Rho Chi (The National Honor Society of Pharmacy)

Advisor: Dr. Daniel Canney, Room 516

Rho Chi is the National Honor Society of Pharmacy that was established in 1922.  The name was selected because the Greek letters Rho and Chi suggested the prescription symbol Rx. The symbol of the Society, the Rho Chi Key, is an octagon with each side representing a different facet of the pharmacy curriculum: chemistry, biology, physiology, pharmacology, pharmaceutics and the biomedical, social/administrative, and clinical sciences. Our chapter, Beta Lambda (District II), was initiated at the School of Pharmacy in 1955.

The fundamental objective of the Society is the pro- motion of the advancement of the pharmaceutical sciences and of the profession of pharmacy. The honor Society thus has two aims: 1) to recognize and reward superior scholarly attainment, and 2) to encourage and stimulate superior scholarship.

The Mission of the Society, as outlined in the Constitution, is to encourage and recognize excel- lence in intellectual achievement and foster fellowship among its members. Further, the Society encourages high standards of conduct and character, and advocates critical inquiry in all aspects of pharmacy.

The Society’s vision is to achieve universal recognition of its members as lifelong intellectual leaders in pharmacy.  As a community of scholars, the Society will instill the desire to pursue intellectual excellence and critical inquiry to advance the profession.

Membership in Rho Chi is limited to the top 20% of each pharmacy class. Students are also required to have attained a 3.0 GPA during the pre-pharmacy curriculum, as well as during the first professional year of pharmacy school. Members are afforded various opportunities to assume leadership roles in educational and social functions within the school. Rho Chi representatives are chosen each year to attend the annual APhA meeting in order to stay current with the activities of the Society at the national level. Any questions concerning the Society should be directed to Dr. Canney (707-6924), the faculty advisor.