2010 Scholars

Mary Sun

Mary Sun

HEB UH Tier One Scholarship Endowment

Classification: Prof 1
Graduation Year: 2014
College: College of Pharmacy
Major: Pre-Pharmacy (2010-2013), PharmD (2013-2017)
High School: Maize High School
Hometown: Wichita, KS

About Me

In my sophomore year of high school, my dad started a new job in Houston. I decided to finish my studies in Kansas, and I graduated from high school one year early. This scholarship gave me the opportunity to move to Houston. I am very grateful for this scholarship because it has given me the chance to pursue a career in pharmacy. I am motivated to do well in my studies in preparation for pharmacy school.

Campus and Community Involvement

In my free time, I volunteer and tutor chemistry at UH with ACS. I also volunteer at an independent pharmacy in Pearland. As a member of the UH Pre-Pharmacy Association and Fellowship of Tier One Scholars, I volunteer and participate in various activities in the clubs.

Awards and Honors

I graduated in the top 10% of my high school with a 4.00 GPA. I was a member of the National Honor Society and a member of my high school’s honors program. Also in high school, I received an I rating at the Kansas State High School Activities Association State and Regional Level Piano Festivals in 2010.

Study Abroad

I would be interested in a study abroad opportunity to enrich my college experience. I would like to learn more about pharmacy and the field of medicine in other parts of the world. I am also interested in exploring new countries, learning about different cultures, and trying exotic foods. I am very thankful that the scholarship includes a study abroad opportunity and I look forward to this experience in the future. 

Research

This summer I worked on a research project in Dr. Diana Chow’s pharmacokinetics lab at the College of Pharmacy. I really enjoyed my experience and it really opened up my eyes to the different fields of pharmacy. I investigated the stability, compatibility, and photosensitivity of Epinephrine and Calcium Chloride in an IV infusion. The study was carried out because the two drugs are currently being administered for 8-24 hours to patients suffering from heart failure. However, there is no reliable stability data on the safety of this practice beyond 3 hours of infusion. The goal was to determine the physical stability and concentration of the drugs throughout a 24 hours study.

I am very grateful that Tier One has given me the opportunity to do research. Research also helped me become more aware of possible drug interactions and stability and shelf life of drugs, especially in compounded medications.

Future Endeavors

I am currently working as a Pharmacy Technician in an independent pharmacy. It has been a wonderful opportunity for me to begin my career in the field of pharmacy. The pharmacy also specializes in compounding, which I would like to pursue a career in. I was recently accepted to the UH College of Pharmacy and will begin my professional studies this fall. I am looking forward to graduating with my PharmD and becoming a compounding pharmacist in the future and so I can help my patients with their medical needs.