Volunteer Opportunities

Every pharmaceutical scientist is encouraged to share his or her insight, experience, and dedication to the field by getting involved within AAPS. Volunteerism is what has carried AAPS through its first 30 years and will carry it through its future years. Think about giving back to your profession and colleagues.

Volunteering will allow you to:

  • Share your knowledge by taking an active role in developing educational opportunities to help others learn and grow. 
  • Make valuable professional and personal connections by working alongside other members in the AAPS community. This will help broaden your network and build lasting friendships with other thought leaders. 
  • Enhance your leadership experience by expanding on skills and roles you may not acquire in your current position.
  • Support AAPS' mission to advance the capacity of pharmaceutical scientists to develop products and therapies that improve global health.

Short-Term Volunteer Opportunities

Develop A Webinar

Webinars offer a great opportunity to deliver 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, visit the AAPS Webinars webpage. Approximate Time Commitment: 7 hours

Resume Advisor

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 email Kate Chutuape if you are interested in this mentoring opportunity.

Share Your Ideas

How can AAPS help you? Share your ideas for scientific and professional development offerings. Approximate Time Commitment: 5 minutes (more time would be required if you volunteer to help develop the idea)

Social Media

Are you active on social media and have thoughts about AAPS’ contributions? If so, please email Katie Baumer with your feedback. Approximate Time Commitment: 5 minutes

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 and learning about the school's current academic research. Visit the Visiting Scientist Program webpage for more information and application forms. Approximate Time Commitment: 2 hours to prepare a presentation, and 1 day for the visit

Write a Blog

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 issues affecting pharmaceutical scientists. Visit the AAPS Blog for further information about how to contribute. Approximate Time Commitment: 3 hours

Extended Volunteer Opportunities

AAPS seeks passionate, experienced scientists to lead our theme task teams!

Year-round Theme Chairs
AAPS seeks 5 theme chairs to lead development of the year-round theme programming. Each chair will lead one of the following themes:

  • Novel/Advanced Delivery Technology: Technology centered; formulation science, device, combination product, biologics, and/or product environment; macro and microscopic tools
  • Translation of Molecule to Medicine: Risk assessment in the discovery process and how that changes the formulation strategy; how that is translated into the clinical program and the regulatory implications 
  •  Emerging Modalities: Vaccines, gene therapy, vectors, hybrid molecules, combination therapies 
  •  Predictive Modeling: In silico models; regulatory aspects 
  •  Biosimilars: CMC scientists, regulatory paradigm, QbD

Theme chairs will guide a process that includes:

  • Developing a strategy for AAPS’ approach to a broad topic
  • Reviewing AAPS’ existing catalogue of content related to the topic 
  • Developing a call for new programs to supplement gaps in AAPS’ content related to the topic

Successful candidates will work closely with volunteer leaders and staff to define how AAPS approaches a topic that is important to pharmaceutical scientists across the industry.

Candidates must agree to:

  • Make a 1-year commitment, with an estimated two hours of work per month.
  • Plan the agenda for and lead monthly teleconferences. 
  • Support AAPS’ Strategic Plan.

Required Background  

  • Have a broad background in the theme.
  • Be an AAPS member in good standing at time of application and throughout term of service. 
  • Have held a leadership position in AAPS in the past (e.g., focus group or section chair, committee chair, etc.) 
  • Complete the online application by the deadline.

Ready to apply? Submit your application online by Friday, April 14.

Selection Process
AAPS will convene a group of former Annual Meeting chairs, who have experience in guiding program development over a broad scientific area, to review applications and recommend the first year-round theme chairs. In future years, experienced year-round theme chairs will evaluate candidates.

Selection teams will review applications, looking for:

  • Scientific background in the theme
  • Experience leading a team 
  • Understanding of the responsibilities of the role  
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 and various ways to contribute to the group that may include programming development, communication to members, and webpage updates. Approximate Time Commitment: 1-4 hours per month, or more if you volunteer to lead an intensive project

AAPS Regional Discussion Groups—Volunteer Locally

Regional discussion group meetings are planned and organized by volunteers and their success depends entirely on the contributions of our members. Contact the chair of the discussion group in your area to actively volunteer and advance the pharmaceutical sciences in your community. Approximate Time Commitment: dependent upon the number of meetings and the meeting components; discussion group chairs will be able to provide specific details

AAPS Sections

DDDI Section 

The DDDI section is looking for volunteers to assist in various capacities in 2017. Please see below for additional information on the available opportunities.

     1.  Assisting the DDDI section representative to the following AAPS committees in generating content that will be relevant for the membership. The volunteers may also be considered to represent the section at the committee level in the future. Please reach out to the representative or the DDDI section chair, Caroline McGregor for additional information.

 AAPS Committees 

2017 Representative 

AAPS Blog Committee Robert Wenslow 
eLearning Committee Yu-hua Hui 

     2.  Contributing to the following section committees. Please reach out to the committee chair for additional information. 

DDDI Section-Only Committees 

2017 Representative 

Discovery Biotech Erika Walsh*
Annette Bak
Kim Tye
Focus Group Liaison HaiAn Zhen 
Membership Relations Ellen Minnihan*
Anand Sridhar
Kshitij Verma
Patrice Jackson-Ayotunde
Hazem Hassan  
Newsletter Henry North*
Ted Roche
Webinar Grace (Ilevbare) Okoh*


RS Section 

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.

Authors/Editors for the AAPS Introductions in the Pharmaceutical Sciences Book Series

Interested in contributing to advancing the capacity of pharmaceutical scientists?

Consider identifying an area of science for which the fundamental knowledge and/or skills are relatively concrete and easy to describe. Decide if you want to be a chapter author, where you can describe part of these foundational concepts, or if you want to be a book editor, where you can lace the chapter pieces together to tell a cohesive and coherent story.

  • Chapter authors can expect a three-six month commitment (depending on your personal writing style and scheduling availability). Most of the work will be done within a short period of time early in the project, with a follow-up check-in when the book is completed. Book editors can expect a bit longer commitment (largely dependent on how responsible the chapter authors are to meeting deadlines).
  • Book editors do not have much work to do at the start of the project and typically have more concentrated periods of activity as the chapters are being submitted through to book production. This time commitment may be closer to 9-12 months (perhaps a bit longer), but only a few months where there is a heavier load.

Do you have ideas, but are not sure where to go with them? Consider your focus groups, sections, or working groups/collaborations that you have at your place of employment—talk and brainstorm, and then email Robin Zavod or call her at +1 (630) 515-6478. Robin would be happy to help stitch book projects together, potentially bringing authors from multiple institutions together, to fill gaps in expertise.

Be 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.

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. Please email Kate Chutuape if you are interested in this mentoring opportunity.

Suggest Programming

All programming at all AAPS meetings comes from proposals received from members. A programming committee reviews and chooses the strongest, most innovative submissions for development as live events. Visit the Suggest Programming webpage and learn how to submit your ideas. We’d love to hear from you.