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Publish Date: 04/06/00
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Gift to Cosmetic Science Program Funds Fellowship

Cincinnati--The University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Pharmacy recently received a $320,000 gift for its Cosmetic Science Program. "This gift is important to the college because it recognizes the rich history and tradition of graduate education in the Cosmetic Sciences Program which began when Professor Leon Lichtin, PhD, started the program nearly forty years ago," says Daniel Acosta Jr., dean of the College of Pharmacy.

"The gift will be used to fund a graduate student fellowship in cosmetic science," says Randall Wickett, PhD, College of Pharmacy professor and Director of the Cosmetic Science program. UC graduates with a Bachelor of Science (BS) in chemical engineering will have first priority in the fellowship selection. However, if no chemical engineering student is available, the fellowship can be awarded to other cosmetic science graduate students. "This gift enables the college to recruit chemical engineering students into this program," says Acosta.

The Cosmetic Science program is for a master's degree in science through the UC College of Pharmacy. Lichtin founded the program in 1973. "We were the first program offering a Master of Science degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences with a specialization in cosmetic science," says Wickett. As a major supplier of research talent to cosmetic firms, the program combines co-op and classroom experience, including a special lab for teaching cosmetic formulation.

"Mr. William Forbriger made this donation because he worked closely in the beginning with Professor Lichtin and one of his cosmetic science students," says Acosta. "This student went on to become an employee in Mr. Forbriger's company, Tressa. He is a valuable employee and helped developed several product lines for the company."

"Mr. Forbriger, who received a BS in chemical engineering from UC, never forgot how the Cosmetic Science program contributed to the success of his company," says Acosta.

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