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Mariava Phillips
October 16, 2023

The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, supported by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, will be providing scholarships for qualified current and former North Carolina Central University (NCCU) students to enroll in the school’s Master of Professional Science in Regulatory Science (M.P.S.) program.  

“The scholarship enables us to offer opportunities to NCCU students and alumni who otherwise may not have been able to attend the M.P.S. in Regulatory Science program,” said Patricia Termini, director of the M.P.S. in Regulatory Science program and associate professor in the Division of Pharmacotherapy and Experimental Therapeutics. “My hope is that these scholarships will help increase diversity in the regulatory profession.” 

This scholarship, and a commitment to growing underrepresented populations in the regulatory science workforce, was part of the proposal to the FDA to create the Triangle CERSI, the newest of only five CERSIs across the country. Triangle CERSI will work with FDA scientists to perform cutting edge scientific research to better inform and support the FDA’s needs. 

“Burroughs Wellcome Fund is thrilled to partner with Carolina and NCCU on this initiative as an extension of our work over the past decade to increase the regulatory science workforce. We aim to further address the urgent need to increase diversity within this workforce to advance the ultimate goal of achieving equity in clinical outcomes,” said Tammy R. L. Collins, Ph.D., program officer, Innovation in Regulatory Science Awards at Burroughs Wellcome Fund. 

After a current NCCU student or alumni applies to the M.P.S. program, they are automatically considered for scholarship funds.  

This is the first regulatory studies program in North Carolina and the only professional science degree recognized by the National Professional Science Master’s Association (NPSMA) in this field. The program has a distinctive balance of advanced regulatory science, critical business skills and internship experience.  

As the No. 1 school of pharmacy in the U.S., the School understands the critical need for highly trained regulatory science professionals who bring value to product safety, efficacy and quality to confront global health care challenges. 

“NCCU is excited to partner with the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy to help our students and alumni move into their M.P.S. program. The scholarship has the potential to be transformative,” said Rob Onyenwoke, Ph.D., associate director of Biomanufacturing Research Institute and Technology Enterprise (BRITE) at NCCU. “The BRITE Institute and Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences prepare our graduates to work within the biopharma industry. We see this as an ideal opportunity for a very worthwhile collaboration.”   

Graduates of the program will be prepared to become leaders in public health, global compliance standards and consumer safety—developing the critical skills necessary to drive innovation in pharmaceutical products from concept to market and beyond. 

Visit the M.P.S. website for more information or to apply to the program. 

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