WNE College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Announces Golden Bear Summer Camp

SPRINGFIELD — The Western New England University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (COPHS) announced the Golden Bear Summer Camp for high-school students interested in exploring careers in pharmacy, pharmaceutical sciences, neuroscience, or occupational therapy.

“We are delighted to offer this unique summer-camp experience for high-school students who are interested in pursuing careers in pharmacy and occupational therapy,” said Dr. John Pezzuto, dean of the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. “Our goal is to provide hands-on learning experiences that will give students a better understanding of these fields and the skills and knowledge needed to be successful. Many student participants have benefited from the camp in the past. It is wonderful that we can now re-institute the in-person, hands-on experience.”

A five-day day camp for high-school juniors and seniors will take place June 26-30 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., offering hands-on learning experiences, lab sessions, and demonstrations for participants.

A two-day camp for high-school freshmen and sophomores will be held concurrently on June 29 and 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Both camps are held on the WNE campus and are free of charge for all participants.

The camp is designed for students who demonstrate strong academic skills and have an interest in pharmacy, pharmaceutical sciences, neuroscience, and/or occupational therapy. It will cover a wide range of topics, including an introduction to pharmacy and occupational therapy, compounding lab, simulation man, mock pharmacy, ambulatory care, DNA extraction, sterile products, mock patient-care experiences, mental health, Q&A with current students, and undergraduate admissions.

During the camp, participants will have the opportunity to work with current students and faculty members, learn about different career paths, and receive tips on how to prepare for a career in these fields.

Students can apply online at wne.edu/pharmcamp. Enrollment is limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis.