Rutland, MA, native Megan Pantos has thrived on the Western New England campus by keeping a healthy balance between her academics and career pursuits, love of music, volunteer work, and faith-based activities. Currently in the Doctor of Pharmacy program, Megan completed her first rotation this past spring at Health Alliance hospital, and was later offered a position there as a pharmacy technician and intern. She also worked on a research project with Dr. Daniel Kennedy to identify new drugs that could be used in the treatment or prevention of heart attacks, strokes, or cancer. She presented this research in a poster presentation at the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Annual Meeting and plans to continue this research throughout the upcoming year. Additionally, Megan has spent the last three years gaining pharmacy experience at Walgreens.
She is in her third year as a Resident Advisor for junior and senior students, which has given her the opportunity to expand her skills while also helping her residents succeed through unique programming and mentorship.
Music has provided Megan with numerous opportunities and friendships over the years. One of these most notable experiences was getting to perform at the Women Composers Festival of Hartford. She is also a member of Campus Chorus, where she has served as President and Vice President, and continues to help the music program to have its presence known on campus. Off campus, she has worked with the Children’s Choir of Springfield and taken dance lessons with the McInerney School of Irish Dance.
Megan has enjoyed welcoming prospective students to campus and helping their families while working for the Office of First Year Students for the last two years. She is proud to highlight Western New England during Open Houses throughout the year and then welcome new students on Accepted Students Day.
She is a member of the Phi Delta Chi and Alpha Lambda Delta honor societies, and is consistently on the Dean’s List. Megan also won the Department of Communication’s 7th annual public speaking contest as a freshman with her speech discussing careers in pharmacy.
In her spare time, Megan enjoys volunteering both at her church and with the Worcester County Reserve Deputy Sheriff’s Association. Along with her twin brother, Megan is the youngest sworn in Reserve Deputy.