Thirty thousand dollars raised in 30 days was the goal set by the Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) to benefit their foundation. “’30K in 30 Days’ was a fundraising campaign introduced by AAPS in celebration of their 30th anniversary,” said Yifan Lu ’18, chair of Pacific’s chapter of AAPS. “The goal was to raise $30,000 and provide three graduate students with a $10,000 fellowship funding to further their research.” Pacific’s chapter organized a board game night where students competed against faculty. The chapter earned the distinction of being the student chapter with the largest number of donations.
“The AAPS Foundation is the philanthropic arm of AAPS,” said Vice-Chair Mallika Vadlamudi ’18. “Its mission is to provide meaningful financial support to scientists to advance research, education and training for the discovery, development and manufacture of drugs. It is also used to encourage, inspire and inform K–12 students of career opportunities in the pharmaceutical sciences.”
Founded in 1986, AAPS advances the capacity of pharmaceutical scientists to develop products and therapies that improve global health. AAPS has approximately 10,000 members worldwide who have roles in academia, industry, research and government. Pacific’s AAPS student chapter was established in October 2004; the chapter currently has 66 student members from various disciplines. Xiaoling Li, PhD, professor of pharmaceutics and medicinal chemistry and associate dean for graduate education and research, serves as the faculty advisor. “Our mission is to enrich students’ graduate experiences by providing resources in the field of pharmaceutical sciences to bridge the gap between academia and industry,” shares Treasurer Jieyun Cao ’18. “To achieve this mission our chapter has organized numerous activities such as guest speaker events and research symposia, as well as professional and social interactions.”
Cao sees the value in being involved in professional organizations as a student. She elaborates, “Professional organizations are a great platform which facilitate interactions between students and industry scientists, as well as academic scholars. It gives us exposure to the pharmaceutical field and prepares us for our future career endeavors.”
The chapter is actively involved in the University’s annual Research Day. Since 2015, members have assisted with and moderated the event. The vision of the multi-disciplinary event compliments APPS’s core values of learning, innovation, service, inclusiveness and integrity. “Research Day is an event that showcases the research and creative endeavors of Pacific’s faculty, graduate and undergraduate students via posters and presentations,” said Vadlamudi. The next Research Day will be held on the Stockton campus on April 29, 2017.
This year the AAPS chapter initiated the inaugural Pacific-China Pharmaceutical University Pharmaceutical Research Symposium to promote international networking and collaboration on research techniques and ideas. Vadlamudi shares, “The event was very successful and was scientifically stimulating. Pharmacy and chemistry faculty members, as well as graduate students and doctor of pharmacy students attended the event. With the success of the first symposium, we will expand the second symposium by involving more universities such as University of California, San Francisco.”
By Anne Marie H. Bergthold