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AAPS 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 Career Fair
We are calling for volunteers to help attendees at the AAPS Career Fair during the 2015 AAPS Annual Meeting and Exposition. Volunteers will:
- Provide career advice and résumé reviews to candidates on-site at the 2015 AAPS Annual Meeting and Exposition (Monday October 26 and Tuesday October 27). AAPS is offering 20-minute “free” one-on-one career advice/résumé reviews. Volunteers may sign up is for a one- or two-hour shifts. The reviews will be held in the career fair exhibitor hall. Email Kevin Folk with your preferred day(s) and time(s).
- Present a professional development “mini session” at the 2015 AAPS Annual Meeting and Exposition (Monday October 26 or Tuesday October 27). AAPS will be holding informal 30–45 minute presentations within the career fair exhibit hall (no audio-visual equipment will be available). Please submit your topic by September 1 to Kevin Folk.
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.
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.
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.