The Rho Chi Society encourages and recognizes excellence in intellectual achievement and advocates critical inquiry in all aspects of pharmacy. Further, the Society encourages high standards of conduct and character and fosters fellowship among its members. The Society envisions that it will seek universal recognition of its members as lifelong intellectual leaders in pharmacy, and as a community of scholars, will instill the desire to pursue intellectual excellence and critical inquiry to advance the profession.
Established in 1922, Rho Chi is an academic honor society in pharmacy. As the fourth chapter established in the United States, the University of Iowa’s Delta Chapter began in 1923. The Rho Chi Society encourages and recognizes excellence in intellectual achievement.
The undergraduate who is elected to active membership is one who has displayed academic excellence, a capacity for achievement in the science and art of pharmacy and the allied sciences, and strength of character, personality, and leadership. Men and women ranking in the highest twenty percent of the class, having obtained a scholastic average equivalent to the second-highest letter grade are eligible for election after having completed six semesters or nine quarter of scholastic work applicable toward the degree granted by their school of pharmacy. Rho Chi elections, therefore, take place in both the fourth year and the fifth year of most pharmacy curricula. The Society also provides for graduate students, faculty, alumni, and honorary membership.
Each year, Rho Chi holds a spring initiation banquet to honor new members in the society. Initiates are encouraged to bring friends and family to the ceremony. Current Rho Chi members as well as faculty and staff also share in the celebration. Fundraising, such as bake sales and trade/generic handbook sales, are performed throughout the year in order to host the banquet.
Rho Chi has traditionally participated in many College of Pharmacy activities, such as National Pharmacy Week and tutor referral services. During the academic year, Rho Chi members participate in the University of Iowa Mobile Clinic. The mobile clinic was established in May 2002 and its mission is to provide health care to underserved populations in and around Iowa City and to utilize the interdisciplinary potential in the allied health sciences at the University of Iowa. This has been an exciting opportunity for students to exercise their drug therapy knowledge and educate both patients and other health care students.
President: Samantha Johnson
Vice President: Kelsey Coffman
Secretary: Courtney Dawson
Treasurer: Caleb Rux
Banquet Co-Coordinators: Alexis Thumann and Olivia Altemeier
Advisor: Ronald Herman