Lawson ’11 Wins Karbeling Leadership Award

Christine Lawson ’11 has been awarded the Karbeling Leadership Award for the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy awarded by the Iowa Pharmacy Association.

The Iowa Pharmacy Association Foundation established the Karbeling Leadership Award as a tribute to the leadership and service of the late Jerry Karbeling. The award reflects Jerry’s passion for involvement in professional organizations and the political process by recognizing one Drake University and one University of Iowa student pharmacist each year who demonstrate outstanding participation in these areas. Recipients are P3 student pharmacists who are nominated by their respective colleges of pharmacy.

As the Operation Immunization Chair of the American Pharmacists Association’s Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP), Lawson has coordinated over 70 immunization clinics with 5,000 student-administered vaccines. Lawson serves in various leadership roles, including President of the Student Leadership Council and as CEO of the Healthcare Business Leadership Organization. Additionally, Lawson has received funding through the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education to conduct a small human-subject study involving a transdermal drug delivery model.

Lawson speaks to students January 8, 2020

Lawson has visited with St. Patrick students here at her alma mater numerous times to share information about her educational journey after attending St. Patrick. Following graduation from St. Patrick, Christine attended Louisiana State University and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry with a minor in Chemistry in 2014. She was selected as a LASTEM Research Scholar at LSU, and she performed research in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Richmond, Virginia, and New York, New York, during her undergraduate career. During this time, she studied a vaccine against Staphylococcus aureus, a vaccine against one of the bacteria that contributes to periodontal disease, and a vaccine against the parasite that causes river blindness.


St. Patrick Catholic High School is a faith-based, college preparatory high school in Biloxi, Mississippi and named a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education in 2019. Established in 2007, St. Patrick is the premier secondary educational institution in South Mississippi and strives each day to Educate Scholars, Train Disciples, and Support Champions. St. Patrick is proud to report a 100% college matriculation rate, ACT and SAT scores that far exceed the state and national averages, and rich history of Catholic education founded in the traditional roots of our legacy schools of St. John High School, Mercy Cross High School, Notre Dame High School, and Sacred Heart Academy.