Bowl of Hygeia Award

Wong receives Bowl of Hygeia award

Wong with Bowl of Hygeia Award

Gabriel Wong, PharmD Class of 2017, received the Bowl of Hygeia Award, the School’s highest honor bestowed upon a graduating student.

At the PharmD commencement on Friday, May 19, 2017, Class of 2017 graduate Gabriel Wong, 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 Brian Komoto, PharmD, ’81, president of the 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 2017 finalists were:

  • Kari Ehm, PharmD
  • Joseph Styers, PharmD
  • Meghan Whalen, PharmD
  • Sierra Young, PharmD

five finalists

Bowl of Hygeia finalists, left to right: Joseph Styers, PharmD; Sierra Young, PharmD; Gabriel Wong, PharmD; Meghan Whalen, PharmD; and Kari Ehm, PharmD.

The following citation, read during the graduation ceremony, represents a compilation of comments from fellow students and School of Pharmacy faculty regarding Wong:

Gabriel Wong is a forward and independent thinker who demonstrates his passion for pharmacy at every turn. He is known for his selflessness; willingness to go above and beyond in support of others; and inclusive, tireless, and humble leadership. A tremendous advocate for his class, Gabe offered his support to his peers throughout the program and on all levels–academically, socially, and emotionally. Many members of the Class of 2017 are confident that their UCSF experience was enriched as a result of Gabe’s dedication to students. His kindness, work ethic, resourcefulness, professionalism, and drive are foundations for a dynamic and promising career. We will no doubt hear much more about Gabe Wong’s contributions to pharmacy in the years ahead.

More photos and coverage: UCSF School of Pharmacy celebrates commencement 2017.

About the award

The Bowl of Hygeia Award is the highest honor given to a graduating student in the School of Pharmacy at the University of California, San Francisco.

Bowl of Hygeia 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.

Bowl of Hygeia recipients

Year

Recipient

2017

Gabriel Wong

2016

Leann McDowell

2015

Patricia Pepa

2014

Ryan Beechinor

2013

Pan Pan Wong

2012

Shaily Arora

2011

Krystal Pong

2010

Megan McCurdy

2009

Grace Lin

2008

Troy Drysdale

2007

JoAl Mayor

2006

Eric J. Ip

2005

Fanny Li

2004

Jennifer Namba

2003

Julie Mei Lee

2002

Conan MacDougall

2001

Mary Katherine Ramos

2000

Timothy W. Cutler

1999

Mark A. Baje

1998

Virginia L. Chu

1997

David M. Barbour

1996

Jeanette M. Logan

1995

Jeanne L. Lucich

1994

Sandra L. Baldinger

1993

Kimberley A. Camp

1992

Rita A. Jue

1991

Kristin Oberg

1990

Donna Schroeder

1989

Valerie Tada

1988

Marilyn R. Hedges

1987

Pamela M. Salas

1986

Craig R. Ballard

1985

William J. Guss

1984

Scott M. Fields

1983

Stewart K. Akahoshi

1982

No award given

1981

Virginia E. White

1980

Manuel Saltiel

1979

Donald E. Schneider

1978

Dena L. Barker

1977

Roger G. Walker

1976

Kim Coutts

1975

Recognizing the unique qualities of each individual

1974

Unamarie Clibon

1973

Stephen L. Barriere

1972

Lawrence L. Fleckenstein

1971

Sheila West

1970

Eddie L. Boyd

1969

Daniel E. Furtado

1968

John B. Young

1967

Phillip D. Hansten

1966

Richard B. Froh