University of Health Sciences – “The Art of Prescribing Hormonal Contraception”

2016-2017 Chapter Project Proposal Award Recipients

Alpha Xi Chapter, University of Kentucky – “You Can Be a Super Hero: Distributing Naloxone Kits and Providing Education on Opioid Overdose in Our Community”

Gamma Gamma Chapter, Albany College of Health Sciences – “Pharmacy Grand Rounds”

Alpha Eta Chapter, Rutgers,  The State University of New Jersey – “Video Adaptation of AJHPs ‘Curbside Conversation About Noblesse Oblige and Moral Commitment’ Regarding Rho Chi Membership”

Gamma Sigma Chapter, Western University of Health Sciences – “Health Fair Follow-Up Clinic”

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 May 15 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.

Video links to video presentations of the finalists are provided below.  Please select the chapter you would like to view.

The Chapter Achievement Award recipient for 2016-2017 chapter activities was:  Alpha Theta Chapter, University of Colorado.

2016-2017 Regional Finalists for Chapter Achievement Award

Region I
Beta Delta Chapter, St. John’s University
Region II
Alpha Omicron Chapter, University of Pittsburgh
Region III-East
Lambda Chapter, Virginia Commonwealth University
Region III-West
Delta Rho Chapter, Union University
Region III-South
Gamma Eta Chapter, University of Puerto Rico
Region IV-East
Alpha Chi Chapter, Wayne State University
Region IV-West
Gamma Kappa Chapter, Midwestern University – Downers Grove
Region V
Alpha Sigma Chapter, Drake University
Region VI
Gamma Chapter, University of Oklahoma
Region VII
Beta Rho Chapter, University of Montana
Region VIII
Alpha Theta Chapter, University of Colorado

The Chapter Achievement Award recipient for 2015-2016 chapter activities was:  Alpha Omicron Chapter, University of Pittsburgh.

2015-2016 Regional Finalists for Chapter Achievement Award

Region I (tie)
Beta Delta, St. John’s University
Beta Tau, Northeastern University
Region II (tie)
Alpha Eta, Rutgers University
Alpha Omicron, University of Pittsburgh
Region III-M
Delta Rho, Union University
Region IV-East
Alpha Chi, Wayne State University
Region IV-West
Gamma Kappa, Midwestern University-Chicago
Region V
Alpha Alpha, Creighton University 
Region VI (tie)
Nu, University of Texas
Gamma Omega, Texas A&M Health Science Center
Region VII
Epsilon, Washington State University
 Region VIII (tie)
Theta, University of Southern California
Gamma Sigma, Western University of Health Sciences

 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.  The award is determined by review of the annual chapter reports and activities for the prior year and submission of the chapter’s improvements.

The Chapter Most Improved Chapter Award  for 2016-2017 chapter activities was:  Alpha Psi Chapter, University of Arizona.

2016-2017 Finalists Most Improved Chapter Award
Omega Chapter, University at Buffalo
Zeta Chapter, Auburn University
Alpha Psi Chapter, University of Arizona
Delta Gamma Chapter, University of British Columbia
Gamma Tau Chapter, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (Erie Campus)

The Chapter Most Improved Chapter Award  for 2015-2016 chapter activities was:  Alpha Rho Chapter, University of Kansas.

2015-2016 Finalists Most Improved Chapter Award

Alpha Rho, University of Kansas
Beta Tau, Northeastern University
Delta Gamma, University of British Columbia
Delta Iota, University of Hawai’i at Hilo
Gamma Theta, Nova Southeastern University

 

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 University of Southern California
School of Pharmacy
1985 Zonal Avenue, PSC 700D
Los Angeles, CA 90089-9121