Student Section 
Most Frequently Asked Questions

(Benefits listed refer to the 2008 calendar year).

What is Pharmacology?

  • What is pharmacology, how does one become a pharmacologists, what are the research areas of pharmacology, and where do pharmacologist work?  For the answers to these questions, see this page.

What is ASPET?

  • ASPET is the American Society that represents pharmacologist worldwide.  The Society promotes research funding, holds scientific meetings, publishes scientific journals, and provides a number of services to its members.  For more information about ASPET, see this page.

How do I contact ASPET?

Does ASPET offer Student Fellowships?

  • ASPET  has two summer undergraduate research fellowship programs.  One is through awards made to institutions and the other is made to individuals.  For institutional awards, the student must apply to that institution and for individual awards the student applies directly to ASPET.  Details about these ASPET Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Programs are available here
  • Travel Awards are available to enable students to attend the annual meeting.  Graduate Students may apply for a travel award if they are presenting a paper at Experimental Biology.  Eligibility criteria, application procedures and online forms are available  here.  Travel awards are available for a limited number of SURF fellows for the meeting following their summer research experience.  Criteria and application forms are available here.

What are the primary activities of ASPET for its Student members?

  • ASPET holds an Annual Scientific Meeting, either in conjunction with Experimental Biology or with other societies at various locations throughout the US.
  • ASPET offers Travel Awards for Graduate Students, Young Scientists, and Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows  to attend the Annual Scientific Meeting and other selected meetings. 
  • Most ASPET Divisions (see Division link below) sponsor Graduate Student Best Paper Awards competitions at the annual scientific meeting with cash prizes.  
  • ASPET publications include three peer-review scientific journals, one review journal, a current topics review magazine, and a newsletter.

What are the primary requirements for ASPET Student membership? 

  • To qualify for ASPET Student membership, all that is required is an interest in pharmacology and sponsorship by a Regular or Affiliate ASPET member.  Apply online or print an ASPET Membership Application Form that can be mailed.
  • ASPET Student membership is open to undergraduate and graduates student throughout the world.  Contact the Membership Office if you need assistance identifying a sponsor. 

How often are applications for Student membership accepted and reviewed? 

  • Applications for ASPET membership are accepted and reviewed continuously throughout the year. 

What do I receive as a Student member of ASPET? 

  • Student membership in ASPET has the benefit of reduced page charges for publishing in ASPET journals; reduced color figure charges for publication in ASPET journals; reduced subscription costs to ASPET journals in both print and online versions; reduced registration fees for ASPET meetings including Experimental Biology, and ASPET  Colloquia. 
  • ASPET members receive a subscription to Molecular Interventions and have full online access to The Pharmacologist, as well as, online access to the FASEB Newsletter and to The Scientist.  ASPET members will receive a listing in the FASEB Directory.

What is the annual assessment ("dues") for ASPET Student membership? 

  • ASPET Student membership is free for the first year.  Subsequent years, students pay only one-quarter the regular membership fee.  For 2008, dues for students are $30.  Undergraduate students do not pay dues.

How long may I remain an ASPET Student member?

  • Upon completion of your research doctoral degree, your are normally eligible for Regular membership but may remain in the Student Member category for no more than two (2)  years.

Does ASPET have Divisions representing specific areas of research and educational interests? 

  • ASPET has ten Divisions that represent the research and education interests of it membership. Divisions meet at the annual meeting and sponsor symposia at the annual meeting. 
  • Each member of ASPET is asked to identify a primary and as many secondary Division affiliations as they are interested in when they join ASPET. This qualifies the member to vote in the elections of those Divisions. 
  • Student members of ASPET are encouraged to join the Division(s) in which they are interested and to become involved in the activities of the Division(s).

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