Opportunities for Students/Postdocs

Opportunities for Students/Postdocs

ASPET is dedicated to helping early-career scientists showcase their research, expand their scientific experience and make connections with pharmacology experts.

The ASPET 2024 Annual Meeting will provide many opportunities for early-career scientists, including undergraduates, post-baccalaureate students, graduate students and postdoctoral scientists.

Travel Awards

The objective of the ASPET Travel Award Program is to encourage the career development of young scientists through their participation in the ASPET Annual Meeting. Attendance provides the opportunity for young scientists to learn about recent advances in pharmacology, network with peers and international experts in the field of pharmacology, and to contribute their own work to the scientific dialogue.

The award consists of paid registration and up to 4 hotel nights at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City. International travel awards for those residing in developing countries also include US$500 for airfare. You must be an ASPET 2024 member and the presenting author on an abstract submitted by December 7.

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Poster Awards

Poster awards are offered for outstanding poster presentations by undergraduates, graduate and post-baccalaureate students, and postdoctoral scientists attending ASPET 2024. The goal of the Student-Postdoc Poster Competition is to showcase and recognize the highest quality scientific work submitted by ASPET’s young scientist members.

Awards include cash prizes whose value varies by category. You must be an ASPET 2024 member and the presenting author on an abstract submitted by December 7.

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Oral Presentations and Awards from Divisions

Divisions will select finalists for their oral presentation awards from eligible abstracts submitted by young scientists to their applicable abstract topic categories by December 7. No separate application is necessary. To be considered, you must be an ASPET 2024 member and the presenting author.

Speaking Opportunities in Sessions

Session chairs will be reviewing abstracts submitted by December 7 and looking for relevant research that complements their session topics. Applicable presenting authors will be invited to join the session as a speaker.

Guppy Tank Translational Science Pitch Competition

Who can participate?

Any graduate/postdoctoral researcher working on a translational scientific project. A translational project can be based on data generated from in vitro, ex vivo tissue or in vivo experiments or incorporating AI/computational/in silico/data sciences. This research identifies a therapeutic target or platform likely to, or with the potential to, translate to human physiology and prevent, reverse, or treat disease pathology.

Why participate?

Participate to be one of the 4 finalists and:

  1. Receive a discounted registration rate to the ASPET 2024 Annual Meeting ($100 for postdocs, $25 for grad students).
  2. Receive up to two nights complimentary hotel accommodation in the official ASPET hotel block.
  3. Receive one-on-one coaching from industry-level experts to build your final pitch.
  4. Present your innovation to a live audience at ASPET meeting and receive constructive feedback from an elite panel of judges.
  5. Connect with the industry network and increase your visibility!
  6. Engage in a one-on-one post-conference advisory meeting with a senior scientific leader to get career development advice and feedback on the technology pitched at the competition.
  7. Be recognized as the best pitch award winner and brand your research in a special article published in The Pharmacologist magazine.

How can you participate?

You can apply using this application link. Applications are due January 12, 2024.

Peer Mentoring

Are you a trainee looking for mentoring and networking experiences during ASPET 2024? The ASPET Young Scientists Committee invites you to participate in the peer mentoring program “Partnering for Success” at ASPET 2024.

The goals of this mentoring program are to:

  1. Support, encourage, and motivate younger ASPET members and first-time attendees.
  2. Provide a mentoring experience for ASPET’s more senior trainees.
  3. Increase interaction of trainees across and within ASPET divisions.

If you choose to participate in this program as either a mentor or a mentee, you’ll be matched up with another ASPET trainee member based on your scientific interests and goals for participating. We suggest that pairs meet for at least 30 minutes during the meeting at a time that is mutually convenient. Mentors should endeavor to visit the mentee’s poster session and/or oral presentation during the meeting. We anticipate that mentors will provide some guidance for navigating the meeting as well as insights into preparing for career transitions. We would like to highlight that this mentoring will be limited to the conference; no future commitment is required from volunteers (unless mutually agreed upon).

Whether you’re a new ASPET member looking for guidance, or a more established trainee who wants to help show off all a scientific meeting can offer, we encourage you to participate!

Sign up for this program when you register.

Mentoring Network | Apply by December 15

The ASPET Mentoring Network: Coaching for Career Development is a year-round program designed to supplement the training that graduate students and postdoctoral trainees receive through their university programs. The ASPET Mentoring Network focuses on developing skills needed to succeed scientifically, professionally, and psychologically, including discussions about experiences and pressures faced by groups that are underrepresented in the sciences. As a professional development experience, the program uses a coaching model to help participants develop success skills for a variety of careers, including but not limited to academia, industry, government, and policy.

Graduate students and postdoctoral scientists accepted into the 2024-2025 program will attend several events in association with ASPET 2024 in Arlington, Virginia. Learn More

Washington Fellows | Applications for 2024 Closed

The mission of the ASPET Washington Fellows Program is to enable developing and early-career scientists interested in science policy to learn about and become more engaged in public policy issues.

Fellows develop an understanding of how public policy decisions made in Washington, D.C. help shape and impact science policy, such as funding for the National Institutes of Health and other science agencies. Fellows also learn how to advocate effectively on Capitol Hill and in their home districts. This program helps fellows develop the skills and insights to become future leaders in science.

The year-round fellows program that begins in January of 2024 is now closed for new applications.

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Related opportunities for science policy and advocacy:

  • Participate along with the fellows and other ASPET members for ASPET’s Capitol Hill Day on Wednesday, May 15 from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. Space is limited. Sign up when you register for the annual meeting.
  • Submit your own abstract to the Policy & Advocacy abstract topic area or at the meeting, be sure to visit the Policy & Advocacy posters submitted by others.
  • Attend the concurrent session titled “Navigating Science Policy: Priorities, Advocacy and Engagement.”
  • Sign up for the pre-meeting interactive “ Advocacy for Science Workshop” being held the morning of Thursday, May 16 (additional fee, limited space)
  • Talk with current and former Washington Fellows at the ASPET 2024 Annual Meeting at their advocacy table.
Career Development

Take advantage of several opportunities for professional development and career exploration:

  • Career focused networking lunches for trainees sponsored by divisions;
  • Interactive concurrent sessions including “A Toolkit on Leadership Skills” and a “Journals Workshop: Opening the Blinds on the Editorial and Review Process;” 
  • Career center tables to visit with universities who want to connect with potential students, labs looking for scientists, or employers scouting for new team members;
  • Nightly networking in the poster hall; and
  • Much more!
Important Dates



ASPET Annual Meeting in Arlington, VA



ADDC/ASPET Colloquium



ASPET 2025 Annual Meeting
Portland, OR



ASPET 2026 Annual Meeting
Minneapolis, MN