PharmCamp at the University of Arizona
Since 1997, Math Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) has partnered with the College of Pharmacy to provide middle school youth with a week long camp designed to inspire youth to pursue careers in Pharmacy or other Health Sciences. This one-week camp provides fun, hands-on activities and field trips that help youth experience how fun and meaningful pharmacy and health science careers can be. To get a sense of what PharmCamp offers each year at the University of Arizona, check out these video links:
SCHEDULE FOR THIS SUMMER
If you have a current 6th or 7th grader that is interested in the 2017 Pharm Camp, please send us an email and we will be sure to keep you updated as program dates for next year are scheduled.
WHEN: June 26-30, 2017. This is a full-day camp. On Friday, it concludes with an awards ceremony and celebration and the day will end early. If you are accepted, see your program acceptance email/letter for details and make sure to complete, sign, and have your parent/guardian sign the consent form (.pdf) and bring that on to the first day of camp.
WHERE: UA College of Pharmacy. Drachman Hall. 1295 N. Martin Ave (near Speedway and Campbell). Transportation to and from PharmCamp is the responsibility of each camper's parent or guardian.
HOW MUCH? It's free to Math Engineering Science Achivement students from southern Arizona. This includes free lunch, field trips, a PharmCamp t-shirt, hands-on labs, tours and UA student mentoring.
WHY? Because it's fun. Make your own lip-balm, sunscreen or hand-sanitizer while learning what it's like to be a pharmacist - and learn about other health professions as well.
Ready to Apply? If you were in MESA this year or were provided a link to this page and are going into 6th, 7th or 8th grade next year, you are eligible to apply. We accept 25 students each year and spaces are limited so please apply ASAP. Complete our online application here. Applications are now closed.
Paper Application Option
While we prefer online applications, you may also complete a paper application (.pdf), if need be - which in turn can be submitted to MESA by your Advisor.
PharmCamp introduces youth to various health professions and helps them learn more about the roles pharmacists play in clinics, community pharmacies, hospitals and other locations. To get a sense of what the week looks like, click on this sample schedule (.pdf) from past PharmCamps. Click on the PharmCamp Fact Sheet (.pdf) to learn more details. If you are a MESA Advisor, download our 2016 flyer (.pdf) to post in your classroom.
Why do we provide PharmCamp for Middle School students?
Because we know that early outreach makes a difference. Take, for example, Rayna Carpio's story. In 1997, 13-year old Rayna Carpio was in our first cohort of PharmCamp students. Before PharmCamp, Carpio did not know what she wanted to be when she grew up. But after that first summer's experience, when it came time to sign up for a second summer camp and PharmCamp wasn't on the list, she wrote it in. "Before the first PharmCamp, I didn't even know what a pharmacist was," says Carpio. "After the second camp, I knew I wanted to be one."
Carpio pursued her dream by volunteering at pharmacies while she attended Desert View High School and Pima Community College in Tucson. After graduation, she wanted to get out of her home town and see new things -- so she applied to and was accepted by the pharmacy program at the University of Southern Nevada.
For her final year in the program, during which students do experiential rotations in a variety of settings, she asked that all of her rotation sites be in Tucson. USN granted her request. At a meeting Carpio attended during her rotation at El Rio Clinic, Carpio ran into the COP associate dean in an elevator. "I recognized Dr. Tong immediately," says Carpio. "He looks exactly the same. He didn't remember me, but I told him I still have the poster I made in ninth grade after PharmCamp describing my decision to become a pharmacist." "I remember Dr. [Theodore] Tong," says Carpio. "He spoke to us about the history of pharmacy, and he gave us hands-on experience with making lotion and lollipops."
If you like hands-on learning - and if you might want to pursue a health science career - we hope you'll apply.
- Kids Get A Preview at UA PharmCamp - Arizona Daily Star 06/09/11
- Former PharmCampers Return to Give Kids Dose of Inspiration - UA News 06/13/08
- Tong Honored for Diversity Efforts - UA News 06/06/11
- PharmCamp in focus: Students eye healthcare fields - Yuma Sun 06/21/15