Volunteer Opportunities

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Member Benefit LogoAAPS has many opportunities for pharmaceutical scientists, ranging from educational offerings to development of leadership skills. One way to develop leadership skills is through volunteering, and AAPS offers numerous occasions for member to get involved in the functioning of the association. These include volunteering to serve on an AAPS committee, student chapter, focus group, or section and participating in the Visiting Scientist Program or at a mentoring event.

Every AAPS member is encouraged to share his or her insight, experience, and dedication to the industry by getting involved. Member volunteerism is what has carried AAPS through its first 25 years and will carry it through its future years. Think about giving back to your professional association.

Current Volunteer Opportunities

The AAPS Chemical and Biological API Manufacturing Technology focus group is seeking volunteers to serve on the steering committee. Please contact Jaime Marach to volunteer.

The AAPS CRO focus group is seeking an undergraduate student to serve as a student representative on the steering committee. Please contact David Hartman to volunteer.

The AAPS Pharmaceutical Impurities focus group is seeking a volunteer with a background in biotherapeutics to serve on the steering committee. Please contact Anita Freed to volunteer.

The AAPS Pharmaco-imaging focus group is seeking volunteers to serve on the steering committee. Please contact Immanuel Freedman to volunteer.

The AAPS Process Analytical Technology focus group is seeking volunteers to serve on the steering committee. Available positions include secretary, AAPS sections/focus group liaison, and newsletter editor. Please contact Claudia Corredor to volunteer.

AAPS regional discussion group meetings are planned and organized by volunteers and their success depends entirely on the contributions of our members. Please contact the chair of the discussion group in your area to actively volunteer and advance the pharmaceutical sciences in your community.

The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) invites qualified candidates—scientists, regulatory professionals, healthcare practitioners, and others who work with medicines and foods—to apply to serve as decision makers on its Council of Experts and Expert Committees for the upcoming 2015–2020 Convention cycle. These expert volunteers will be responsible for developing and revising USP standards that comprise its compendia, in particular the United States Pharmacopeia and National Formulary, Food Chemicals Codex, Dietary Supplements Compendium, and USP on Compounding. New volunteers will begin their five-year tenure on July 1, 2015. Typically, volunteers can expect to spend an average of 3.5 hours per week on USP activities, plus meetings. See their Call for Candidates for further information.

  • USP Council of Experts: The Council of Experts is made up of volunteers who serve as chairs of the Expert Committees. They will be elected at the USP Convention meeting in April 2015. Applications for the 2015–2020 Council of Experts will be accepted through January 1, 2015.
  • USP Expert Committees: There are 24 Expert Committees, each focused on a different area of standards for medicines, dietary supplements, and food ingredients. Committee members are selected by the Council of Experts. Applications for 2015–2020 Expert Committees will be accepted through May 15, 2015.