SAS Section - Summer Research Exchange Mentorship Program

Student pharmacist researchers in lab.

AACP Social and Administrative Sciences (SAS) Section

2024 Program Student Application Now Open

The AACP Social and Administrative Sciences (SAS) Section Summer Research Exchange Mentorship Program application cycle for 2024 is now open. A list of 2024 projects can be found below. The program is intended to foster interest in research and SAS-related graduate education among student pharmacists and is open to current/upcoming P1-P3 students. 

Program Components and Application Criteria
  • Student participants will complete an 8 to 12-week summer research experience between May 1st and August 30th with a SAS faculty member outside their home institution, building their professional network and skills for residency, fellowship, and further graduate studies.
  • The program this year will be virtual.
  • Students who will begin P4 rotations during Summer 2024 are not eligible to apply.
  • Applications undergo a review process and students are selected for the program and matched with a research mentor outside their home institution on a competitive basis.

For the 2024 program, the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education will once again be offering $2,500 scholarships for 5 especially meritorious applications to support student pharmacists as they pursue research with host mentors outside of their home institutions. Not all students admitted to the exchange program will receive a scholarship. The number of students admitted to the program is limited by the number of research mentors available. Each year, a cohort of approximately 20-30 students is admitted into the program; of these students, 5 are selected to receive the AFPE scholarship based on merit. 

Students considering applying to the exchange program should be prepared to commit approximately one hour per week to meeting virtually with their research mentor, with additional time allocated to completion of research activities at the discretion of the mentor. Although not required, the majority of students go on to present the results of their summer projects at national conferences. A final report describing the summer research activities is required for all students. 

Interested students should complete the program application and upload a copy of their Curriculum Vitae (CV). One letter of recommendation from a home school mentor/advisor is also required; mentors will be contacted with instructions for uploading their letter upon submission of a complete application. The application and all materials must be submitted by April 15, 2024.  Program and award decisions will be sent out in early May 2024.

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2024 Project List
Research Mentor and Institution Max. No. Students Program Duration Dates Brief Description of Project(s)
Prashant Sakharkar, Larkin University  2 8 weeks 5/1 - 7/31 (1) Conducting a systematic review/meta-analysis. (2) Assessing clinical/health outcomes in patients with chronic diseases using publicly available epidemiological or claims databases. (3) Performing economic evaluation of drugs/therapies. (4) Performing health policy evaluation.
Meagen Rosenthal, University of Mississippi 2 8 weeks 6/1 - 7/31 Data collection for a survey to examine financial threat to independent community pharmacies in rural spaces; also open to working with students on additional small projects they would be interested in pursuing.
Ruth Jeminiwa, Thomas Jefferson University 2 12 weeks 5/20 - 8/12 Review of telehealth utilization and impact in developing countries. Student will be involved in literature searches and study selection.
Qian Ding, Ferris State University 2 12 weeks 5/15 - 8/7 (1) Explore the medication safety of multi-dose packages in nursing homes. (2) Compare the multi-dose packages and identify the risk factors regarding to the packaging design.
Lindsey Hohmann, Auburn University  3 8 weeks 6/1 - 7/31 Systematic literature review on over-the-counter naloxone and fentanyl test strips as opioid harm reduction measures in pharmacy settings.
Jagdish C. Joshi, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine 3 12 weeks 6/1 - 7/31 Writing literature reviews and papers related to: (1) Cognitive and behavioral changes and downstream signaling in COPD disease. (2) Collateral lung growth and regeneration following pneumonectomy.
Fatimah Sherbeny, Florida A&M University 3 Flexible Flexible Secondary data analysis using national level databases.
Natalie Hohmann, Auburn University  3 8 weeks 6/1 - 7/31 Develop a survey for dementia caregivers or providers on what they would be willing to share in a dementia registry online.
Abby A. Kahaleh, South University  2 12  weeks 6/1 - 8/31 Systematic literature review on student's topic of choice related to public health.
Nate Rickles, University of Connecticut 2 12 weeks 6/1 - 8/30 (1) Project focused on medication adherence and personality relationships.(2) Project related to substance use prevention in the community. (3) Involvement in an FDA project related to opioid packaging and its impact on prescribing, dispensing, and use outcomes. (4) Additional projects such as the impact of long-acting injectable medications for mental health conditions.
The scholarship recipients for 2023 were:
  • Ange Lu, University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy – host mentor Ruth Jeminwa, Thomas Jefferson University  
  • Erin Blythe, Auburn University Harrison College of Pharmacy – host mentor Delesha Carpenter, UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy 
  • Daija Drain, University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy – host mentor Fatimah Sakharkar, Florida A&M University 
  • Cassidy Evans, University of Rhode Island – host mentor Natalie Hohmann, Auburn University Harrison College of Pharmacy 
  • Mason Reed, Auburn University Harrison College of Pharmacy – host mentor Qian Ding, Ferris State University