Hospital Pharmacy Student Award

This award is given to a Student Pharmacist Supporter of the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists (CSHP), who shows promise as a future hospital pharmacy practitioner through student activities or experiential training in direct patient care, research or education. The selected candidate exhibits eagerness, dedication and a positive attitude toward  academic learning, the practice, and the profession of hospital pharmacy. 

Co-sponsored by the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists (CSHP) &
the Canadian Association of Pharmacy Students and Interns (CAPSI)

Hospital Pharmacy Student Award recipient 2017/2018

Maria Moreno
Brampton, Ontario


Full biography

January 2018

Maria Moreno is a fourth-year PharmD student at the University of Toronto who is honoured to have been selected as this year’s recipient of the Hospital Pharmacy Student Award. Maria completed three years of undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Arts and Science before choosing to pursue a career in Pharmacy. She was drawn to the profession for its evolving landscape and the value that pharmacists bring to patient care.

Maria feels lucky to have been exposed to several areas of the pharmacy profession. She has completed clinical rotations in hospitals in Toronto and Ottawa in the areas of oncology, emergency medicine, general medicine, intensive care, and rehabilitation. Maria also completed a research rotation at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario conducting a retrospective chart review on the use of cannabis in children. In addition, she has volunteered at the University Health Network working on a variety of projects at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and the Toronto Western Hospital Family Health Team.

During her time as a student, Maria founded a club called Pharmacy Pediatric Initiative that aims to help students learn about the role that pharmacists play in pediatrics, and empower students to provide care for these types of patients in the future. Maria was also part of CAPSI Council where she represented UofT pharmacy students on a national level. She oversaw the implementation of all CAPSI initiatives at UofT and was the chair of Pharmacist Awareness Month 2017. Through this, she created opportunities for students to be recognized for their professional skills and advocate for the profession.

Maria has also been involved with CSHP as the student representative on the Excellence in Hospital Pharmacy Steering Committee. As part of the Communications Working Group, she has been greatly involved in promoting the Excellence program, which assists members in focusing their efforts towards fostering excellence and innovation in patient care.

Outside of pharmacy, Maria’s interests include swimming, travelling, and learning about different cultures. Maria is looking forward to becoming a practicing pharmacist and hopes to work in a hospital setting while incorporating research and teaching into her career.

2018 Award Ceremony Program

Maria was recognized at the Closing Gala at CAPSI's 2018 Professional Development Week (PDW). The Closing Gala was held on January 13, 2018, at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton.

Maria was also honoured at a formal awards ceremony at the 49th Annual Professional Practice Conference (PPC). The ceremony was held on Sunday, February 4, 2018, at the Beanfield Centre (at Exhibition Place) in Toronto.

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The recipient is recognized during CAPSI’s PDW Conference, with travel costs covered by CSHP. The recipient is presented with a framed certificate and a cash award of $500.


The submission consists of an online application and a signature form. Applications are screened for compliance with the criteria for this award and the required endorsement. The applications are then blinded and sent to the Awards Committee for review and final selection.

Applications and signature forms will be accepted until September 30, 2018


Each candidate must meet the following criteria:

  • Is enrolled in a pharmacy program at a Canadian university at the time the application is submitted.
  • Is an active member of CAPSI.
  • Is a Student Pharmacist Supporter of CSHP.
  • Has received training in an organized healthcare setting.
  • Has exhibited the traits of a capable future hospital pharmacy practitioner.
  • Has shown a commitment to hospital pharmacy practice through participation in the education of healthcare practitioners, the public or patients and/or through voluntary participation in CSHP activities.
  • Has been endorsed by a preceptor or supervisor who can attest to the candidate’s worthiness for this award through his or her stated contributions to hospital pharmacy.

Online application form 

Follow this link to access the Hospital Pharmacy Student Award application form. There is a button at the end of the form that will allow you to save your progress and come back later if needed. You must be logged in to the website in order to save a draft of your submission. However, it is highly recommended that you try to submit your nomination in one session if possible. 

Signature form

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The signature form must be signed by the preceptor or supervisor who is endorsing the applicant. If the applicant’s preceptor or supervisor is not a member of CSHP, the signature of a current CSHP Member is also required. 

Following submission of the application, applicants must complete and return the signature form to CSHP by mail, fax, or e-mail.

Past award recipients

2018 Maria Moreno (Brampton, Ontario)
2017 Erin A Cicinelli 
2016 Lydia Cheung 
2015 Katherine Koroluk
2014 Erin Chung
2013 Emily Li
2012 Sarah Hasenbank
2011 Jessica Gagatek
2011 Timothy Leung
2010 Christine Leong
2009 Amy Grossberndt
2008 Omolayo Famuyide
2007 Cathryn Sibbald
2006 Justin Lee

Inquiries should be directed to :

Robyn Rockwell, Membership & Awards Administrator
Toll Free: 1 (877) 340-2756, ext. 222
Direct: (613) 736-9733