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

Abstract Screening

AAPS is seeking volunteers to screen contributed papers submitted to the 2017 AAPS National Biotechnology Conference. To volunteer, please complete the screener application form by February 21, 2017.

Screener training material, the topic structure outline, and screening tips will be available in February on the contributed papers webpage.

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 regulatory sciences subject matter expert volunteers to assist with the creation of a Regulatory Affairs 102 ecourse. Contact Monica Whitmire to volunteer.

AAPS Social Media

Are you active on social media and have thoughts about AAPS’ social media? If so please email Katie Baumer with your feedback.

Become A Mentor

AAPS is in the process of revising its long-standing mentoring program to better serve graduate students, postdoctoral associates, and other professionals seeking knowledge, encouragement, and guidance from an experienced professional. The program will be facilitated by the Ambassadors Coordination Committee (ACC) and will continue to support the professional development needs of AAPS members.

The ACC is currently looking for mentors who would like to be part of the mentoring program and are interested in establishing a one-on-one relationship for approximately six to 12 months with a mentee. AAPS is also looking for mentors who would like to serve as a resume advisor and provide one-time counseling to an individual seeking to improve his/her resume. Please send an email to Kate Chutuape if you are interested in either (or both) mentoring opportunities.

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 pe