March 15, 2013

Student Profile – Kevin Barton ’13

 

Hometown: Greenwood, Ark.
Undergraduate major/university:  Chemical Engineering/ UCA

Background & Reason for Choosing Pharmacy
I completed my pre-pharmacy requirements at UCA and was accepted into the UAMS College of Pharmacy before completing my undergraduate degree.  My dad persuaded me to pursue pharmacy after being friends with a pharmacist.  I was always interested in science and math in high school, so I took my dad’s advice.

Choosing UAMS
I chose UAMS because it had built a name for itself not only in the state, but in the nation while staying very affordable compared to other colleges of pharmacy.  I love the College of Pharmacy program at UAMS because it has not only molded me into a knowledgeable pharmacy student, but it has created networks and connections for me that will last a lifetime.

Opportunities like competing in the NCPA Foundation Student Business Plan Competition have helped me have an amazing experience at UAMS.  Our team won the national competition and received an all-expenses paid trip to Aruba to present our plan at the NCPA Multiple Locations Conference.  We were also invited to Palm Springs, CA to present at the Independent Pharmacy Cooperative annual conference.  We would not have been able to participate in and win this competition without the help of the College of Pharmacy and its faculty members.

Plans after Graduation
After receiving my degree, I have accepted a community residency with Walmart.  My dream would be to oversee pharmacy projects and help evolve the profession through innovative technologies and processes.

Leadership Roles
2012 NCPA Pruitt-Schutte Student Business Plan National Winner, Excellence in Pharmacy Informatics Award, USA Drug Student Leadership Scholarship, State of Arkansas Endowed Scholarship, Member of National APhA-ASP Communications Standing Committee, President of Student Honors Council, Vice President of Phi Lambda Sigma Leadership Fraternity, Vice President of Communications of APhA-ASP, Region 6 Representative of National Student Pharmacist Editorial Advisory Committee, Vice Chair of Audio and Visual Effects of APhA-ASP, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd year Class Representative of Student Honor Council