Welcome to the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education website. For over 75 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 will impact the future of healthcare and patient outcomes.

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

ASHP and AFPE are partnering to offer a joint award for research projects which focus on improving health outcomes in hospitals, health systems, and ambulatory care clinics. Applicants to this award who are not selected will automatically be considered for a Pre-Doctoral Award in Pharmaceutical Sciences. The same eligibility requirements and deadlines apply for both awards. The award comes with a $15,000 stipend. Click here to apply. 

The AFPE Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Application is now live. Click here to access Part One.

The AFPE Regional Award is now live. Please click here to view eligibility requirements and apply. 

AFPE Board Member Lucinda Maine moderated the Research America 2019 National Health Research Forum “Women Researchers Leading Discovery” panel.

AFPE Board Members Lucinda Maine, David Allen, and Todd Sorensen Collaborate in Public Health Campaign to Educate Patients about Vaccination.

Pharmacists for Healthier Lives (PfHL) has launched a new campaign aimed at educating the public on the importance of immunizations to maintain a healthy population. The organization aims to raise the profile of pharmacy as an essential health care profession in the industry.

The launch of the campaign comes just in time for back to school season, during a time in which public misinformation about the safety of vaccines has become prevalent. PfHL maintains their stance on the public receiving vaccinations, encouraging every eligible person to get them and to speak with their pharmacist to get the right facts about vaccines, according to the organization. Click here to read more.

Immunizations: The Whole Picture from AACP on Vimeo.

Dr. Todd Sorensen on the Importance of Immunizations from AACP on Vimeo.

Dr. Lucinda Maine on the Importance of Immunizations from AACP on Vimeo.

Dr. David Allen on the Importance of Immunizations from AACP on Vimeo.

The 2019-2020 Brochure is available now. Click here to view a digital copy. 


Rache Carley FDA Poster (1)

AFPE Gateway Awardee Rachel Carley recently spent six weeks researching at the FDA, and was awarded the 2019 University of Rhode Island Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Excellence Award in the Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Engineering. Click here to read more about Rachel’s research.

Congratulations to Kimberly B. Garza, AFPE’s 2019 William M. Heller Mentor of the Year! 


The William M. Heller Mentor of the Year Award recognizes faculty who are nominated by their students and colleagues, for their guidance, dedication, leadership, instruction, and encouragement. Kimberly B. Garza, PharmD, MBA, PhD is an Associate Professor and Graduate Program Officer in the Department of Health Outcomes Research and Policy at Auburn University’s Harrison School of Pharmacy. Dr. Garza’s research involves the application of behavioral economic theory to study cardioprotective health behaviors, including medication adherence, diet, and physical activity. Specifically, she studies incentive systems that help individuals overcome present-biased preferences in order to engage in and maintain preventive health behaviors. Upon hearing of her selection as the 2019 Mentor of the Year, Dr. Garza wrote: “I left a career in clinical pharmacy practice to become a faculty member because of my strong passion for graduate education and student mentoring. The most rewarding part of my job is to see students succeed in their studies and later in their careers. Being there to guide students through the challenges of graduate school and helping them to thrive in our program is so fulfilling to me.                 

 To read more about Dr. Garza and her impact as a mentor, please click here and here. 


Dr. Paul B. Myrdal Memorial Fund

This year, the Dr. Paul B. Myrdal Memorial Fund for Pharmaceutical Education in Pharmaceutics will fund two pre-doctoral students: Brianna Cote and Andrew Zhou. Click here to read more about Dr. Myrdal, Brianna Cote, and Andrew Zhou.


Lucinda Maine Awarded Remington Award

Congratulations to Lucinda Maine, AFPE Board Member, and AACP Executive Vice President and CEO for receiving the prestigious Remington Award. The Remington is the highest honor in the Pharmaceutical Science Profession.


AFPE is excited to welcome ASHP Past President Christene M. Jolowsky, M.S., FASHP to our Board of Directors. Click here to read more about Jolowsky.

