Volunteer Opportunities


Volunteer for the NBC Abstract Screening Committee

Help select posters for the National Biotechnology Conference! 

Join the Abstract Screening Committee and help select the poster abstracts that will be presented at the 2023 National Biotechnology Conference (NBC), which will be held in-person in Philadelphia, PA, April 23-26. 

AAPS is now seeking a Vice Chair, 2 Track Chairs, and 2 Track Leaders to serve on the committee. 

Requirements include:

  • AAPS membership at time of application and throughout service
  • Expertise in discipline/area of science related to NBC
  • Active involvement in an AAPS Community 

Previous experience authoring and screening abstracts for AAPS is preferred.

You must be available to monitor submissions and meet with the committee during the screening window in January-February 2023.

Review the complete list of requirements in Abstract Screening Committee Roles, Requirements, Responsibilities (PDF). 

NBC’s tracks are:

  • Track 1: Advances in Therapeutic Development Across Modalities
  • Track 2: Turbocharging Innovation in CMC—Driving Back to Rational Drug Design

Learn more about the tracks and their themes.

Submit your application online by Monday, November 30, 2022.

Ready to apply?

Apply Now!

All applicants will be notified about their application status in late December.

Awards Committee Call for Volunteers

The AAPS Awards Committee oversees the AAPS Awards Program, which brings attention to, and celebrates, impactful science as well as the scientists who serve as role models in the pharmaceutical science community.

AAPS seeks applications for three member positions and one vice chair position to serve on the committee.

  • Committee members serve two-year terms from January 2023–October 2024
  • The vice chair serves a three-year term as a committee officer (vice chair, chair, and then past chair) beginning in January 2023.

Attention Vice Chair Applicants: All applicants for vice chair -- including members now serving on the Awards Committee -- must complete this form to apply for the Vice Chair's role. Applicants for Vice Chair must be currently employed in the pharmaceutical sciences at a senior level (e.g., director or associate professor).

  • Maintain membership throughout their service.
  • Attend monthly virtual meetings.
  • Commit to spending an average of 2+ hours per week between May and June to screen nominations.
  • Use web-based software, including Microsoft Teams and the awards review platform.
  • Maintain confidentiality and act impartially and diligently.
  • Solicit nominations from the membership through personal outreach.

Apply by Friday, December 9, 2022.

Applicants will be notified about their status in January.

Learn more about the AAPS Awards Program

Apply Now!

Apply to Serve on the AAPS Board of Directors

The AAPS Nominations Committee is seeking nominations for president-elect and two members-at-large of the Board of Directors for the term of 2024–2026. Terms begin on October 26, 2023, after the next AAPS PharmSci 360 conference. 

AAPS depends on elected Board of Directors members to fulfill our mission to advance the capacity of pharmaceutical scientists to develop products and therapies that improve global health.

Service on the Board is a chance to grow personally and professionally through a unique experience that will expand your skills, demonstrate your leadership acumen, and connect you with a team of other passionate and motivated professionals. 

Nominate a qualified colleague or yourself by emailing a completed Call for Nominations Form to Maria Nadeau at [email protected] by 5:00 pm ET on January 9, 2023. 

Nominees must:

  • Be AAPS members at the time of nomination and throughout service.
  • Be able to take office on October 26, 2023, and serve through October 2026.

Refer to the following documents for more information about serving on the Board and the election process: 

If you have any questions, contact:

Maria Nadeau, Director, Membership & Communities

[email protected]




Participate in the Visiting Scientist Program!

The Visiting Scientist Program connects pharmaceutical scientists with students to share their knowledge and experiences. Volunteers may arrange to visit a college in-person or virtually.


  • Expose students to career opportunities in the pharmaceutical sciences.
  • Provide colleges and their faculty with access to scientists with working expertise.
  • Increase communication and foster information exchange between students and professionals working in the pharmaceutical sciences.
  • Convey to students and faculty the complexities, opportunities, challenges, and costs associated with drug discovery, development, production, quality control, and marketing.  

Experienced scientists from all disciplines related to the pharmaceutical sciences are invited to participate.

Learn more by reading the program description and guidelines.

Apply today!

Application for Scientists

Application for Colleges

The AAPS Student Program Support Committee will match scientists with colleges based on their applications and connect the two parties to arrange a mutually agreeable schedule for the virtual event or in-person visit. The committee will do its best to create a mutually beneficial match.


Email the AAPS Membership Department or call +1.877.998.2277 for assistance.

Submit Your Proposal 

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.

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.

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.

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AAPS Communities Volunteer Opportunities

Apply to join an AAPS Community leadership team to enhance members' networking, discussions, and knowledge-sharing.

We are seeking volunteers for the following positions:

  • Secretary: Corresponds with community volunteers and maintains its records
  • Learning Opportunities Manager(s): Develops learning opportunities
  • Member Engagement Manager(s): Engages members in the online community platform 

Refer to the Communities Leadership Positions Guide for complete details about the duties for each position.       

Leadership Activities

The community leadership drives activities in this community to increase online discussions and develop learning opportunities to help the members to learn and grow. Activities include:

  • Community leadership hold monthly, one-hour teleconferences to drive activities within the community.
  • The chair will be invited to monthly calls to connect all community chairs.
  • Community volunteers are invited to monthly, one-hour training webinars.
  • Time to develop learning opportunities which varies based on specific projects being developed.
  • Time to share information and monitor discussions in the online platform.
  • Attendance at PharmSci 360 is encouraged to promote the community and engage conference attendees.


The term for all positions is a minimum of one year with the option to renew. 


  • Be an AAPS member at the time of application.
  • Membership must be maintained while in a leadership position.
  • Interest in contributing to the Communities to help connect members and share knowledge and resources.
  • Ability to share documents and communicate with other members in the online community platform.

Apply Today!

All applicants will be screened as submissions are received. Please allow two weeks for notification of your application status.

If you have any questions, email Maria Nadeau, director, membership & communities, or call +1.703.248.4709.