Doctorates and Division I

Three women students are in a lab, one is jumping over a hurdle in the middle, one on the left is in a lab coat, one on the right is in athletic gear and holding a tennis racket

Katie Tuck, Mallory Short and Melinda Johnson are School of Pharmacy students who juggle being UMKC athletes with doctorate-level studies. Photos by Brandon Parigo, Strategic Marketing and Communications

School of Pharmacy student-athletes balance high-level studies and sports competition

Pick a sports metaphor about facing a challenge and University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy student-athletes are living it. They’re pursuing health doctorates while competing at the Division I level. Continue reading

PharmD Student Kim Nezianya Combines Studies and Sports

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Kim Nezianya

1st Year PharmD | 2018

How do you pronounce your last name?

Na-Zan-Ya – like lasagna with an N.

Where is UMKC taking you?

Lots of places. To the basketball court. I was an athlete here, moving to Kansas City from Dallas. Both of my parents are from Nigeria. And now, I am a student in the School of Pharmacy. I have been at UMKC for six years. I double majored in Communications Studies and Chemistry.

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