Distinguished Pharmaceutical Scientist

Distinguished Pharmaceutical Scientist Award



AAPS’ highest-ranking award, the Distinguished Scientist Award, is a lifetime achievement that recognizes an individual who has made substantial contributions to the pharmaceutical sciences that have had a lasting impact. The focus of those achievements is research and advancement of science.


AAPS’ Distinguished Scientists are individuals who have worked for many years in a given research area, developing a body of work over their lifetime. Evidence of this achievement is demonstrated with significant publications in peer-reviewed journals and posters; completed patent applications; published white papers; and other materials that, taken together, describe a lifetime of significant work. Although not a requirement, many AAPS Distinguished Scientists are already AAPS Fellows at the time of their award.

Number Presented Annually: 1

Presentation: PharmSci 360 opening general session or similar


  • Award plaque
  • Up to 4 complimentary hotel nights in the hotel of AAPS’ choosing
  • Reimbursement for flight costs up to $750 domestic or $1,200 international (Recipient must comply with AAPS’ travel policy for expenses to be eligible for reimbursement)
  • Complimentary registration at PharmSci 360 for three years beginning with year of receipt

Expectations for Recipient:

Recipients must attend PharmSci 360 and participate in the Awards Program presentation to accept this honor. They are also expected to make themselves available to help celebrate the presentation, which may include giving interviews and making presentations as requested by AAPS before, during, and after PharmSci 360. Potential recipients who cannot accommodate these expectations should not apply.


Nomination Type: Self, peer, or committee of peers

Qualifications for Nomination:

  • Member of AAPS for at least 3 consecutive years
  • AAPS member at time of nomination
  • 15 or more years working in pharmaceutical sciences as documented in a Curriculum Vitae or résumé

Enterprise-level AAPS award recipients will not be considered for additional enterprise-level awards in consecutive years

Nomination Package:

  • Curriculum Vitae/résumé
  • 2-3 letters of recommendation
  • Short written statement from nominator
  • 2-5 minute video of nominee giving a statement on the importance of their work to developing products and therapies that improve global health

Selection Committee:

  • AAPS Awards Committee Chair or designate
  • 3 members of the AAPS Awards Committee
  • 1 AAPS Fellow
  • 1 prior recipient of the award
  • 1 member volunteer recruited using an open-call process for those who meet requirements specified by the Awards Committee chair

Selection Process:

The Awards Committee will consider the following:

  • Scientific research and impact on the scientific field, technology, and/or products
  • Quality of publications/citations
  • Contributions to the pharmaceutical sciences through reviews, white papers, etc.
  • National/international awards
  • Elevation to AAPS Fellow