Where They Are Now: Drs. Kerry and Phil Empey

AFPE fellows, University and Pittsburgh professors, and married couple, Dr. Kerry Empey and Dr. Phil Empey are making huge contributions to healthcare and patient outcomes. Dr. Kerry Empey is researching maternal and infant RSV vaccination and Dr. Phil Empey is leading the Pharmacogenomics Center of Excellence in the School of Pharmacy at the University of Pittsburgh, where genetic testing is used to optimize drug therapy outcomes. Click here to read more about the Empey’s and their groundbreaking research!

Biosimilar Information

For important information on biosimilars from the Association for Accessible Medicines, click here.

AFPE Pre-Doctoral Fellow, Larry Rodriguez, is a student at the University of Southern California. Alongside his mentor, Dr. Daryl Davies, Larry Rodriguez is researching “The Role of P2X4 Receptors within the Mesolimbic Pathway in Dopamine Signaling and Disease.” In the video below, Rodriguez explains his research in greater detail.

Larry Rodriguez – Suppressing receptor function in the brain ex vivo using CRISPR/CAS from USC School of Pharmacy on Vimeo.

Click here to view the 2018 Funded Research, Fellows, and Scholars Brochure.

Current Fellow Profile


Emily Plyler, a graduate student at Northeast Ohio Medical University is researching “Identifying Novel Targets to Ameliorate Amyloid-Induced Neuroinflammation in the Retinal Projection” with her mentor, Dr. Samuel Crish. Read more here. 

2018 Mentor of the Year: Kathleen Giacomini

Congratulations to UCSF Professor, Kathleen Giacomini on being awarded the AFPE William M. Heller Mentor of the Year Award. Click here to read more about Dr. Giacomini.


2018 Pre-Doctoral Fellows

2018 Gateway Scholars

Current Fellow Profiles

Robin Bogner and Lauren Fontana in Bogner Lab

AFPE Pre-Doctoral Fellow, Lauren Fontana, says that her Fellowship allows her to: “ focus on my research goals, allowing latitude in defining my research direction. In addition, networking with previous pre-doctoral fellows has enhanced my career trajectory.” Read more about Fontana and her research here.

Tyler Ackley credit to Tina Encarnacion UConn Health

Tyler Ackley, a student in the UConn School of Pharmacy, works in a lab at UConn Health. (Tina Encarnacion/UConn Health photo)

Tyler Ackley, a 4th-year Pharmacy student at the University of Connecticut, and a 2018-2019 Gateway Scholar is focusing on the changes in cellular signaling that occur during Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) disease progression. RA is a chronic, inflammatory disease characterized by immune cell induction and subsequent degradation of joint tissues. This autoimmune attack of the joint space leads to irreparable damage, lifelong pain, and diminished mobility. Like many other autoimmune diseases, RA is thought to be due to the multifactorial effects of underlying genetics, environmental triggers, and various regulatory genes. Read more about Ackley and his research here.

Ashley Crumby, a University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy graduate student, was named a recipient of the Pre-Doctoral Fellowship in Pharmaceutical Sciences given by the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education.

Crumby will use her fellowship to continue research for her dissertation entitled “Valuation of mentorship in pharmacy education and the impact of perceived involvement,” as she measures the value student pharmacists place on mentorship.

Ashley Crumby

“This opportunity will help support the importance of mentorship research,” Crumby said. “I would love to continue this type of research in my future career and apply it to a position in which I could potentially develop and implement mentorship programs at schools.”

Read more about Crumby and her research here.

AFPE announces the Pre-Doctoral Award in Health Outcome Disparities

AFPE is excited to announce a new designated fellowship for a pre-doctoral student whose research focuses on either a disease area which disproportionately impacts underserved populations, or whose research focuses on reducing healthcare disparities and improving health outcomes for underserved populations in the United States. Examples of this research could include: sickle-cell anemia, asthma, HIV/AIDS, maternal and infant mortality, access to medication, etc.

Applicants to this award who are not selected will automatically be considered for a Pre-Doctoral Award in Pharmaceutical Sciences. The same eligibility requirements and deadlines apply for both awards.