Hospital Pharmacy Student Award

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Information for the 2023 - 2024 competition will be available in August

Award Recipients

Randilynne Urslak

Past winners


Randilynne Urslak
Oxford Mills, Ontario

Randilynne Urslak is a fourth year PharmD student at the University of Waterloo. She has worked at numerous pharmacies and completed unique co-operative education placements at the Canadian Pharmacist’s Association, The Ottawa Hospital, and a rural community pharmacy in Northern Alberta. Stepping outside of her comfort zone in Northern Alberta was the ultimate way to challenge her clinical knowledge, gain confidence in her ability to deliver exceptional patient care, and improve access to healthcare. She worked under a pharmacist with Advanced Prescribing Authorization which was an amazing learning opportunity to assess patients, develop care plans, initiate pharmacotherapy, and much more. 

Throughout her academic career, Randilynne has been heavily involved in extracurricular activities and volunteer service. She has held numerous leadership roles, including the president of Community Action Now (CAN) and the Senior Education Representative for the UW CSHP executive council. She is also involved in research (about peripartum mental illness in women and the role of the pharmacist) alongside two faculty members at the School of Pharmacy. She completed a scoping review and is now developing a survey (to assess the status of peripartum mental health curriculum) to be distributed to Canadian pharmacy schools. She presented her research at the Canadian Pharmacy Education and Research Conference in St. John’s, Newfoundland (June 2022) and at Professional Development Week 2023 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. 

Randilynne is graduating in August 2023, and will begin a pharmacy residency at The Ottawa Hospital. In the future, Randilynne hopes to become a hospital pharmacist and pursue other areas of pharmacy that she finds fulfilling – including advocacy, research, and teaching. In her words, “I can say with absolute certainty that I am prouder than ever to be joining the profession of pharmacy, and I look forward to continuing learning and advocating for this profession that is so close to my heart. COVID-19 has uncovered a lot of cracks in our health system. However, it has also solidified my conviction that pharmacists truly are a crucial part of that system, and we play a vital role in the health and well-being of Canadians."

 Purpose and criteria

This award is presented to an undergraduate pharmacy student who exhibits the traits of a future hospital pharmacy practitioner and has shown a commitment to hospital pharmacy practice:

  • The candidate exhibits eagerness, dedication, and a positive attitude toward academic learning and the profession and practice of hospital pharmacy
  • The candidate has received training in an organized healthcare setting
  • The candidate has participated in the education of healthcare practitioners, the public or patients
  • The candidate may have participated in voluntary CSHP and CAPSI activities
  • The candidate has been endorsed by a preceptor or supervisor who can attest to their worthiness for this award through their stated contributions to hospital pharmacy


This award is open to any student pharmacist who belongs to both CSHP and CAPSI and is enrolled in an undergraduate pharmacy program at a Canadian university at the time the application is submitted. Only one award will be granted in a given year; if there are no qualified candidates, the award will not be given.

About the award

The award is presented virtually at CAPSI's Professional Development Week (PDW). The recipient will receive a framed certificate, complimentary conference registration and travel and accommodations to attend the event.

Award details

Award submissions will be adjudicated by the CSHP National Awards Committee. Assessment will be based solely on the information provided. In the event of a peer-nomination, additional details may be requested by the Awards Committee.

  • Applications due by October 31 (23:59 Pacific Time)
  • Winner contacted in December
  • Winner announced in January via website, email, and social media

Submission details

Nominate yourself or someone else for an award using this nomination form  .

Please provide the following documents with your completed nomination form:

  • A letter of recommendation (not exceeding 500 words) from the candidate's preceptor or supervisor. This letter should indicate why the candidate is worthy of the award and how they fulfill the award criteria. The preceptor or supervisor may or may not be a CSHP member
  • The candidate's curriculum vitae (not exceeding two pages)

Completed nominations may be returned to CSHP by mail, fax, or email.

Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists
30 Concourse Gate, Unit 27, Ottawa ON K2E 7V7
Toll Free: 877-340-2756, ext. 222
Direct: 613-909-9964
Fax: 844-438-9397 

If you would like more information, please contact Robyn Rockwell, Membership and Awards Administrator, at or (877) 340-2756, ext. 222.