Earl Morris, Pharm.D., M.P.H., a third-year graduate student in the University of Florida College of Pharmacy’s department of pharmaceutical outcomes and policy, was one of five graduates from Arkansas State University to receive a 2021 Emerging Young Alumni Award. The A-State Alumni Association and Student Philanthropy Council presents the awards annually to young alumni who have made significant contributions to Arkansas State University, their profession and the community.
Morris earned Bachelor of Science degrees in biology and chemistry at Arkansas State in 2015, before earning Doctor of Pharmacy and Master of Public Health degrees from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 2019. He joined the UF College of Pharmacy in the fall of 2019, and he is pursuing a Ph.D. in pharmaceutical sciences with a specialization in pharmacoepidemiology and safety sciences. His faculty mentor is Scott Vouri, Pharm.D., Ph.D., a clinical assistant professor of pharmaceutical outcomes and policy.
Morris’ research focuses on the safe use of medications in older adults, and he has authored seven peer-reviewed scientific articles and more than 20 national presentations. His service and achievement recognitions include the R. E. Lee Wilson Award in 2015, which is given annually to the university’s top graduating senior, Lambda Chi Alpha’s “30 under 30” in 2016, and Mylan Pharmaceutical’s Excellence in Pharmacy Award in 2019. While at UF, he received the Graduate School Preeminence Award.
“This recognition means a lot to me both personally and professionally,” Morris said. “A-State laid the foundation for my interests in research and patient care, and the faculty and staff there provided me with the tools necessary to achieve my professional goals thus far. It is an honor just to be considered for this award, and I am proud to share it with four other young alumni who are doing great things.”
Arkansas State University recognized Morris and its other Emerging Young Alumni Award winners at a luncheon on Oct. 15.