USJ Announces Mary Ellen Murphy, RSM, ’50, H’12 Pharmacy Scholarship 

USJ is offering a $10,000 Pharmacy Scholarship

In celebration of the 90th Anniversary of  the founding of University of Saint Joseph and the memory and legacy of the late Professor of Chemistry Mary Ellen Murphy, RSM, ’50, H’12, Ph.D., USJ is offering a $10,000 scholarship toward the first year at USJ for students who submit a deposit to the Pharmacy School.

About Sister Mary Ellen Murphy

Over the years, Sister Mary Ellen built a formidable career as a scientist and scholar in the fields of space research and chemistry. She was one of the first women to analyze the moon rocks brought back from Apollo 11 space flight in 1969. She later served as a NASA consultant for the Viking Lander on Mars and was a member of NASA’s Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous team.

Following her graduation from what was then Saint Joseph College, Sister Mary Ellen earned an M.S. in Chemistry from Wesleyan University and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Fordham University. She also conducted NASA-sponsored doctoral research at the University of California-San Diego and Glasgow University in Scotland.

Sister Mary Ellen served as a professor of Chemistry at USJ from 1965-83, spent many years as a Dean at Saint Joseph’s College of Maine, and then returned to USJ as a visiting professor. The University benefited from her counsel and expertise through her exemplary service on the Board of Trustees as an officer, committee chair, member of the Executive Committee, and Trustee Emerita.

About the University of Saint Joseph’s Pharmacy Program

The University of Saint Joseph’s Doctor of Pharmacy program enables students to earn a Pharm.D. degree in just three years. The program promotes the emergence of competent and compassionate pharmacists who can advance pharmacy practice models, engage in community service, and foster the advancement of research and scholarship.

Emphasizing real-world application, USJ’s Pharm.D. program prepares graduates to sit for the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination® (NAPLEX) exam and pursue careers in clinical research, medical sales, pharmacology, product/process development, and beyond.

For the 2022 graduation year, USJ’s pharmacy graduates are above the national average and have the best pass rate in Connecticut for first-time test takers of the NAPLEX exam.

Learn more about USJ’s Pharmacy Program and the scholarship.