Phi Delta Chi ranks Gainesville chapter No. 4 nationally

The 103-chapter pharmaceutical fraternity Phi Delta Chi ranked the UF College of Pharmacy’s Gainesville chapter, Delta Delta, as its No. 4 chapter for 2019–2020.

Group photo of Delta Delta members
The 2019-2020 members of Delta Delta. (This picture was taken prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.)

This is the third year in a row the Gainesville chapter, Delta Delta, has ranked nationally since it became Phi Delta Chi’s 100th chartered chapter in 2016. “Our brothers individually strive for greatness, and we push each other to be the very best as a fraternity as well,” said Christopher Hall, Delta Delta’s worthy chief counselor and a third-year Pharm.D. student. “We hold each other to high standards and that reflects our accomplishments in each of our four pillars: leadership, scholarship, service and brotherhood.”

The chapter’s 2019-2020 awards don’t stop at its national ranking; the chapter placed third overall in the Prescott Scholarship Award and fourth for the John D. Grabenstein Leadership Award. For the fourth year in a row, the chapter achieved 100% completion of the Dale W. Doerr Achievement Award Program, which is a testament to the chapter’s high participation. The chapter’s No. 4 national ranking also means they are placed fourth for the Emory W. Thurston Grand President’s Award.

Hall credits his chapter’s success largely to the mentorship program with the pre-pharmacy society. The chapter organized workshops to help pre-pharmacy students develop their CVs, polish their interview skills and prepare for the PCAT. Chapter members have additionally served at the Ronald McDonald House and UF’s Wilmot Gardens. They also host an annual “Haunted Healthcare,” a haunted house from which all proceeds go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

“As a chapter we strive to improve one another individually and collectively. I am proud of what our brothers have accomplished in and out of the classroom,” Hall said. “It is nice to be recognized for our efforts at the college and in the community on a national level, and we will continue to expand on our success.”