Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer at PharmSci 360

Volunteer to be a Conference Buddy

Hundreds of scientists who’ve never participated in an AAPS event like PharmSci 360 will attend this year, and they need your help!

Would you mentor a new attendee through the Conference Buddy program?

It’s easy to be a Conference Buddy!

  • Submit your name and contact information to AAPS, and acknowledge that you will meet with your buddy while you’re at the conference.
  • AAPS will introduce you to a buddy!
  • Contact your buddy before the conference, introduce yourself, and offer to answer any questions.
  • Meet your buddy at the beginning of the conference to help them plan their experience and answer any questions.
  • Introduce your buddy to some of your contacts and sit with them in a general session.

If you and your buddy hit it off, you can choose to do other things together, but there is no obligation for you to do so.


Be a Conference Buddy to someone who is new to AAPS! You'll expand your network, and quite possibly make a new friend!

To become a Conference Buddy, please complete the signup form. 

Conference Buddy volunteers will receive information to connect you with a first-time attendee and tips in late October.

Spotlight Opportunities

Become a Journal Social Media Editor

Pharmaceutical Research (PHAM) is in search of a Social Media Editor. This role will develop the PHAM social media presence and improve online engagement with the journal’s online audience, in order to help grow usage and traffic.

Resume Reviewers

Are you interested in giving back to the next generation of pharmaceutical scientists? Consider becoming a resume reviewer and make meaningful connections with scientists looking to rise within your field.

Email resumereview@aaps.org by October 15 to volunteer as a reviewer.

Mentors Needed

AAPS is hosting its Annual Mentoring Breakfast on Tuesday, November 6, from 7 am – 8:30 am, during AAPS PharmSci 360

We are seeking experienced scientists from a variety of backgrounds to lead participants in discussions of their career plans and goals. The only qualification is your willingness to share your experience and insights! 

The Mentoring Breakfast typically attracts dozens of students, as well as a few early- and mid-career attendees. This year’s breakfast will be held at the Marriott Marquis Washington, DC. Attendance is free to participants through the generous sponsorship of Biogen.

Being a mentor will allow you to engage in informal, one-on-one conversations and give tomorrow’s scientists – and the future leaders of AAPS! – the benefit of your insight and experience. 

If you can commit to attending this breakfast as a mentor, please complete this brief online form and upload your current bio (no more than 1 page).

Please note, there are no funds available to support travel expenses to this event.

Write a Cover Article for AAPS Newsmagazine 

Do you want to share your perspective on recent pharmaceutical science research, advancements, or news? Is it important for your career to write frequently? Write for AAPS Newsmagazine!

AAPS Newsmagazine is one of the highest-rated AAPS member benefits, and the scientific cover articles are the most read articles in the magazine. Cover articles appear in both the print and online magazine, are featured in the monthly email to members, and are highlighted in AAPS social media. Join 20+ years of authors who have shared their expertise and perspectives on some of the hottest trends in pharmaceutical science.

2019 Cover Article Topics

Topics fall into five general areas: Preclinical Development, Bioanalytics, Clinical Pharmacology, Formulation and Quality, and Manufacturing and Bioprocessing. Find a list of specific topics for cover articles on AAPS Newsmagazine Online.

Ready to apply? Submit your application online.

Opportunity Description Approximate Time Commitment How To Contribute
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. 7 hours Visit the AAPS Webinars webpage
Share Your Ideas Let us know how AAPS can help you. Share your ideas for scientific and professional development offerings. 5 minutes (more time is required if you volunteer to develop the idea) Email Meredith Voelkel
Visiting Scientist Program A forum for pharmaceutical scientists to visit colleges and share knowledge, experiences, and ideas with students. 2 hours to prepare a presentation; 1 day for the visit Email Chuck Salvetti

Short-Term Volunteer Opportunities

Are you interested in volunteering, but you don't have a lot of time to spare? We offer a variety of opportunities including knowledge-sharing, resume counseling, offering feedback, and student chapter visits.

Extended Volunteer Opportunities

If you’re interested in volunteering your time and talent, we provide easy access to a wide range of long-term volunteer opportunities that last up to a year or more. Whether you want to contribute to specific programs (book editing, mentoring, or programming) or get involved within your niche community, we can help you find the opportunity that is right for you.

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

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.

  1. Chapter authors can expect a three- to six-month commitment (depending on your personal writing style and scheduling availability). Most of the work will be done within a short 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).
  2. Book editors do not have much work 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? 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.

New AAPS Communities Volunteer Opportunities

In 2018, AAPS sections and focus groups are shifting to a community-focused format to enhance members' networking, discussions, and knowledge-sharing.

New positions include:

Community Leader
Coordinator & point-of-contact

Community Facilitator
Leads online discussions

Community Administrator
Maintain resources

Community Content Administrator
Develop learning opportunities

Learn more about these positions and how to apply by visiting the Communities Volunteer Opportunities webpage.

Email Maria Nadeau if you have any questions.