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P4 Student, Viveca Vélez Negrón Wins National AACP Research Poster Award

Viveca in front of poster
July 29, 2022

Albany, NY- Viveca Vélez Negrón, a P4 student has won the prestigious 2022 AACP Trainee Poster Competition in the Student Pharmacist category.  Viveca and her mentors, Dr. Laurie Briceland and Dr. Paul Denvir traveled to Grapevine, Texas to attend the 123rd Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, where she presented her poster titled, “I Do Not Belong Here!”, an Innovative Learning Activity on Impostor Phenomenon Using Student-Created Infographics. The research poster describes the Impostor Phenomenon (IP) which occurs in individuals who doubt their abilities and experience persistent fear of being exposed as a fraud.

Dr. Laurie Briceland said, “Viveca’s interest in the Impostor Phenomenon (IP) stems from a lecture I gave in the Pharmacy Professional Development elective in the spring of 2021.  Viveca delved deeper by choosing IP as her topic for a required presentation in the elective.  She asked if she could work with me in the future (on the topic of IP).  I readily accepted, and included Dr. Paul Denvir.  We began our work on an Independent Research professional elective course in the summer of 2021.  The project culminated in a number of presentations, including two at the ACPHS Research Symposia, and at the New York State Council of Health System Pharmacists Annual Assembly. As mentors for this project, Paul and I have agreed that working with Viveca was the highlight of our year!  She is a delight, and her work ethic is impeccable.  Her future is very bright.”

Viveca’s project involved many departments across the College, including the Institutional Review Board (IRB); Institutional Effectiveness (Qualtrics Survey design for IP validated survey); the Center for Innovative Learning (utilizing course technology tools Padlet and Poll Everywhere); and Pharmacy Practice (faculty for the Foundations of Pharmacy course lecture) and PharmD Admissions interview participation as an example of student setting up independent research elective. 

“It was an honor for me to represent ACPHS and my island, Puerto Rico, at AACP. My love for academia and pharmacy education has flourished since beginning this research. I thank my mentors, Drs. Briceland and Denvir for believing in me and embarking on this journey. I’m grateful!” said Viveca Vélez Negrón, Pharm D. Candidate, 2023

Viveca’s poster was one of 36 finalist entries from across the country.

The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy appointed volunteer members to serve as judges, who  used an evaluation rubric to assess the posters and videorecording submissions. Finalists were evaluated on the following criterion;

  • How relevant is the work? 
  • How clearly does the abstract describe the work that was conducted? 
  • Are the objectives and hypothesis clearly defined and testable by the methods employed?
  • Are the methods sound?
  • Are the implications consistent with the results?

“Viveca Vélez Negrón and her faculty mentors Dr. Laurie Briceland and Dr. Paul Denvir implemented key tools to minimize the impact of impostor syndrome among pharmacy students. The awareness of impostor syndrome is critical as we support students through the continuum of learning. Thank you to the team for making ACPHS proud,” said President Toyin Tofade, who was present at the AACP Annual Meeting in Texas to witness Viveca’s award.


Kristin Marshall
Director of Communications