February 20, 2014

UAMS College of Pharmacy Sponsors High School Future Pharmacist Essay Contest

The College of Pharmacy is sponsoring a Future Pharmacist essay contest for 9-12 graders in the state of Arkansas.  The contest is a way of encouraging students to begin researching the pharmacy profession as a career interest.  Details about the contest and the entry form to participate are provided below:

Link to Essay Contest Entry Form


Students enrolled in grades 9–12 at an Arkansas high school, private school or home-schooled students at equivalent grade and age levels are eligible.

Research different areas of the pharmacy profession (list of examples provided below). Choose one that is of most interest to you and explain why you selected it.

Independent  Ownership
Pharmaceutical Industry
Long-term Care
Other specialties not listed

All essays must include an entry form that can be printed and submitted by mail or email with the essay.  Essays must be at least 500 words and no more than 1000 words.  Cover pages and bibliography are not included in the word count.  An entry form must be provided with the submission of the essay.

Essays will be judged on the following criteria: content, overall organization of the essay, spelling, grammar, punctuation and ability to stay on topic.  Judging will be completed by a panel of pharmacists and student pharmacists (selected alumni from around the state) and concluded by March 17, 2014.  Winners will be notified by March 19, 2014.

Winning Essays and Verification of Student Enrollment & Status
The UAMS College of Pharmacy (UAMSCOP) reserves the right to require prospective winners to provide verification of enrollment in an eligible school and their status as a 9 – 12 grade student during the time of selection prior to granting any award.  If a student is unable to do so, the student will be deemed ineligible and his/her award will be granted to the next highest scoring student.

Eight winners will be selected, one from each Arkansas Pharmacists Association (APA) district (see counties by district in the table below). Winners of each district will receive a cash prize of $250.00. All winners will be announced by March 19, 2014.


By County
District 1 District 2 District 3 District 4 District 5 District 6 District 7 District 8
Faulkner Randolph Benton Sevier Grant Johnson Crawford Fulton
Pulaski Clay Washington Howard Jefferson Pope Franklin Izard
Saline Lawrence Carroll Little River Arkansas Conway Sebastian Sharp
Lonoke Craighead Madison Miller Cleveland Perry Scott Stone
Prairie Greene Newton Lafayette Bradley Yell Logan Van Buren
Monroe Mississippi Searcy Hempstead Ashley Montgomery Polk Cleburne
Poinsett Marion Nevada Drew Garland White
Cross Baxter Columbia Lincoln Pike Independence
Crittenden Boone Ouachita Desha Hot Spring Jackson
St. Francis Union Chicot Clark Woodruff
Lee Calhoun
Phillips Dallas


Deadline for Submission

Essay submissions will be accepted beginning February 24, 2014 and must be postmarked by March 7, 2014 to be considered.

Submission Instructions
Only one essay per student may be submitted.  Essays may be submitted via email or by U.S. Mail.  Email submissions are submitted to cdcater@uams.edu.  The essay and entry form must be attached.  The subject line of the email should read Submission for UAMSCOP Essay Contest.  Email submissions should be received no later than 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 7, 2014.  Essays received after this time or date will be disqualified.

Essays submitted by U.S. Mail are to be addressed to:
Attn: Christel Cater
4301 W. Markham St. #522
Little Rock, AR 72205-7199

The UAMSCOP cannot be responsible for lost or delayed mail or emails not received as noted above.

Essays must be double-spaced and typed.

Participant’s name should appear only on your entry form and e-mail. Do not include name on page headers or footers. The title should be the heading for the document and it should list the district for the student submitting the essay.

By submitting an essay you are attesting that the work is entirely your original research and writing.  By submitting an essay, you also agree that your essay will become the property of UAMSCOP and will not be returned. UAMSCOP reserves the right to print and display the essays and photographs of the winners. Any questions or requests for information may be submitted to cdcater@uams.edu.