Professional Student Organization

Oncology Student Community

Our focus is to offer an international community for healthcare students with passion in oncology and pharmaceutical industry. We provide education, leadership, mentorship and opportunities in research and community outreach. We promote unique and dynamic experiences for students to collaborate with all oncology stakeholders.

Why Get Involved?

As a member of an NCODA Professional Student Organization, you will gain access to all of our member tools, libraries, and resources, which can help guide your studies. PSOs also give students opportunities to practice leadership skills while networking with national and international leaders in oncology.


The Importance of Oncology Education and Exposure

Many curriculums offer limited opportunities to learn about oncology. This limited experience makes it difficult for students to develop a passion for this dynamic and exciting field. Having access to an NCODA Professional Student Organization chapter allows students to become engaged with the field of oncology early in their careers. NCODA helps shape students’ understanding of oncology and their essential role as future healthcare providers.

PSO Member Benefits

We provide education, leadership, mentorship, and opportunities in research and community outreach. NCODA offers virtual Student Educational Talks to any and all student members!

In addition to joining a growing, innovative field of pharmacy practice, student members also benefit from:

Unique Student Chapters

First organization focused on oncology pharmacy / association management  / industry leadership

Provided to Each Chapter:
  • No local chapter dues
  • No international NCODA membership fees
  • Template bylaws / constitution provided
  • Yearly stipend
  • Custom NCODA PSO tablecloth for events
  • NCODA-branded promo items for chapter meetings
Local Opportunities:
  • Network with oncology / industry professionals within your area via NCODA events
  • Create new educational materials with chapter members
  • Opportunities to shadow local professionals (i.e. oncology pharmacists, etc.)
  • Participate in local community service events through NCODA-led partnerships
  • Learn about new oncology medications from experienced experts via in-person meetings and webinars
International Opportunities:
  • Opportunity to attend NCODA international meetings (Spring Forum & Fall Summit)
  • Opportunity to hold a National Officer Position
  • Opportunity to present relevant research / poster at NCODA international meetings
  • Opportunity to network with oncology / industry experts and key decision makers at NCODA international meetings
  • Connect with pharmacy, medical, and nursing students worldwide
  • Opportunities to work with NCODA members to create resources that help cancer patients
  • Participate on NCODA’s International Monthly Webinar
  • Participate during PSO international calls
  • All chapters will have the opportunity of winning “PSO of the Year” Award (additional criteria)


Join pharmacy students from across North America during our Monthly PSO Meeting that takes place on the second Tuesday and Thursday of each month to learn about upcoming events, new student initiatives, and the opportunity to engage and ask questions that can assist students and college of pharmacy chapters. 


Javier Granados II


About Javier

School: University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy

Javier Granados II is from Corpus Christi, Texas, and is a PharmD candidate, Class of 2024, at the University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy. He previously served as a founder and President of his pharmacy school’s NCODA Professional Student Organization Chapter. Javier has held multiple clinical and preclinical research positions in both academic and industry settings. After graduation, Javier intends to pursue a fellowship in oncology clinical development.

Melanie King

President – Elect

About Melanie

School: Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador

Melanie King is a joint PharmD and MSc (Pharm) student at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador in Canada. Melanie started her university’s NCODA PSO chapter and is now President-Elect for the IEB. Melanie works as a pharmacy intern in oncology at a regional hospital during her summer breaks. Melanie hopes to pursue a career in clinical oncology/ hematology and academia. 

Nathan Uk

VP of Community Service

About Nathan

School: University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy

Nathan Uk, from Savage, MN, is a PharmD candidate, Class of 2024, at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy. He served as an E-Board member and the school’s O.P.S.E. chair representative for his pharmacy school’s NCODA Professional Student Organization Chapter. Nathan has varied experiences working in research, clinical, and outpatient settings prior to and during pharmacy school. After graduation, Nathan plans on pursuing a fellowship in an oncology setting.

Jessica Samuel

VP of Legislative Affairs

About Jessica

School: University of Rhode Island, College of Pharmacy

Jessica Samuel is from Long Island, NY, and a PharmD candidate at the University of Rhode Island, College of Pharmacy. She previously served as President, President-Elect, and Director of Communications for her NCODA student chapter. Jessica has held leadership positions for Rho Chi, PPA, and SCCP student chapters. She currently works in a hospital and community pharmacy and has previously worked in a specialty pharmacy. Jessica is passionate about advocating for oncology patients to eliminate cost barriers and increase medication access.

Susie Udoessien

VP of Meetings

About Susie

School: Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health Professions.

Susie Udoessien is a Class of 2024 PharmD candidate attending Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health Professions. She currently lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and has over 15 years of experience as a technician in traditional community pharmacy and oncology infusion. She founded and was President of the NCODA – Interprofessional Hematology Oncology Organization for her campus. She has served as the secretary for her class and the Pharmacy and Health Professions Student Government (PHPSG). Upon graduating, she hopes to pursue a PGY1 residency with plans to continue her education to specialize in oncology.

Adriana Hudson

VP of Communication

About Adriana

School: University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy

Adriana Hudson is originally from Pembroke, Massachusetts, but currently resides in Saint Paul, Minnesota. As a student in the PharmD class of 2024 at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, she is actively involved in the pharmacy profession through her positions as NCODA chapter president, APhA Patient Care VP, Phi Delta Chi scholarship committee chair, Rho Chi Honor Society fundraising chair, and ACCP journal club coordinator. Her work experience includes inpatient pharmacy intern, teaching assistant, and oncology pharmacy intern. After graduation, she plans to pursue a PGY1/PGY2 oncology residency and work as an oncology clinical pharmacist.
Established Chapters

Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (NY)  ​

Auburn University (AL) ​

Belmont University College of Pharmacy (TN)

Binghamton University (NY)​

Campbell University (NC)

Creighton University (NE)

East Tennessee State University (TN)

Howard University (DC)

Keck Graduate Institute (CA)

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (FL) ​

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences University (MA)​

Midwestern University (IL) ​

North East Ohio University (OH)

Nova Southeastern University (FL) ​

Oregon State University College of Pharmacy (OR)

Purdue University (IN) ​

Regis University (CO)

Shenandoah University Bernard J Dunn School of Pharmacy (VA)

South University (SC & GA)​

Temple University (PA)

Texas Southern (TX)

Texas Tech University (TX)​

The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy (OH)

University of Alberta (Canada)

University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (CO)

University of Florida College of Pharmacy (FL)

University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis (MO)

University of  Illinois Chicago (IL)

University of Iowa (IA) ​

University of Louisiana Monroe College of Pharmacy (LA)

University of Manitoba (Canada)

University of Minnesota (MN)​

University of Missouri-Kansas City (MO)​

University of New Mexico (NM)

University of North Texas (TX)​

University of Rhode Island (RI)   

University of Texas Austin (TX) ​

University of Toledo (OH)​

University of Toronto (Canada)

University of Utah College of Pharmacy (UT)

Virginia Commonwealth University (VA)

Washington State University (WA) ​

Wingate University (NC)


Don’t see your school listed?

You can still join NCODA’s PSO or apply to start a chapter at your school today!

Start an NCODA Professional Student Organization Chapter

Starting an NCODA student organization chapter is easy, thanks to an established framework we’ve used to create chapters across the nation. NCODA provides the administrative and financial support needed to begin, and the NCODA staff provides ongoing support to ensure your chapter’s success.

NCODA is looking to grow our student chapters at pharmacy colleges nationwide. If you have suggestions for additional NCODA student chapter sites, please email Cooper Bailey at or Austin Starkey at



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