CORVALLIS - An Oregon State University student from Bend has earned membership in a national pharmacy honor society.

Purvi Patel, an OSU senior in pharmacy, was initiated into the campus chapter of Rho Chi this month. Patel is also a member of the OSU chapter of the Oregon Society of Hospital Pharmacists and he was a host of the chapter's continuing education course for pharmacists and technicians, "Jeopardy and the Law."

Rho Chi is the first honorary society established for pharmacy, with the first chapter started in 1908 at the University of Michigan. The second national chapter was founded at OSU in 1922 and there are now 80 chapters at pharmacy colleges throughout the U.S. Undergraduates in the top 20 percent of their class are eligible for membership.

The OSU College of Pharmacy was established in 1898, after a petition drive from the pharmacists of Oregon. Graduates of the college are eligible for licensing as pharmacists throughout the United States.

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Purvi Patel, 541-737-5784