High school students explore career options at pharmacy summer camp

July 1, 2010 | 49 Comments

High school students explore career options at pharmacy summer camp

Buies Creek - Tischan Wade is a student at St. Mary’s High School in Raleigh who loves science. She might go into zoology or she could be interested in a career in Pharmaceutical Sciences. Either way, the hands-on experience she’s getting at Campbell University’s SciPharm summer day camp this week, June 28-July 2, will expose her to a variety of career opportunities in pharmacy that can help her make a more informed decision about her future.

A total of 20 high school students from across the state are attending the SciPharm summer program. Sponsored by the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, the camp is funded by a grant from the Burroughs Wellcome Student Science Enrichment Fund for the High School Science Seminar (HISS) program.

During the action-packed week, students get to work with professors and staff from various departments in the College including Drug Information, Pharmaceutical Sciences and the Physician Assistant program. They tour the facilities at the Campbell University Pharmaceutical Sciences Institute (CUPSI), a research facility engaged in drug development, and take a field trip to Carolina Medical Products Inc. in Farmville, N.C.

“SciPharm Camp gives students the opportunity to explore the fields of pharmaceutical sciences and pharmacy through topical discussions and hands-on exercises that reinforce the importance of science education,” said Dr. Michael L. Adams, director of Science Education Outreach and assistant professor of Medicinal Chemistry at Campbell. “It really gives the kids a chance to see both the fun and the practical side of science.”

The theme for this year’s camp is “Searching for New Medicines” and all of the week’s activities are related to this central idea. The students will perform experiments dealing with medications and their interaction, drug identification and gauging an individual’s dosage level capacity. They will attend presentations and engage in discussions with pharmacy professionals such as Dr. Connie Barnes, director of the Drug Information Center at Campbell, Dr. William Stagner, director of CUPSI, Tom Coletti, director of the Physician Assistant program, and Dr. Andy Bowman, director of Continuing Education at Campbell’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

On Friday, July 2, the students will travel to Farmville, N.C. to visit Carolina Medical Products, a manufacturer of both prescription and over-the-counter drugs.

“It has really been fun to learn about the different job opportunities associated with pharmacy and to actually get first-hand experience in the lab,” said Wade. “The SciPharm camp has really been worth while.”

The Campbell University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences was established in 1986 as the first new pharmacy school to open in the United States in 35 years. The school’s primary mission is to train clinical pharmacists in a Christian environment to meet existing and future health care needs and to guide students to become well adjusted, exemplary citizens and community leaders. The school is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy and accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). Additional courses are taught at the College of Pharmacy’s Department of Clinical Research located on Campbell University’s RTP campus.

Photo Copy: High school students Tischan Wade and Jacob Bartlett weigh out grams of Polyglycol during a lab experiment at Campbell University’s SciPharm summer camp.


Hi I’m an upcoming senior in the fall and I am interested in the 2013 SciPharm summer program. I live in New Jersey, and there are no programs like these available in my area. Can I have the information about this camp?

By Vi Nguyen on February 9, 2013 - 12:03pm

I am a junior in high school and have an interest in pharmacy. I have to complete a senior project and this camp would be perfect as my product. If I could get more information about this camp that would be great.

By emily watson on February 5, 2013 - 9:20pm

How can I learn more information about the summer camp for my daughter?  She is interested in a pharmacy career and would love to attend.  Thanks!

By Amy Hammond on January 10, 2013 - 9:59pm

I’m a sophomore this year and I’m very interested in the pharmaceutical medical field. Can you please send me some information about applying to this program or just about this program in general? Thanks!

By Kathy on October 30, 2012 - 1:11am

I am a 9th grader and very interest in both pharmacy and Campbell University. Only issue I live in Virginia and we have NOTHING like this to attend. Would love to attend summer of 2013. Would you please send any information. Thank you.

By Maya L Andrews on October 26, 2012 - 7:42pm

My son is interested in attending this camp. Any information forwarded to us would be appreciated. Thank you for your help!

By Angela Fipps-White on May 21, 2012 - 11:50pm

i am very interested in pharmacy and i would love to get some information about this summer camp. thanks.

By Rosita VanConey on March 27, 2012 - 3:42pm

Please send me some information about your pharmacy camp.  My daughter Ibby is very interested in your program at Campbell and wants to go into a career in Pharmaceutical science.  Thank you
Mechele Arnette

By Mechele Arnette on March 2, 2012 - 12:00am

May you please send information for the 2012 program,Please
Thank You

By Autumn Herring on February 25, 2012 - 1:08pm

Hey…My daughter is interested in attending the pharmacy summer camp 2012.  Will you please send us some information.

Thanks Susan

By Susan Perry on February 24, 2012 - 2:05pm

Hi. My son is very interested in attending and participating in the summer 2012. Will you please email information to the email address provided?


By Angela Johnson on February 3, 2012 - 3:13pm

I am a freshman this year, and I would like to have some more information on the course. I am very interested in this kind of thing, and I think that I would like to become a pharmaceutical engineer, so please send some information.
Thanks for the great opportunity!!

By Lee on February 1, 2012 - 5:14pm

I would be intersted in this camp for 2012. If you would please send me more information when registration opens up.

Thank you for such a great opportunity!

By Natalee on January 26, 2012 - 1:30pm

Hi, I would be interested in information for this camp. (If it is still continuing this year).
Could you please send me more info on this camp?

By Megan O'Connor on January 23, 2012 - 7:38pm

This camp would help me decide if I would like to continue my interest in pharmacology.  Please send me more information about this camp, it would be greatly appreciated.

By Elijah Shayne Jacobs on December 25, 2011 - 12:04am

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