By Uma Fogueri
The American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) provides a platform for exchange of knowledge and significantly contributes to the advancement of science. The school chapters that are supported by AAPS provide valuable resources that allow students to receive education and training. The University of Colorado (UC) Denver student chapter has significantly benefited from this support, which has enabled students to network with mentors in the industry, exchange ideas, and learn about the various fields of pharmaceutical science. The 2017–2018 chapter at UC Denver was headed by Kimberley Casalvieri, and in 2016–2017, the chapter was chaired by Uma Fogueri.
Through AAPS support, the UC Denver chapter has organized periodic industry tours at local pharmaceutical companies. The tours give students knowledge in their transition from graduate studies to a career in industry.
The chapter has hosted seminars with scientists from different pharmaceutical companies, which give students the opportunity to interact with experts from local biotech companies and learn about different options they have in the pharma/biotech industry once they graduate. With support from AAPS, UC Denver chapter students have advanced to successful careers and now significantly contribute to the pharmaceutical sciences.
AAPS Team 2017–2018
The AAPS events were kickstarted with the famous The PhD Movie, something that every grad student could relate to. The chapter organized an F31 grant writing workshop for students, which has led to grant submission and successful funding.
To educate us on various fields of pharmaceutical science, a medical science liaison from Gilead BioSciences and a scientist from CBR international Corp. were invited to present a seminar.
We have had CV and résumé workshops to provide valuable insight for students to tailor their CVs and resumes for industry and nonindustry jobs.
These events were made possible due to the generous support of AAPS, for which all participating student are extremely grateful.AAPS Team 2016–2017