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

AAPS Committees

AAPS is seeking volunteers to serve on the Ambassadors Coordination Committee, Career Development Committee, and Finance Committee beginning in November 2016. To volunteer, please:

  1. Review the committees’ statements of purpose and volunteer position descriptions (PDF) 
  2. Complete the online Volunteer Sign-up Form by August 15, 2016 
AAPS Focus Groups

The following focus groups are seeking volunteers to serve on their steering committees. Participation on the steering committee includes monthly conference calls, programming development, communication to members, and webpage updates.

AAPS Regional Discussion Groups

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. 

AAPS Sections

The RS section is seeking volunteers to assist with the creation of a Regulatory Affairs 102 ecourse. Contact Monica Whitmire to volunteer.

Become A Mentor

The AAPS sections have developed mentoring programs to encourage a voluntary partnership designed to provide graduate student or postdoc mentees with knowledge, encouragement, and guidance in order to achieve their professional goals. Learn more about these programs and become a mentor by visiting the sections' webpages.

Contribute To The AAPS Blog

The AAPS Blog provides multiple, timely perspectives on the issues affecting pharmaceutical scientists. Through the AAPS Blog, we are striving to enhance the AAPS community's engagement via a timely, accessible outlet of perspective and conversation, and provide insight and relevance to the science presented at AAPS events. Please visit the AAPS Blog for further information about how to contribute.

Develop A Webinar

Webinars offer a great opportunity to receive the latest information on pharmaceutical science topics without the need for travel or time away from home and office. To learn more about AAPS webinars and how to submit a proposal, please visit the AAPS Webinars webpage. If the proposal is of interest to one of AAPS' sections or focus groups, we would encourage you to work with the group's officers because they will be able to offer addition assistance.

Suggest Programming

All programming at AAPS' Annual Meeting, National Biotechnology Conference, and all AAPS workshops comes from proposals received from members. The programming committees assigned to each of the events review and choose the strongest, most innovative submissions for the event’s agenda. Please visit the Suggest Programming webpage and learn how to submit your ideas. We’d love to hear from you.

Visiting Scientist Program

The Visiting Scientist Program provides a forum for pharmaceutical scientists to visit colleges and share knowledge, experiences, and ideas with students. Students benefit tremendously from the perspective, advice, and practical experiences of pharmaceutical scientists, while the scientists benefit from their service to the college, learning about the school's current academic research, and supporting research and careers in the pharmaceutical sciences. To learn more and to volunteer, please visit the Visiting Scientist Program webpage.