Students, Trainees & Early-stage Professionals

Student, Trainee & Early-stage Professional (STEP) membership and participation in ACCP’s Annual Meeting are strongly encouraged and are beneficial on several levels: 

  • Substantially-discounted registration fees for the Annual Meeting and free or discounted fees to other educational courses on cutting-edge, relevant topics related to clinical pharmacology and the optimal use of therapeutics. These interactions provide Students, Trainees & Early-stage Professionals with access to a forum for new scientific ideas and healthcare professionals of various disciplines meeting to discuss areas of common interest.

  • ACCP Student Abstract Awards Program is designed to recognize outstanding research abstracts submitted by Students & Trainees at the Annual Meeting. Each award consists of a certificate, a $1,000 honorarium, a complimentary Annual Meeting registration and an invitation to the Board of Regents Dinner at the Annual Meeting. Previous Student Award Winners

  • From the pool of Student Abstract Award winners, one is selected to receive the Wayne A. Colburn Memorial Award, as judged by the Program Committee during the Poster Sessions at the Annual Meeting. The winner of the Wayne A. Colburn Memorial Award will also receive a plaque and an additional honorarium of $500. At the time the award is presented, the author will be asked to give a 5 – 10 minute presentation, using 2 – 3 slides, outlining the results. Previous Wayne A. Colburn Memorial Award Winners

  • New in 2018, ACCP is sponsoring the ACCP/ISoP Special Interest Group (SIG) Student Abstract Award. The SIG identifies areas of submission that are consistent with its focus and Student & Trainee abstracts within those areas are reviewed and scored by SIG Leadership. The top scoring Student abstract is the recipient of the ACCP/ISoP Student Abstract Award, which includes complimentary 3-Day registration to the ACCP Annual Meeting, a $500 honorarium, an award and an invitation to the Regents & Awards Dinner. ACCP/ISoP SIG Student Abstract Award Winner.

Student, Trainee & Early-stage Professional-specific Courses

In conjunction with the Student, Trainee & Early-stage Professional Committee, ACCP has planned a series of courses to enhance the professional growth of Students, Trainees & Early-stage Professionals. These courses are provided at no cost to Annual Meeting attendees, we simply ask that you RSVP when ACCP contacts you about participating so we hold a place for you! 

  • Student, Trainee & Early-stage Professional (STEP) Welcome Breakfast - All STEP attendees are invited to a welcome breakfast with ACCP Mentors. This higher access to ACCP leadership over breakfast and a sit-down roundtable session provides an intimate opportunity to discuss career guidance, educational options, opportunities for further involvement in ACCP, how to subsequently grow in the organization throughout their careers and any other topics of concern.   

  • Panel Discussion on Career Guidance – A select group of ACCP Mentors whose careers have spanned various settings and disciplines within the field of clinical pharmacology will share their experiences and answer your questions in a relaxed, intimate atmosphere. If you are considering a career that includes any combination of academia, industry, regulatory or clinical roles, don’t miss this opportunity to hear what the experts have to say about how their own career paths progressed and what guidance they can provide to ensure your personal success!

  • STEP Networking Reception – After the Panel Discussion, join us for the STEP Networking Reception where you can interact on a more personal level with Panel Discussion speakers and other ACCP Mentors to ask the burning questions that will help you make decisions about your future. 

  • Podium Presentations – Immediately following the Networking Reception, a select number of Student & Trainee Abstract Award winners will present their research in a Podium Presentation to an audience of Annual Meeting attendees. Support your colleagues by being a part of this important event.   

  • Send Us Your CV for a Review! Give your CV impact!  Submit your CV to by September 1st for a review and suggestions by ACCP Mentors. Students, Trainees & Early-stage Professionals attending the Annual Meeting and wishing to discuss their CV in person with a Mentor should note such when submitting the CV. Arrangements may be made through for anyone wishing to meet live with a Mentor during the Annual Meeting.

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The Student, Trainee & Early-stage Professional (STEP) Committee, co-chaired by Kacey Anderson, PhD and Oliver Grundmann, PhD, MS, MEd, is critical in providing guidance regarding Student, Trainee & Early-stage Professional needs and ensuring that those needs are consistently met by ACCP. The committee is comprised of Student Members, Members and Fellows and focuses on STEP-related activities at the Annual Meeting and provides guidance on programs, new and old, required to effectively support Students, Trainees & Early-stage Professionals. Have a great idea? Please share it with us at


 Kacey Anderson, PhD    Oliver Grundmann, PhD, MS, MEd