Feb. 12, 2004

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Contact: Liz Topp, School of Pharmacy, (785) 864-3644.

KU School of Pharmacy plans minority recruitment conference Feb. 19-20

LAWRENCE -- To help encourage the entry of minority students into advanced careers in the pharmaceutical sciences, the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy will hold a minority recruitment conference Feb. 19 and 20.

Faculty members from selected minority institutions will be invited to KU to tour the School of Pharmacy's facilities -- including Malott Hall and the Simons Biosciences Research Laboratories -- as well as to learn about the degree programs and faculty research interests in the school's four departments.

"The conference's primary purpose is to increase awareness of our degree programs among faculty at minority institutions and, ultimately, among their students," said Liz Topp, professor of pharmaceutical chemistry and director of graduate studies. "The conference also gives visiting faculty an opportunity to explore possible joint research interests with our faculty."

Eight faculty members from minority institutions and three members of the School of Pharmacy's Graduate Minority Council will attend. The council is made up of alumni of the pharmacy school's graduate programs.

Over the two-day conference, department faculty will conduct various presentations describing School of Pharmacy programs and current research projects. Support for the conference has been provided by Jack Fincham, dean of the School of Pharmacy, by the school's four departments and by the Graduate School.

The minority institutions represented are Alcorn State University in Mississippi; University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff; Howard University in Washington, D.C.; Xavier University in Cincinnati; the University of Puerto Rico; and Tuskegee University in Alabama.

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