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200th Founders’ Day

Tuesday, February 23, 2021
1:45–2:30 p.m.

A virtual ceremony honoring the bicentennial anniversary of the founding of University of the Sciences.


Join us as we celebrate the Bicentennial Founders’ Day during a virtual ceremony featuring keynote speaker Kenneth Frazier, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Merck & Co. 

Mr. Frazier will receive an honorary Doctor of Science Degree during the ceremony. Faculty, staff, and students will be honored with Awards of Merit and we will acknowledge the contributions of endowed faculty. Registration is required to attend this virtual event.

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About Founders' Day

Founders' Day at USciences recalls the University's establishment on Feb. 23, 1821. At that time, 68 prominent Philadelphia apothecaries met in Carpenters’ Hall to establish the basis for the improved scientific standards we enjoy today and to train more competent apprentices and students. They pledged “to invite a spirit of pharmaceutical investigation" and to guard the public from "the introduction of spurious, adulterated, deteriorated, or otherwise mischievous articles." A year later, they organized and incorporated the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy (PCP)—the first college of pharmacy in North America—now a part of University of the Sciences. The group ushered in a new era of the practice of pharmacy—the identification, selection, compounding, and analysis of drugs—and laid the foundation for a legacy of future advances and discoveries.



Honorary Doctor of Science

Kenneth Frazier, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Merck & Co., Inc. 
Read more about the honoree

Award of Merit—Faculty

Zhiyu Li, PhD, Director of the Undergraduate Pharmacology/Toxicology Program

Award of Merit—Students, Graduate and Undergraduate

Undergraduates: Kishan Patel PharmD'23 and Daphne van der Molen ES'23

Graduate: Amber Gunderwala PhD (Biochemistry)

Award of Merit—Staff

Barbara Siebert DNP, CRNP, FNP-BC, CNE, Director of Student Health


About Awards of Merit

The University continues a tradition that started in 2007 with the presentation of an Award of Merit to an undergraduate student, graduate student, staff member, and faculty member. The chosen individuals represent the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit of the University's founders and have engaged in research or some form of scholarly pursuit that results in new developments or innovations.


Michele D. Albert


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