School Of Pharmacy AAPS Chapter Earns International Recognition

AAPSDuquesne University's American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) student chapter has been named second place winners of the 2017 Student Chapter of the Year (SCOTY) award. 

The chapter was chosen for the honor from among more than 100 student chapters around the world. Winning chapters were identified as those that offered enriching scientific speakers, career-boosting workshops, networking events, community outreach and social opportunities to their members.  The review committee carefully considers applicants' goals, accomplishments, community outreach, professional and scientific learning opportunities, collaboration with other schools, recruitment, and involvement with AAPS. 

Kevin DeBoyace, the departing Duquesne AAPS Student Chapter Chair, said that two main factors that contributed to the chapter's success have been collaboration with nearby universities and increased involvement in educational outreach.

AAPS_2"We have continued to hold a yearly, student-organized conference with the AAPS student chapters of the University of Pittsburgh and West Virginia University. The event helps to facilitate interactions between the various student organizations, and also enables communication across pharmaceutical disciplines. SciTech days, an event at the Carnegie Science Center, which exposes local students from grades 5-12 to science and technology through workshops and hands-on demonstrations, also helped us to promote pharmaceutical science. We also significantly increased our online presence to more actively engage with our members. We started a chapter website, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook accounts to keep members informed about upcoming events."

"This international recognition will bring more awareness to our chapter's vision as well as the important work that we continue to pursue. We hope that this award will inspire students across the school to get involved with AAPS," said Nayeem Hossain, the current Student Chapter Chair. "We are extremely thankful to Dr. James K Drennen, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs at the School of Pharmacy, and Dr. Ira Buckner, associate professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Science and faculty advisor for the school's AAPS student chapter, for all of the guidance and support that they offered us throughout this process. We would also like to thank all of our past members and current members for their effort for this chapter."

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