The Nita (Nivedita) Pandit Student Research Award recognizes CPHS students participating in research projects with priority for those that are completing laboratory or ‘hands-on’ research with CPHS faculty beyond their program’s curricular requirements. Students may use the funding to support research travel or expenses. The award is announced at the annual Health Professions Day each spring semester.
Pandit is an emerita professor of pharmaceutics in the CPHS, having retired in 2015. Throughout Pandit’s 23-year career at Drake, she supported student research by developing an undergraduate research program and mentoring student researchers. She received the 1998 Madelyn M. Levitt Mentor Award, which honors faculty who are committed to student success in and out of the classroom. Prior to joining Drake in 1992, Pandit was a principal scientist at Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, where she was involved with the development of new drugs for asthma, COPD, hypertension, and AIDS.