Capstone Experience

The Capstone Research Project is designed to allow fourth-year professional pharmacy students to apply and integrate knowledge learned throughout the curriculum to the development and implementation of a research-based project. Capstone Research projects commence in the beginning of the fourth professional year, with assignments completed throughout the fourth year. Capstone research projects utilize a scholarly approach and reflect the diversity of research performed in the profession of pharmacy. Research categories for Capstone projects include: pharmacy education, pharmacy practice, pharmaceutical sciences, and public health. Research projects can include, but are not limited to, laboratory research, clinical research, educational research, business plan development, public health, systematic review, and drug utilization review.
Capstone Research mentors along with the Director of Capstone guide students along the Capstone experience. Research mentors include faculty, preceptors, pharmacists, and other scholars. Students learn experimental design, data collection and analysis, prepare poster and manuscript suitable for publication. Formal student poster presentations are made at the annual CSU-COP Capstone Research Day. Quality of presented posters is assessed by a team of judges who select the best poster in each category of Capstone Research projects.

 

2015-2016 Best Capstone Poster Awards

 PHARMACY EDUCATION
 Launch of a biochemistry application via the internet as a study tool for students in the PHAR 6113-6114 sequence

  • Capstone Students: Manny Gomez, May Saetreurn, PharmD Candidates
  • Capstone Research Mentor: Melany Puglisi Weening, PhD
  • Chicago State University College of Pharmacy, Chicago, IL


PHARMACEUTICAL SCIENCES

  • HPLC Determination of Phenolic Acids as Antioxidant Markers of Borotutu Bark.
  • Capstone Students: Hao Wen Fu, PharmD Candidates
  • Capstone Research Mentor: Ehab Abourashed, PhD
  • Chicago State University College of Pharmacy (CSU-COP)


PHARMACY PRACTICE
Patients’ opinions on health screenings at a community pharmacy

  • Capstone Students: Joanna Kaczmarczyk, Halina Mydra, PharmD Candidates
  • Capstone Research Mentor: Anna Ratka, PhD, PharmD
  • Chicago State University College of Pharmacy, Chicago, IL


PUBLIC HEALTH
Inpatient cost of Ischemic Stroke in USA

  • Capstone Students: Mohamad Aboukhdor, Wassim Khanafe, Meszy Hbtemariam, PharmD Candidates
  • Capstone Research Mentor: Kumar Mukherjee, PhD
  • Chicago State University College of Pharmacy (CSU-COP)

 

2012-2013 Capstone Research Projects

2012-2013 Best Capstone Poster Awards

PHARMACY EDUCATION

Capstone Research Projects & Beyond: Perceptions of Fourth Year Professional Students on Pharmacy Job Attainment

  • Capstone Students: Nicole Serafin & Blaine Gooch, PharmD Candidates
  • Capstone Research Mentor: Rosalyn P. Vellurattil, PharmD, CDE
  • Chicago State University College of Pharmacy (CSU-COP)

PHARMACY PRACTICE

Comparison of Traditional Point of Care Testing in an Anticoagulation Clinic Versus Home Self-testing

  • Capstone Students: Riddhi Parikh & Chandni Patel, PharmD Candidates
  • Capstone Research Mentor: Sneha Srivastava, PharmD, BCACP
  • Franciscan St. James Hospital, Olympia Fields, IL

Pharmacist led Phone Calls after Hospital Discharge and Acute Decompensated Heart Failure Readmissions

  • Capstone Students: Stacey Dust, Diana Hegazin, & Kelsey Pieper, PharmD Candidates
  • Capstone Research Mentor: Michael Moranville, PharmD, BCPS
  • University of Chicago Medical Center, Chicago, IL

PHARMACEUTICAL SCIENCES

Preliminary Phytochemical Investigation of Cochlospermum angolense Bark

  • Capstone Students: Vaidehi Thakkar & Jadwiga Zawada, PharmD Candidates
  • Capstone Research Mentor: Ehab Abourashed, MS, PhD
  • Chicago State University College of Pharmacy (CSU-COP)

PUBLIC HEALTH

The Pharmacist as a Public Resource

  • Capstone Students: Ankit Patel & James Rodriquez, PharmD Candidates
  • Capstone Research Mentor: Joseph Slonek, PhD, RPh
  • Chicago State University College of Pharmacy (CSU-COP)

2012-2013 Capstone Judges

PHARMACY EDUCATION

  • Don Brower, B.S. Pharm
  • Melany Puglisi-Weening, Ph.D.

PHARMACY PRACTICE

  • John Esterly, PharmD, BCPS
  • Deborah Harper-Brown, PharmD
  • Diana Isaacs, PharmD, BCPS

PHARMACEUTICAL SCIENCES

  • Kristy Mardis, Ph.D.
  • Anna Ratka, Ph.D., Pharm.D., RPh, CPE

PUBLIC HEALTH

  • Mohammad Newaz, M.D., Ph.D., FAHA
  • Joseph Slonek, Ph.D., RPh

2011-2012 Capstone Research Projects


2011-2012 Best Capstone Poster Awards

PHARMACY EDUCATION

Development of a Preceptor Education Online Video Podcast

  • Capstone Students: Charles Anderson & Cody Chan, PharmD Candidates
  • Capstone Research Mentor: Charisse Johnson, MS, PharmD
  • Chicago State University College of Pharmacy (CSU-COP), Chicago, IL

PHARMACY PRACTICE

Evaluation of Urine Cultures with Enterococcus: Correlation with Clinical Infection and Assessment of Treatment Options

  • Capstone Students: Carlos Gomez & Rebecca Adorable, PharmD Candidates
  • Capstone Research Mentor: John Esterly, PharmD, BCPS
  • Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL


Evaluation of Hypoglycemia and its Management in Hospitalized Patients

  • Capstone Student: Heather Roberts, PharmD Candidate
  • Capstone Research Mentor: Nishil Patel, PharmD, BCPS
  • University of Chicago Medical Center, Chicago, IL

PHARMACEUTICAL SCIENCES

Neurotoxic Effect of Acrylamide on Kappa Opioid Receptor 1 Expression

  • Capstone Students: Wing Ho & Tina Jun, PharmD Candidates
  • Capstone Research Mentor: Abir El-Alfy, PhD
  • Chicago State University College of Pharmacy (CSU-COP)

2011-2012 Capstone Judges

PHARMACY EDUCATION

  • Joseph Slonek, PhD, RPh
  • Allison Rose, PsyD
  • Tatjana Petrova, PhD
  • Katrina Sutton, PharmD
  • Ehab Abourashed, PhD

PHARMACY PRACTICE

  • Janene Marshall, PharmD
  • John Esterly, PharmD, BCPS
  • Sabah Hussein, PharmD
  • Diana Isaacs, PharmD, BCPS
  • Sneha Srivastava, PharmD, BCACP
  • Dolores Nobles-Knight, PharmD, MPH
  • Abir El-Alfy, PhD
  • Charisse Johnson, MS, PharmD

PHARMACEUTICAL SCIENCES

  • Duc Do, PhD

For additional information or inquiries, contact:

Anna Ratka, Ph.D., Pharm.D., RPh, CPE
Director, Capstone 
Pharmacy Academic Affairs
773-821-2782
aratka@csu.edu