Students experience pharmacy through Pills, Potions and Poisons


June 27, 2019

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This summer, 19 Columbus City School District high school students put on their brand new white coats and dove into the world of pharmacy for a week. 

The students participated in the college’s Pills, Potions and Poisons program through The Upward Bound Program’s annual six-week Summer Institute. Upward Bound is a federal TRiO program designed to motivate and support students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

According to the Ohio State Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s website, “Federally funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Upward Bound offers students the opportunity to excel not only in high school, but in college and beyond. Students can apply and be accepted into the program at the end of their eighth grade year thru their eleventh grade year in high school.”

This year, Laura Commodore, Upward Bound’s program manager, received a U.S. Department of Education grant to support STEM field exposure for the Upward Bound summer cohort of students which gave the students an opportunity to experience a week of programming from The Colleges of Pharmacy, Nursing and Engineering. 

Pharmacy groupKatie Summers, PhD, lecturer in the college, and Molly Downing, PhD, senior lecturer in the college, co-direct the Pills, Potions and Poisons program. In addition, current students assisted teaching the course. The students included: Chelsea Mann, a graduate student; Matt Schultz, a Class of 2022 PharmD student; and Katie Burhop, a Class of 2020 BSPS student.

“We were excited to introduce the Upward Bound cohort to the profession of pharmacy through Pills, Potions and Poisons,” said Katie Summers. “The Upward Bound program is a great opportunity for students from underrepresented backgrounds to experience some of Ohio State’s offerings as they begin to look toward college.”