UAMS College of Pharmacy Hosts Essay Contest for High School Students

By Nate Hinkel

Students must be enrolled in grades 9-12 and will compete for a $250 prize in each of the eight regional divisions. Private- and home-schooled students at equivalent grade and age levels are also encouraged to enter. Submissions are being accepted now and must be postmarked by April 30 to be eligible.

Students are asked to research several areas of the pharmacy profession and choose the one that most interests them. The areas include academia, community, government, clinical, military, independent ownership, nuclear, pharmaceutical industry, long-term care or any pharmacy specialty. Essays must be between 500-1,000 words and include cover pages and a bibliography, which are not included in the word count.

Essays will be judged on content, organization, spelling, grammar and ability to stay on topic. The panel of judges will be selected from UAMS College of Pharmacy alumni statewide. Winners will be notified the first week of June. Eight winners, one from each of the Arkansas Pharmacists Association districts, will be honored individually at each student’s home district’s annual meeting in September.

For more information, including a complete set of contest rules and submission forms, visit or email Christel Cater, UAMS College of Pharmacy recruiting specialist, at

UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions and Public Health; a graduate school; a hospital; a statewide network of regional centers; and seven institutes: the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, the Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, the Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy, the Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, the Psychiatric Research Institute, the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging and the Translational Research Institute. Named best Little Rock metropolitan area hospital by U.S. News & World Report, it is the only adult Level 1 trauma center in the state. UAMS has more than 2,800 students and 790 medical residents. It is the state’s largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including about 1,000 physicians and other professionals who provide care to patients at UAMS, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the VA Medical Center and UAMS regional centers throughout the state. Visit