Annual Events

The Student Ambassadors assist with the following events:

  • DPH-1 Orientation (Fall)

First year students are welcomed to the School of Pharmacy through several days of orientation. Students who did not complete their undergraduate coursework at UW-Madison have a welcome event on Sunday and are joined by the rest of their cohort on Monday for the first full day of orientation. Student Ambassadors and Student Connection Leaders assist with activities throughout orientation to welcome the new class of students and ensure they have a smooth transition.  

  • Rolling Admissions Interviews (Fall and Spring)

Current PharmD applicants visit the School of Pharmacy for their half-day interview experience. The day consists of a welcome from the Dean and Associate Dean, interview, student panel, faculty panel, tour, admissions Q&A, an extemporaneous essay, and a group leader Q&A. Interview day is a terrific way for applicants to learn about the School. Each year, Ambassadors play a large role in these admissions interviews, ensuring each part of the day runs smoothly for the applicants and the admissions team.

  • Pre-SoP Roundtables (Fall)

The Pre-Pharmacy Club, run by current undergraduate students, is welcomed to Rennebohm Hall to learn about the School of Pharmacy from current PharmD and Pharm/Tox students. PharmD and Pharm/Tox students cover a variety of topics ranging from admissions to coursework and what students do for fun.

  • Mock Interviews (Fall and Spring)

The Student Ambassadors, under the direction of the Mock Interview Coordinator, organize three mock interview events each year to help prospective students prepare for professional school interviews. Students participate in a 30-minute interview with 1-2 current PharmD or Pharm/Tox students and have an opportunity to ask questions about interviewing best practices.

  • Open House (Fall and Spring)

Each year, the Open House Planning Committee coordinates two Open House events that invite current undergraduate students (or beyond) to visit the School of Pharmacy. This completely student-run event helps prospective students experience a day in the life of a PharmD student, including a guest lecture by a faculty member, hands-on experience in the compounding lab, and a pharmacotherapy lab demonstration.

  • Alumni Tailgate (Fall)

School of Pharmacy alumni are welcomed back to campus with a tailgate prior to a football game each fall. Events include lunch, a raffle to raise money for student scholarships, and an opportunity to catch up with former classmates, faculty, and staff.

  • Scholarship Ceremony (Fall)

School of Pharmacy scholarship winners are honored at a yearly ceremony and many are given an opportunity to meet the donors that made their scholarship possible.

  • Experience Wisconsin (Fall)

High school students who are interested in attending UW-Madison for their undergraduate coursework are welcomed to campus to learn more about the many majors offered at UW-Madison, including Pharm/Tox and the Doctor of Pharmacy program. Our advisors meet with groups of students and parents to share more about our program and Student Ambassadors provide a student perspective.

  • Majors Fair (Fall)

UW-Madison undergraduate students exploring all of their opportunities for majors are offered the chance to speak with current PharmD students and staff about what the School of Pharmacy offers.

  • Family Empowerment Day (Fall)

Hosted by the Office of Multicultural Affairs at the School of Medicine and Public Health, Family Empowerment Day provides an opportunity for high school students and their parents/legal guardians to learn more about the health care academic programs at UW-Madison. PharmD students sit on panels to help prospective students learn more about what being a pharmacist is all about.

  • High School Preview Day (Spring)

Preview Day is an opportunity for high school students and their guests to visit the School of Pharmacy and learn more about what it means to be a pharmacist. Information about the PharmD and Pharm/Tox programs is presented and students can choose from several breakout sessions, including student and pharmacist panels, compounding and pharmacotherapy lab demonstrations, a tour of the American Institute of the History of Pharmacy, and information about School of Pharmacy international opportunities.

  • Clerkship Training (Spring)

Each year, Madison-area preceptors for the School of Pharmacy, who host current PharmD students on their experiential learning rotations, are welcomed to Rennebohm Hall to undergo training for the new year of clerkships.

  • Pinning Ceremony (Spring)

The pinning ceremony is an opportunity to congratulate the DPH-3 class on completing their three years of didactic coursework and send them off to their fourth-year rotations.

  • Hooding Ceremony (Spring)

The hooding ceremony is a School of Pharmacy celebration to bestow graduating PharmD students with their academic hoods, which they will wear to commencement later that day.