Focus on graduate students: Stephanie Ventura Morris
Fifth-year PhD candidate Stephanie Ventura Morris had a stellar
2018. She received three awards from the James L. Winkle College of
Pharmacy (the Ritschel Doctoral Fellowship Recipient, the
Rieveschl/ /Parke-Davis Meritorious Manuscript Award and a Pinnacle
Award) and was awarded the Albert Kligman Young Investigator
Scholarship by the International Society for Biophysics and Imaging
of the Skin. She also received a first-place student poster award
from the Ohio Valley Society of Cosmetic Chemists and a second
place student poster award from the national Society of Cosmetic
Chemists at the annual conference in December 2018.
Morris, who will graduate in 2019 with a PhD in
pharmaceutical sciences and a focus in cosmetic science, shares her
experiences in this field of study:
What it is about cosmetic science that you’d like
people to know that they don’t know?
Cosmetic science is the science of anything you would apply
to your skin, hair, nails or eyes. This includes more than just
color cosmetics like makeup. If you have ever used any products on
your skin or hair like shampoo, body wash or hair gel, worn a
nicotine patch to quit smoking, used antibacterial hand gel,
applied an anti-itch cream like Cortisone-10, or shaved your legs
or face, you have used a product or technology developed by a
Why choose UC for this field of study?
I have a BS in biology and an MS in pharmaceutical sciences
from the University of Cincinnati. The graduate program in cosmetic
science at UC is one of only a few in the U.S. Furthermore, I
believe it provides the best advanced education in cosmetic science
out there. In this program I have had the privilege to work with
and be taught by numerous world-class experts in their fields. I
would absolutely recommend this program to anyone interested in a
career in cosmetic science.
Why choose cosmetic science?
I have always loved science and specifically chemistry and
biology. Being a cosmetic scientist allows me to apply these
interests to problems that affect nearly everyone on a daily
How has the program here helped you define your
The cosmetic science program here has introduced me to an
entire field of applied science I never knew existed. I knew I
wanted to be a research scientist but before I joined the program,
I was unaware that I could have a career as a researcher in a topic
so pertinent to people's everyday lives. I've been using cosmetic
products my entire life but I've never stopped to think about how
or why they were developed.
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