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Student Activities Committee

The goal of SAC is to bring all attendees of the American Peptide Symposium together by encouraging active participation in symposium events and working as a community to ensure a successful meeting that benefits all who attend.

SAC is generally comprised of 2-3 professional-level co-chairs and 7-8 students and postdocs, and is responsible for organizing the following events at the APS:

The Schram Young Investigator Competition – oral and poster
 The Student Mixer
 The Dr. Elizabeth Schram Networking Lunch

The students that serve on SAC assist in all of these events providing support by way of:

 Assisting judges during the poster judging competition; helping to assemble the teams; hand out/collect poster judging packets
 Attending the student mixer and mingling with students to promote discussions
 Attending the Dr. Elizabeth Schram networking lunch and helping to organize attendees as well as network with professional attendees
 Acting as general support for the meeting, especially for the student and post-doctoral attendees.

For their participation, students get recognition on the website and at the awards ceremony. One of the biggest benefits of serving on SAC is the ample opportunity to network which has long-lasting benefits.

Do You Want to Participate?

Students and professionals that are interested in participating in SAC should contact the SAC co-chairs, below.

SAC Co Chairs

Emel Adaligil


Councilor, SAC Co Chair
Senior Scientific Manager

Michael Bertucci


Councilor, SAC Co Chair
Assistant Professor
Lafayette College

James Checco


SAC Co Chair
Assistant Professor
University of Nebraska - Lincoln

2023 APS Student Activities Committee

Carly Schissel, Postdoc, Yale
Othman Al Musaimi, Postdoc, Imperial College, London
Prabhat Bhat, Grad, OSU
Olamilekan Joseph Ibukun, Grad, Indian Institute of Sci Ed & Res
Sagar Bhattacharya, Grad, Syracuse
Mona Mehrani, Grad, UNR
Marie Shimogawa, Grad, UPenn

ESCOM Science Foundation


ESCOM Science Foundation, founded by Dr. Bert L. Schram and Dr. Elizabeth Schram and currently chaired by Mr. Johan Elgersma, has kindly sponsored the awards given for the Young Investigator Poster and Oral Presentation Competitions. In addition, the Foundation also sponsors the Dr. Elizabeth Schram Young Scientists’ Lunch and Mixer. The American Peptide Society acknowledges this generous contribution, which supports the development and promotion of young aspiring researchers in peptide science, with our special thanks.

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