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 Focus Groups

The Oral Absorption focus group is seeking nominees for chair-elect. Candidates must be AAPS members. The elected candidate will serve as chair-elect in 2017 and 2018, chair in 2019 and 2020, and past chair in 2021 and 2022. Learn more (PDF) about focus group officer duties. Submit your nomination to Yasuhiro Tsume with a 250 word biography by May 13, 2016.

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.

Abstract Screener

Volunteer to screen contributed papers submitted to the 2016 AAPS Annual Meeting and Exposition by completing the screener application form by June 15, 2016. Screener training materials, the topic structure outline, screening tips, and timelines are available on the contributed papers webpage.

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.