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Curtin pharmacy student awarded Richard Langham Scholarship

Posted: 14 March 2014

A Curtin University first-year pharmacy student has been awarded the prestigious 2014 Richard Langham Scholarship.

Tessa Drew, 18, from Silver Sands, who graduated from Frederick Irwin Anglican School in Mandurah last year, was awarded the scholarship based on her high academic achievement at high school.

The $5,000 scholarship, named in memory of Richard Langham (1936 – 2011), recognises the outstanding contribution he made to the pharmacy profession in Western Australia and internationally.

Ms Drew said she chose to study pharmacy because she wanted to make a difference to people’s lives.

“I’m also interested in the chemistry side of drugs and medicine,” Ms Drew said.

“I can’t wait to start the degree at Curtin and learn all about pharmacy. When I graduate I hope to specialise in community pharmacy, as I really want to get to know my patients and help them over a period of time.

“I feel honoured and privileged to receive the scholarship. I will use the money to buy pharmacy books needed for the course.”

Professor Jeff Hughes, Head of the School of Pharmacy, said that Richard had a lifetime passion for pharmacy, dedicating four decades of his life to research, teaching and mentoring pharmacy students.

“Richard’s expertise in behavioural and forensic pharmacology led to his role as an expert witness in close to 200 court cases involving the behavioural effects of alcohol, cannabis and other chemicals,” Professor Hughes said.

The scholarship was presented to Ms Drew at a Curtin awards ceremony on Tuesday 25 March 2014.