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May 15 2023

Aspiring Academics Program — Application Now Open

May 15, 2023

12:00 AM - 10:00 PM

AACP is pleased to announce the launch of Aspiring Academics, a new program for current pharmacy students who are interested in becoming future faculty!


Students must submit a completed application to the Aspiring Academics program by May 15, 2023.


The goal of the program is to strengthen the students' understanding of and commitment to a career in academic pharmacy. Twenty (20) student-faculty pairs will be selected to participate in a hybrid longitudinal program between August 2023 and July 2024. Most program components will be delivered online and culminate at the 2024 AACP Annual Meeting and Teachers' Seminar in Boston. Students will develop a network of peers and learn from a faculty mentor at their own institution (the home mentor), and one assigned by AACP (the AACP group mentor). Participants will view and discuss 3 online modules and develop a group poster to showcase what they have learned.


All eligible students are invited to apply. Eligible students must be enrolled in a Pharm.D. program at a member school during the 2023-2024 (upcoming) Academic Year with one of the following statuses:

  • P3 Pharm.D. student in a 4-year program,
  • P2 Pharm.D. student in an accelerated 3-year program, OR
  • P5 (out of P6) student in a 0-6 program.


No more than one student will be accepted per institution. The college or school of pharmacy must agree in advance to cover the student's travel expenses for the 2024 AACP Annual Meeting and Teachers' Seminar, if accepted. AACP will waive the meeting registration fees for these students. Mentors are also required to attend and are responsible for their travel and meeting registration fees.


The AACP Aspiring Academics (AAA) program differs from the (discontinued) Walmart Scholars program because it offers a virtual, year-long program in addition to programming at the AACP Annual Meeting. The mentorship model has been expanded to include a new AACP group mentor from a different college of pharmacy who will facilitate the virtual peer group discussions. Students will learn about pharmacy academia via three online modules and guided reflections with both types of mentors. Additionally, students will develop a group poster and present it at the 2024 Annual Meeting.



Please help us promote the program to your students who may be interested and contact AACP staff at with questions.


Date posted

Mar 17, 2023

Date updated

Mar 17, 2023