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Rho Chi

Alpha Upsilon Chapter of Idaho State University

The Rho Chi Society is an organization which recognizes academic excellence. In order to be considered for this academic honor society, students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 in all course work and be in the top 20% of their professional pharmacy class. Candidates are asked to join in the second semester of the P2 year and initiation is held that spring. For more information on eligibility requirements, please contact the National Rho Chi Society website at

Rho Chi Activities

Members of Rho Chi sponsor the back to school picnic in the fall and the “brown bag” booth at the ISU Health Fair in the spring.

The Mission

The Rho Chi Society, Pharmacy's academic honor society, encourages and recognizes excellence in intellectual achievement and fosters fellowship among its members. Further, the Society encourages high standards of conduct and character, and advocates critical inquiry in all aspects of pharmacy.

The Rho Chi Society will achieve universal recognition of its members as lifelong intellectual leaders in pharmacy. As a community of scholars, the Society will instill the desire to pursue intellectual excellence and critical inquiry to advance the profession.

The Objective

The fundamental objective of Rho Chi has always been to promote the advancement of the pharmaceutical sciences through the encouragement and recognition of sound scholarship. High standards of intellectual and scholarly attainments have been demanded for election to membership; and such election, symbolized by the award of the Rho Chi key, supplies a unique scholarship incentive.

Rho Chi seeks to promote scholarly fellowship in pharmacy by bringing professional students, graduate students, and faculty members together in fraternal and helpful association. Regular chapter meetings, and other activities, emphasize the professional aspects of pharmacy and point the way to instructive study and research. By such means, Rho Chi, like its sister honor societies, seeks to increase the awareness of the ethical and social responsibilities of the profession, and thereby, to enhance the prestige of the profession.

The Society has also sought to encourage research in pharmacy and has established a first-year graduate scholarship in conjunction with the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education (AFPE) Board of Grants. This scholarship is awarded, on a competitive basis, to a student in the final year of professional studies or to a member who has completed professional studies. It is limited to members of the Rho Chi Society who enter graduate programs in accredited schools/colleges of pharmacy leading to the Ph.D. degree. A post-doctoral clinical fellowship award is anticipated. It too will be awarded in conjunction with AFPE but to a Rho Chi member entering the second year of fellowship training. Cash awards are presented to chapters who are selected in the Chapter Awards Program based upon competitive theme entries suggested each year by the Society's Executive Council and/or sustained activities of the chapter.Some explanatory text goes here.