This year the R. Ken Coit College of Pharmacy celebrates 75 years of excellence. Each month we will highlight moments in our history that contributed to our success!

In 1966 the College moved from the Chemistry Building Annex to the new Pharmacy-Microbiology building and the History of Pharmacy Museum is founded with Jesse and Mary Hurlbut chosen as its pharmacy historians.


UAHS received more than $133M in National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding in 2020–2021

The Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research is a nonprofit organization that ranks U.S. medical schools by NIH grant awards each year. The NIH is the largest public funder of biomedical research in the world. NIH-funded research has led to breakthroughs and new treatments helping people live longer, healthier lives, and building the research foundation that drives discovery.

From Oct. 1, 2020, to Sept. 30, 2021, the UArizona R. Ken Coit College of Pharmacy advanced its ranking to No. 6 with $13.8 million in NIH funding. Last year, the college checked in at No. 8 with $10 million in funding.

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"We were going to be aerospace engineers, but a chance meeting with a Walgreens pharmacist put a wrench in those plans."

Your career choice sometimes arises from unexpected places; for Danelle Hunter, PharmD, and Janelle Hunter, PharmD, being a pharmacist wasn’t a career option they even considered. When they were in high school, their goals were clear – they both wanted to go to college and earn their degrees in aerospace engineering. They both exceled at math and science and knew they wanted to use those skills and their aerospace engineering degrees when they joined the military. They had even started the enrollment process for the United States Air Force Academy. They went to a career fair their junior year in high school and were excited to meet with the representatives of a company in the aerospace industry, however that person didn’t show up for the career fair. Since they had to choose another presenter at the fair, they randomly chose Walgreens. “The pharmacist who gave the presentation really spoke to us,” Dr. Janelle Hunter said. Dr. Danelle Hunter agreed and added “That just put a wrench in things for our lifelong plans!” As they contemplated careers in pharmacy, they were both drawn to the fact that they would still use their math and science passion. Additionally, Dr. Janelle Hunter was drawn to the hands-on work. “The trench work really spoke to me. I liked that it was a fast-paced environment, and you were always moving.” Dr. Danelle Hunter was impressed with how the Walgreen’s representative loved her job. “That was my first introduction to pharmacy!”

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Despite not being matched in the same city, engaged pharmacy students happy with residency postings for Pharmacy Match Day 2022

Their match wasn’t made through a love potion or a matchmaker. For one Phoenix-based R. Ken Coit College of Pharmacy couple, it was a match made at … a bus stop. And on the day that 49 pharmacy students learned of their residency matches, Eric Taylor and Shienna Braga found out they will adding another chapter to their love story from different states.

Braga, who is doing her rotation in Flagstaff, was matched with Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and Taylor with St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix.

“Our graduates will explore a number of diverse career paths, but today we are excited to be celebrating those who have matched with post-graduate residency training programs,” said Dean Rick Schnellmann, PhD.  “We wish everyone the best of luck as we know that this highly competitive environment can be stressful.”

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As the end of the school year is approaching, the class of 2023 is looking towards their life post-grad. Here we have spotlighted some of the amazing students who have been placed in a pharmacy fellowship.

As the end of the school year is approaching, the class of 2023 is looking towards their life post-grad. One path that students at the R. Ken Coit College of Pharmacy follow is a fellowship after their last year in school. The application process is rigorous and it is a great accomplishment. Here we have spotlighted some of the amazing students who have been placed in a fellowship.

"It is a privilege to chair the RF prep committee now in its 10th year. The goal of the program is to pair students with mentors consisting of both faculty, clinical partners, and alumni to provide students guidance for completing the application process. We are thrilled that our students have been placed with excellent fellowships for the coming year," said Amy K. Kennedy, PharmD, BCACP, Associate Professor & Assistant Department Head, Pharmacy Practice & Science, Chair, Residency-Fellowship Preparation Program.

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Highlighting our amazing faculty here at the College of Pharmacy!

Professor, Pharmacology and Toxicology
Assistant Research Scientist, UA Cancer Center

Question 1: What initially drew you into pharmacology and toxicology?
Learning about DNA in undergraduate biology and chemistry courses while also reading the novels of Kurt Vonnegut somehow made things come together in my mind and made me believe that a deep understanding of DNA could reveal (almost) everything about what it is to be human.  Didn’t quite turn out that way, but no regrets.

Question 3: What is your favorite thing about the PharmSci major?
Engaged and enthusiastic students – this is what draws me to undergraduate education.

Question 4: What advice do you have for incoming PharmSci students?
Be yourself.

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Wildcat Mentor Society is looking for new mentors!

The University of Arizona’s Wildcat Mentor Society is looking for new pharmacy mentors to join our 2022-23 program. This is an extraordinary opportunity to give back and connect with recent alumni and current students. Each mentorship will last seven months and is a wonderful way for alumni to share their expertise and life experiences with the next generation of leaders. We would be honored if you joined us as we launch this year’s mentorship program in September 2022. Thank you for your continued dedication to the University of Arizona, your fellow alumni and current students.

Find out more and apply!

PharmCATs: there are so many ways to stay engaged with us!

Join the Bear Down Network!

No matter where you are or where you live, you always have a special connection to the UArizona. That’s the Bear Down Network was born – to make it easier than ever for our alumni to stay connected and engaged. Create your account today at and join our group (College of Pharmacy).

Pharmacology and Toxicology Department Highlights: March 2022

Pharmacy Practice and Science Department Highlights: March 2022

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