The Department of Pharmacology is committed to providing high-quality service through the efforts of our faculty, alumni, staff, and student cohort. We provide scientific expertise, mentorship, volunteer work, and outreach to the University of Minnesota, our local communities, and around the world. Below are some recent examples of our commitment to service. Pictured above from L-R: undergraduate students showcase their work with MATTER!, Dr. Jill Siegfried participates in the 2017 March for Science, and PhD graduate Dr. Mariya Shapovalova volunteers with children at Camp Angel.
Pharmacology Graduate Student Organization
The Pharmacology Graduate Student Organization (PGSO) was founded in part to mobilize the resources and talents of our student cohort to engage with the local community. The PGSO has worked extensively with the Angel Foundation, a Minnesota-based organization that provides emergency financial assistance, education, and support for adults with cancer and their families.
In addition to raising money for othercharities and causes, the PGSO also promotes scientific outreach. In winter 2018, students organized a Pharmacology Volunteer event at the Minnesota Science Museum's Women in Science and Engineering Day. PGSO officers performed hands-on chemistry demonstrations for children of all ages and their parents.
Dr. Jill Siegfried, Professor and Head of Pharmacology, was awarded the Medical School's Center for Women in Medicine and Science Leadership Award for her work in advancing gender equity and inclusion in medicine and scientific fields.
In 2018, members of the Pharmacology faculty volunteered as interviewees in the Careers in Pharmacology event at Wayzata High School in Wayzata, Minnesota.
Our faculty regularly serve on University and non-University committees, boards, and other groups dedicated to the advancement of scientific and therapeutic responses to some of the world's most challenging issues.
In fall of 2018 and the spring of 2019, Pharmacology Club members volunteered with Second Harvest Heartland – a Minneapolis-St. Paul food bank – and packed 6,987 pounds of food for people in need in our community!
In the spring of 2018, Pharmacology Club members volunteered with MATTER!, packing 295 boxes of medical supplies for the people in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Along with other members of our community we set a new packing record – packing enough supplies to impact 33,925 lives!