Monday, August 29, 2016

Graduate enrollment and assistantships grow at FAMU pharmacy college

The Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University’s College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (COPPS), currently the top producer of African-American pharmacists in the nation, announced that a record-breaking 60 new graduate students have entered its programs this fall.

In an effort to ensure our students continue to receive the resources they need to advance, the School of Graduate Studies and Research has increased COPPS graduate funding for tuition by $20,000. Increased funding at COPPS represents 44 percent of the overall Graduate Studies budget to support graduate students.

High achieving students who have been participating in graduate programs can rest assured that access and affordability to a quality education is a top priority at FAMU. New funding options for graduates are provided through a variety of partnerships with the FAMU Foundation, Title III Fellowships, Graduate Studies, and external funding through fellowships such as the McKnight Fellowship.

COPPS has announced that tuition grants from Graduate Studies will be awarded to all current COPPS doctoral students who qualify through spring 2017. In addition to continuing all current graduate assistantships through the academic year, they have also created a new opportunity to reward hard-working grad students through a program called COPPS Distinguished Fellowships. The fellowships will be awarded through a competitive process, and all awards will be made by August 31.

COPPS Dean Michael Thompson, Pharm.D., said that help from Graduate Studies with funding is extremely important because it helps defray living costs so that students can devote their time to academics and research.

“Our graduate students are indispensable as they assist many of our research faculty with conducting research in our laboratories,” Thompson said. “As of last year, FAMU COPPS ranked 12th out of 132 pharmacy programs with respect to National Institute of Health funding and much of this is accomplished through the work and dedication of our graduate students.”

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