Bowl of Hygeia Award
Patricia Pepa receives Bowl of Hygeia award
Friday, May 8, 2015: At the PharmD commencement on Friday, May 8, Class of 2015 graduate Patricia Pepa, PharmD, received the School of Pharmacy Bowl of Hygeia Award. The Bowl of Hygeia Award is the highest honor given to a graduating student in the School of Pharmacy. The award was presented by Robert Levin, PharmD, president of the UCSF Pharmacy Alumni Association which sponsors the award. To be nominated as a finalist for the award is a high honor, and the other Class of 2015 finalists were:
- Katherine Gruenberg, PharmD
- Timothy Mok, PharmD
- Benjamin Parcher, PharmD
- Amanda Sugay, PharmD
The following citation, read during the graduation ceremony, represents a compilation of comments from fellow students and School of Pharmacy faculty regarding Pepa:
Patricia Pepa defines what it means to be an academically accomplished, kind, and inspirational student pharmacist. Her contributions are characterized by her kind spirit, humility, approachability, generous nature, and compassion. She is a natural interacting with patients—she is clinically superb, calm under pressure and a true patient advocate. Patricia tackles challenges head on, leading without pretense and by example, always focused on recognizing the efforts of others and striving for excellence. Her authenticity, personality, and passion for pharmacy will take her far. The Class of 2015 would not have been the same without “Pepa.”
About the award
First presented in 1966, this honor is bestowed upon a student by fellow classmates and the faculty, and it recognizes the individual who best exemplifies the qualities most desirable in a pharmacist in action, thought, and attitude. Most important of these attributes are leadership, ability, enthusiasm, and dedication, not only as they relate to the profession of pharmacy, but also to humankind.
The UCSF Pharmacy Alumni Association presents a uniquely designed representation of the Bowl of Hygeia to the recipient at Commencement each year. The award is named for Hygeia, the Greek goddess of health, and is recognized as a symbol of the profession of pharmacy.
About the sponsor
The UCSF Pharmacy Alumni Association exists to support and champion the alumni, faculty, and students of the UCSF School of Pharmacy. Activities of the Association include hosting mentor nights and events at professional conferences, offering financial support to student organizations, and honoring Distinguished Alumni.
Image credits for Pepa and Levin and Pepa with fellow graduates: Cindy Chew
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