Capstone Experience

The Capstone Research Project is designed to allow fourth year professional students to apply and integrate knowledge learned throughout the curriculum to the development and implementation of a research-based project. In addition to developing and implementing the project, students will also create a research manuscript suitable for publication and create a poster suitable for formal poster presentation. Capstone Research Projects commence in the beginning of the fourth professional year, with assignments completed throughout the fourth year. Final culmination involves formal poster presentation at the annual CSU-COP Capstone Research Day that occurs in spring.

Capstone research projects utilize a scholarly approach and reflect the diversity of research performed in the profession of pharmacy. Research projects can include, but are not limited to, laboratory research, clinical research, educational research, business plan development, public health and drug utilization review. Capstone Research Mentors, along with the Director of Capstone & Milemarker Experiences, guide and mentor students along the Capstone Experience. Research mentors include faculty, preceptors, employers, pharmacists, and other interested parties. Additionally, research projects involving pharmacy and other health disciplines are encouraged and welcomed.

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:

Rosalyn P. Vellurattil, PharmD, CDE
Director, Capstone & Milemarker Experiences
Pharmacy Academic Affairs
773-821-2822
rvellura@csu.edu