Welcome to the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education website. For over 74 years, AFPE has been committed to supporting pharmaceutical education for the greater good. As a non-profit organization, AFPE relies on donations in order to fund scholarships and grants that are awarded to aspiring and current researchers and academics in the pharmaceutical sciences arena so that they may have the resources necessary to conduct novel research projects that could one day impact the quality of life of the general populace.

Thank you for visiting and learning more about the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education and its rich history.

2017 Pre-Doctoral Fellows

2017 Gateway to Research Scholars

 Our 2017 Brochure is Now Available! Click here for more information about all of our Pre-Doc, Gateway, and First-Year awardees!

Congratulations to AFPE Board member, Lucinda Maine!

Dr. Maine was  recently inducted  into the Alabama Pharmacy Hall of Fame at the Alabama Pharmacy Association’s 136th Annual Convention! Dr. Maine was recognized for her national leadership and contributions as the Executive Vice President and CEO of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. Read more about Maine here.

AFPE Celebrates Gordon Amidon, Our 2017 Mentor of the Year!

Dr. Amidon is the Charles R. Walgreen Jr. Professor of Pharmacy at the University of Michigan. Click here to read more about Dr. Amidon’s mentorship and the impact he has had on his students.


Brandon Lucke-Wolde not only works to improve our health, he is also working to make life better for lab animals. What is SwifTag? Lucke-Wolde, a current AFPE Fellow, alongside two of his peers, are working to develop “SwifTag,” which is “an ear tag that uses state-of-the-art radio frequency identification and a smart phone reader to collect data for animal inventory” and will reduce unnecessary animal handling and chances for human error. Lucke-Wolde and his partners have already received pilot funding for their prototype, and are in the process of filing for a provisional patent and their LLC. Lucke-Wold and his partners have been selected to participate in the semi-finals of Pitch Austin, hosted by the McCombs School of Business during the March 15th South by Southwest Conference. For more information on SwifTag and Pitch Austin, please click here.

For more information on Lucke-Wolde’s other accomplishments, please click here.

Please join us in celebrating AFPE’s Pre-Doc, First Year, and Gateway Fellows in 2016’s  brochure!

Congratulations to Aric Logsdon for his dedication to advancing research in Alzheimer’s disease!

Aric Logsdon continues his dedication to exploring the impact of traumatic brain injury, the topic of his AFPE funded research at West Virginia University. He continues his work in a postdoctoral program at the University of Washington under the mentorship of Drs. William A. Banks and David G. Cook. Dr. Logsdon is working to quantitatively map out the regional and temporal profile of Blood-Brain barrier disruption after blast-induced traumatic brain injury. Disruption of this barrier is considered a risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease, possibly due to the brain’s exposure to neurotoxins after repetitive blast injury.


Aric F. Logsdon, West Virginia University, Pharmaceutical Sciences

Aric F. Logsdon,
West Virginia University,
Pharmaceutical Sciences

 AFPE is excited to celebrate our 2016 Mentor of the Year: UCSF’s Dr. Francis Szoka, at the AACP Conference.

2016 AFPE Fellows

2016 AFPE Gateway Scholars

Calling All Expert Reviewers!

AFPE needs your help.

We rely on subject area experts in the fields of pharmaceutical science and chemistry to make the most accurate assessments of application materials submitted for each award cycle. We are always looking for volunteers willing to share their expertise. If you are interested in becoming an expert reviewer, please contact Sarah Devereaux- Hardimon to assist in our mission of investing in future leaders in pharmaceutical science research and education.


  • Honors and Awards

    2016 Mentor of the Year - Dr. Francis Szoka

    The American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education announces Dr. Francis C. Szoka as the 2016 recipient of Mentor of the Year Award. Dr. Szoka is the founder of Sequus Pharmaceuticals. His research group utilizes chemical, biophysical, and physiological principles to develop new vaccine, drug, and nucleic acid delivery systems. Dr. Szoka’s research group has published over 220 manuscripts, for which they have earned 29 U.S. patents. Dr. Szoka has mentored 28 graduate students and 49 Fellows. His AFPE mentees praise him for his enthusiasm, creativity, and leadership. Read more here! 

    AFPE Fellow Receives Another Prestigious Award!

    AFPE triple awardee (Gateway to Research Scholarship, 2005, AFPE Rho Chi First Year Graduate School Fellowship, 2008, and a Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, 2010 & 2011), Dr. Daniel Hertz, PharmD, PhD, was recently presented the Mentored Clinical Scientists Career Development (MICHR K) award by the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research. This is a two-year award intended to provide protected time for a clinician scientist to focus on conducting clinical research. Dr. Hertz, a Research Assistant Professor of Pharmacy at the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy, specializes in developing tools for individualizing cancer treatments. Congratulations to Dr. Hertz on this impressive accomplishment!

    Honoring Carol Gloff

    Carol Gloff, PhD of Carol Gloff & Associates was honored by the AFPE Board of Directors for her outstanding leadership and service on the AFPE Board of Grants. Dr. Gloff received her AFPE Fellowship in 1981 while she worked with her mentor and distinguished AFPE Fellow, Les Benet, PhD. She has been a valuable component of the AFPE leadership team for many years and has shared her expertise to AFPE’s benefit.

  • Scholars in the News

    Two AFPE Fellows in the News

    Check out two of our Fellows, Lin Ao and Kimberly Carmony, featured by the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy. Both students are recent awardees of the Pre-Doctoral Fellowship in Pharmaceutical Sciences.

    Advocacy in Action with Colin Higgins

    AFPE recently had the pleasure of meeting 2013 Fellow Colin A. Higgins when he visited Capitol Hill as an American Society for Pharmacology and Therapeutics Washington Fellow. This group is selected to meet with their Congressional representatives to impress upon them the importance of federal support for biomedical research on the current generation of scientists, their constituencies at large, and the nation as a whole. He also had the opportunity to interface with health and research policy experts to understand the details of the process and how scientists can best play a role in informing and shaping public discussion about policy issues that affect biomedical research. He would like to settle in California after completing his PhD in 2015.

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    Gateway Scholar Makes Strides in Research

    AAPS – AFPE Gateway Scholar Christy Pickering applies her background in chemical engineering to a research collaboration in chemotherapy with Rusty Arnold, an associate professor in Auburn’s Harrison School of Pharmacy.