The purpose of Phi Lambda Sigma, also known as the National Pharmacy Leadership Society, is to promote the development of leadership qualities, especially among pharmacy students. By peer recognition, the Society encourages participation in all pharmacy activities. Since membership crosses fraternal and organizational lines, the Society does not compete with other pharmacy organizations. Phi Lambda Sigma is complementary to Rho Chi in that it honors leadership, while Rho Chi honors scholastic achievement. Members are selected by peer recognition. No greater honor can be bestowed upon an individual than to be recognized as a leader by one's peers. Such recognition instills and enhances self-confidence, encourages the less active student to a more active role and promotes greater effort toward the advancement of pharmacy.
Phi Lambda Sigma was organized in March, 1965 on the campus of Auburn University, with the approval of the faculty of the School of Pharmacy. Following a two-year probationary period, the Auburn University Student Senate granted a charter to the Society on October 3, 1967. The Phi Lambda Sigma National Fraternity was legally incorporated in Lee County, Alabama on June 28, 1968. That same year, the name "Phi Lambda Sigma" was registered with the U.S. Bureau of Patents and Copyrights in Washington, D.C., and an official key was designed by the Balfour Company. The National Office was moved from Auburn University to Atlanta, Georgia in 1992. In 1996, Phi Lambda Sigma contracted with the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy for administration of the Society, and the National Office was relocated from Atlanta to the campus of the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy in Memphis, Tennessee. In 1999 the Society relocated to the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy where it makes its current home.
Like many national associations, Phi Lambda Sigma operates through a system of local Chapters. Phi Lambda Sigma Chapters are designated by Greek letter. As of the summer of 2000, a Phi Lambda Sigma Chapter had been chartered at 62 of the 81 school and colleges of pharmacy in the United States and Puerto Rico.
Membership in Phi Lambda Sigma consists of four categories: student, faculty, alumni and honorary. For a student to be eligible for membership, he or she shall:
Any exception must comply with the Constitution and Bylaws of Phi Lambda Sigma. Nomination for all membership categories emanates from the present members of the Society. Prospective members are nominated on the basis of their demonstration of dedication, service and leadership in the advancement of pharmacy. By promoting such recognition, Phi Lambda Sigma provides an incentive for the development of future leadership potential for the profession.
The Run for Hope is a 5k run/3k walk that raises proceeds to support SafeNetRx, a program that puts free and low-cost medications in the hands of people who would otherwise go without.
Each year, Phi Lambda Sigma organizes a student/faculty/healthcare-professional softball game to promote networking and fun outside of the classroom.
Please reach out to the current executive team to find out other events that are coming this year!
National Phi Lambda Sigma Organization
American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
American College of Clinical Pharmacy
American Pharmaceutical Association
American Society of Consultant Pharmacists
American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
Association of Natural Medicine Pharmacists
Iowa Pharmacy Association
National Association of Chain Drug Stores
National Rho Chi Organization
The University of Iowa
President: Matt Stahl
President Elect: Lauren Reist
Vice-President: Annie Devries
Secretary: Jaelyn Olson
Treasurer: Dylan Lloyd
Zada Cooper Rep: Kelsey Ihns
Advisor: Laura Knockel