As the academic honor society of pharmacy, Rho Chi encourages and recognizes scholastic excellence and seeks to promote fellowship among members. The Alpha Rho Chapter of Rho Chi at the University of Kansas was founded in 1951. One goal of Rho Chi includes promoting pharmacy as a profession. In accordance with this goal, the chapter organizes visits to several universities in the state. At each site, a faculty member and student representatives provide information about career opportunities and the KU School of Pharmacy to prospective pharmacy students.

Our chapter also seeks to encourage community service. The members of Rho Chi participate in service projects for local charities and in fundraising for the Shadow Buddies Foundation, March of Dimes, and the Ronald McDonald House.

To promote academic achievement in the School of Pharmacy, the members of Rho Chi offer individual and group tutoring in all courses throughout the pharmacy curriculum. If you are interested in tutoring for the 2013-2014 academic year, please contact our Tutoring Coordinator, Nick Trombold (see contact information listed below).

Rho Chi officers and members welcome you and congratulate you on your acceptance into the KU School of Pharmacy!

Rho Chi Mission: The Rho Chi Society encourages and recognizes excellence in intellectual achievement and advocates critical inquiry in all aspects of pharmacy. The Society further encourages high standards of conduct and character and fosters fellowship among its members. The Society seeks universal recognition of its members as lifelong intellectual leaders in pharmacy, and as a community of scholars, to instill the desire to pursue intellectual excellence and critical inquiry to advance the profession.

Contact: Kristen Fischer (KU Rho Chi President)

Officers & Advisors


Title Name
President Kristen Fischer
Vice President Elizabeth Hazlett
Secretary Melissa Schmidt
Tresurer Zoe Bryant
Tutoring Coordinator Farrah Zonoozi
Historian Jake Gorrell
Community Outreach Taylor Smith
Wichita Liason Nguyet Nguyen


Molly Steed

Membership & Fees


To be eligible for membership, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Have academic standing which places them in the top 20% of their class after completion of 3 semesters.
  • Complete at least one-half of the didactic coursework required for the PharmD degree.

Prospective members are selected based upon scholarship, character, and conduct. Members are inducted during the spring semester of the 4P year. Upon induction the student becomes a lifetime member of Rho Chi and will receive a Rho Chi pendant and certificate of membership.

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2nd among all schools of pharmacy in National Institutes of Health funding
Brings more than $20 million in external funding into the state each year
7 of 19 cancer drugs formulated through the National Cancer Institute were developed at the KU School of Pharmacy
3,000 free flu shots given to needy Kansans during the past 5 years
4,000 living alumni, 63 percent of them living and working in Kansas
KU pharmacists practice in 95 of Kansas’ 105 counties
20th among public schools of pharmacy.
—U.S. News & World Report
$20.2 million NIH research grant earned by Distinguished Professor Jeff Aubé was 2nd largest in Kansas history
100 percent placement after graduation for KU Pharm.D. students
Established in 1885 as the 1st professional program at KU