Sims is first African American female to earn Ph.D. in pharmacal sciences at Auburn University

SimsCatrina Sims, a 25-year-old Ph.D. graduate, made history Monday during Auburn University's commencement ceremony when she became the first African American female to receive a Ph.D. in pharmacal sciences in Auburn University's Harrison School of Pharmacy. She also served as the marshal for the School of Pharmacy. Sims was initiated in the Auburn University Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi in the fall of 2007.

Sims (left) is pictured with AU's president Dr. Jay Gogue (middle) and pharmacal professor Dr. Vishnu Suppiramaniam (right).