Ojiugo Charity Omeoga ’15

  • Hometown: Umuahia, Nigeria
  • Majors: BSPS and Biology
  • Graduation Year: 2015

Why did you choose URI?
URI has a reputation for engaging students and providing them with hands-on educational experiences. However, I chose URI primarily for its welcoming atmosphere. When I visited URI during a Transfer Campus Tour, I felt at peace—it was and is really indescribable. The campus was neither too big that I felt I would always be lost in the crowd, nor too small that I felt contained. URI tuition was also cheaper in comparison to the other two pharmacy schools that I was considering. So I thought “hmmm, same quality of education for less money, why not?”
Why did you choose the BSPS program?
The pharmaceutical sciences program offers a curriculum that combines all of my interests in one package. I believe the program will provide me with the education and skills I need to become a critical thinker and capable scientist in the ever-changing, fast-paced biomedical and pharmaceutical world.
What has been the best part of your studies in the College of Pharmacy?
The College of Pharmacy faculty are always willing and ready to help with any academic difficulty or anything else. They have helped me expand my horizon beyond classroom work. Plus, the new state-of-the-art building with its core laboratories and array of modern equipment is always a place you will want to be.
What has been the best part of your entire URI experience?
The best part of my URI experience is getting the education I need and having fun at the same time. It’s as simple as that, no elaboration necessary.
What do you consider the biggest strengths of your major or program?
The biggest strengths of the pharmaceutical sciences program are the real life experiences it offers through  hands-on advanced coursework taught by the faculty, who are some of the world’s most experienced and leading experts in the biomedical and pharmaceutical field. In some of the courses that I have taken, we’ve had world renowned scientists from big pharmaceutical industries like Pfizer and Amgen as guest lecturers. We’ve also had an FDA official as a guest teacher for our cGMP class.
What kind of internships, experiential learning opportunities, or real-life experiences have you had? 
This summer (in 2014), I interned at the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta as part of Emory’s Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) program. I conducted an independent (supervised) scientific research in a pharmacology laboratory where I examined the effect of several different HDAC inhibitors on an acquired Taxol-resistant breast cancer cell line MCF-7/TX.
What has surprised you most about URI?
What has surprised me the most would be my realization of how far URI is willing to go to assure the safety and security of its students and community members.