Pharmacy Students Accepted for Experiential Rotations at NIH

Tara Kuhn and Matthew Stankowicz, third-year students in Palm Beach Atlantic University’s Lloyd L. Gregory School of Pharmacy, have been accepted for advanced pharmacy practice experiential rotations at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.

Palm Beach Atlantic University pharmacy students Tara Kuhn and Matthew Stankowicz will complete their advanced pharmacy practice experience at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.

Palm Beach Atlantic University pharmacy students Tara Kuhn and Matthew Stankowicz will complete their advanced pharmacy practice experience at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.

A faculty panel selected Kuhn and Stankowicz to compete for these opportunities based on their outstanding academic work, research experience and clear communication of related career goals. They will complete their rotations in the next academic year, during their final year of pharmacy training.

Kuhn, a resident of Naples, Florida, completed her undergraduate studies at Florida Atlantic University. Her rotation will be in pharmacokinetics. She hopes to work in the pharmaceutical industry or in academia upon graduation.

Stankowicz, a resident of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Florida. His experience will be in surgical oncology and immunotherapy. After graduation, he hopes to complete a residency and work in new drug development.

Pharmacy student training opportunities at the NIH are rare and unpublicized, and students compete nationally, usually among top-ranked institutions, for select rotations.

Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice Dr. Sheri Arndt, who completed training at the NIH, initiated communication with contacts there to provide this opportunity for GSOP students.

The NIH is the nation’s leading biomedical research institution, the world’s largest funder of medical research and host to visiting scientists from around the world, many of whom are past or future Nobel Laureates. There are 27 institutes and centers on the NIH campus, including the National Library of Medicine and the Clinical Center, a medical facility exclusively devoted to translational and clinical research, and the site where Kuhn and Stankowicz will complete their rotations.