Meet the 2023 AACP Aspiring Academics Announcing the 20 student pharmacists selected for the program's inaugural cohort.

From more than 200 applicants, the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy has selected 20 student pharmacists from across the country for the inaugural cohort of the AACP Aspiring Academics Program.

The program, designed to facilitate a deeper understanding of career paths in academic pharmacy, engages the chosen students through asynchronous learning modules, mentorship, networking, a group project, involvement with AACP, and attendance at Pharmacy Education 2024 and the Teachers’ Seminar in Boston.

By the completion of the program, students will be able to understand the various types of pharmacy faculty positions; state the expectations of faculty regarding scholarship, teaching and service; describe the process and skills needed to advance in a career in pharmacy academia; and more.

Aspiring Academics will also have the opportunity to learn from two distinct faculty member mentors, one from within their own institution (the home mentor) and one assigned by AACP (the AACP group mentor)—all while building a national network of peers interested in academia.

Meet the 2023 AACP Aspiring Academics:

Ivann Agapito

University of California, Irvine

Esther Albuquerque

The University of Texas at Austin

Lama Almutairi

Medical University of South Carolina

Diego Benavides

The University of Tennessee

Theodore Blum

University of Nebraska Medical Center

Milton Childs

Roosevelt University

Mira Haddad

The Ohio State University

Donald Hagen

University of Illinois Chicago

Kaitlyn Healy,

University at Buffalo–SUNY

Peter Hiller

University of South Carolina

Haley Morrill

University of New England

Andrea Perez

University of Texas at El Paso

Emerson Rafuse

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences–Boston

Holly Seyler

University of Washington

Michal Stout

University of Texas at Tyler

Tamanna Talwar

University of Colorado

Tazche Turner

UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy

Joshua Wilson

Samford University

Alyssa Woodall

Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

Sarah Zamiela

South College

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