Founders’ Day 2018

Thursday, February 15, 2018
Ceremony 1:45 to 2:45 p.m.

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 Carpenter's 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
George M. Wohlreich, MD, MA
The College of Physicians of Philadelphia

Award of Merit—Faculty
Bela Peethambaran, PhD
Houghton Professor of Chemistry

Award of Merit—Students, Graduate and Undergraduate
Vaishnavi Shah PhD’18 (graduate)
Jaspal Brar BI'18 (undergraduate)

Award of Merit—Staff
Suzanne Carbonaro
Director of Assessment

Installment of Endowed Professorship
Cathy Poon, PharmD
Barbara H. Korberly Professor in Women's Leadership and Health 

About Awards of Merit

The University continues a tradition 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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