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Graduate Student Organizations

Participating in student groups is a great way to socialize, network and build your leadership skills.



American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Student Chapter

Located in College of Pharmacy, AAPS UIC Student Chapter hopes to encourage students within the University who are interested in the pharmaceutical sciences, particularly in AAPS activities, to join. Student members of our student chapter work in various fields of the pharmaceutical sciences comprising pharmaceutics, pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, pharmacogenomics, toxicology, pharmacology, medicinal chemistry, molecular biology, pharmacy practice etc. 
Chair: Karina Esparza
Faculty Advisor: Richard Gemeinhart, PhD


Controlled Release Society (CRS) – Illinois Student Chapter

CRS is the international, multidisciplinary society dedicated to the science and technology of delivering bioactives. Two-thirds of the CRS membership represents industry and one-third represents academia and government. The CRS-IL Student Chapter was set up with the goal to foster and enhance the exchange of ideas among students and scientists alike, who are interested in the broad area of controlled drug release and related fields. The Chapter has been awarded "The Outstanding Student Chapter of the Year Award" for the year 2010 from CRS. The chapter organizes annual symposiums at UIC, as well as hosts social events and sponsors special seminars.
President: Karina Esparza
Faculty Advisor: Richard Gemeinhart, PhD


International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) Student Chapter

The goal of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) is to promote excellence in the fields of pharmacoeconomics (health economics) and outcomes research (the scientific discipline that evaluates the effect of health care interventions on patient well-being including clinical, economic, and patient-centered outcomes). Established in 2003, the UIC Student Chapter has been recognized with the ISPOR Outstanding Student Chapter Award (2014), and has taken first place in past ISPOR Student Research Competitions. The chapter is dedicated to providing an environment where students can share knowledge in pharmacoeconomics and outcomes research, and to provide opportunities for students to network with and learn from professionals in the field, including industry, government and academia.
President: Ruixuan Jiang
Faculty Advisor:  Simon A. Pickard, PhD


Student Chapter of the International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology (ISPE) at UIC

The Department of Pharmacy Systems, Outcomes and Policy (PSOP) of the College of Pharmacy has formed a Student Chapter of the International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology (ISPE) at UIC. ISPE is a non-profit, international professional organization dedicated to advancing public health by serving as a forum for exchange of scientific information and for development of policy, educational programs, and advocacy for the discipline of pharmacoepidemiology.  UIC joins the University of North Carolina, Harvard, John Hopkins, and seven other US and four international universities with Student Chapters of ISPE. An ISPE Student Chapter provides a platform for students to participate in online seminars, network, and develop leadership skills through organization of chapter activities.
President: Sruthi Adimadhyam
Faculty Advisor: Gregory Calip, PharmD, MPH, PhD

UIC Chapter for the National Science Policy Group (NSPG)

The UIC Chapter of NSPG is a group of graduate students, postdocs, and young researchers interested in policy. The group meets on the third Thursday of each month at 2 pm in the College of Pharmacy room 437 to discuss science policy current events, issues, and career paths.  The group also plans to organize policy related events to provide opportunities to participate and gain experience in science policy.  If you would like more information about the group, please contact Alyssa Tonsing-Carter.

UIC Consulting Club (UICCC)

A group of graduate students and postdocs are staring the UICCC to help students and postdocs interested in consulting careers. This will provide valuable leadership experience and an exclusive opportunity to network with consultants. UICCC is also looking for volunteers to serve on its executive board. If you would like to be part of UICCC, e-mail

COP Graduate Student Committee

The COP Graduate Student Committee includes representatives from all graduate programs in the College.  The Committee members keep the College's leadership informed about issues important to the students and participate in planning of  two large college-wide events:  Research Day and Pharmapalooza Picnic.  If you are interested in serving on the COP Graduate Student Committee, contact your representative or Director of Graduate Studies.

Current Graduate Student Committee Members

Catherine Dial (BPS)

Monica Sheinin (BPS)

Lauren Gutgesell (MCP)

Melissa Galey (MCP)

Ryan Hitzman (CBS)

Julia Austin (MCP)

Ruixuan Jiang (PSOP)