APhA-ASP Innovative Programming Award


The APhA–ASP Innovative Programming Award was adapted to allow chapters to share creative ideas implemented in their chapters and learn from other schools across the country. The award emphasizes APhA-ASP's mission to provide opportunities for professional growth and improve patient care while advancing the future of pharmacy. Students have the opportunity to practice presentation skills, highlight their chapter’s innovation, network and learn from students across the country, and implement creative ideas in their chapters.

Chapters may present a single activity or a series of activities based on a central theme that is original, creative, and sets their chapter apart from all other APhA‐ASP chapters. Innovative programs may include patient care and community service projects (not including national patient care projects), community outreach, American Pharmacists Month, fundraisers, membership recruitment, change in leadership structure/meeting structure, etc.

Any event pertaining to Operation Diabetes, Operation Heart, Operation Immunization, Operation Reproductive Health, Operation OTC Medicine Safety, or Operation Substance Use Disorders cannot be used for this award because they are already recognized as national awards. Additionally, PharmFlix submissions cannot be utilized.

All innovative programming must have been completed between September 2021 to September 2023, and only events that have been accomplished and implemented can be reported on.Chapters may not re-submit a topic that was submitted for last year's competition.

2022-2023 Innovative Programming Award Recipient

University of Wisconsin - Madison : Conference on Conferences

Congratulations to the University of Wisconsin - Madison for being the 2022-2023 Innovative Programming Award Recipient. Check out the video above as they go through their innovative topic, Conference on Conferences, share the impact it had on their Chapter, and provide tips for how you can incorporate this idea at your Chapter.

Award Phases

Regional Phase

Chapters will present their Innovative Programming Poster at the Virtual Poster Showcase on Thursday, November 2, 2023. A regional winner will be selected for each region and will be voted on by the chapter delegates on Sunday, November 5, 2023, of the Midyear Regional Meeting (MRM).

Poster presenters are required to attend the Midyear Regional Meeting (MRM) in one of the three available formats (onsite, on-campus or online) in order to participate. More information regarding MRM can be accessed here.

Each regional winning chapter will receive two commentary registrations for APhA2024.

On Thursday, November 2 join us for the virtual showcase where you can interact with Chapters to learn more about their innovative ideas. Use the links below to register for the Virtual Showcase on Thursday, November 2, 2023.

  • Click here to register for Regions 1, 2, 3, & 4.
  • Click here to register for Regions 5, 6, 7 & 8.

View the Regional Posters

National Phase

The eight regional winning chapters will present their posters as well as give a formal presentation on their innovative topic at the APhA Annual Meeting & Exposition (APhA2024) in Orlando, Florida, happening March 22-25, 2024.  The national winner will be voted on by a selection committee and announced at the final APhA-ASP House of Delegates session.

View the National Posters

Submission Requirements

Poster Requirements

Participating schools/colleges of pharmacy will design a poster detailing their innovative programming topic . A PDF of the poster and link to the video will be uploaded to the website prior to the virtual poster showcase.

Once the poster is created, a PowerPoint and PDF version of your Chapter's poster must be submitted by Sunday, October 15, 2023

Innovative Programming Poster Template

Optional Video Requirements

Chapters have the option of submitting a video as well as the PDF of the poster. There is no penalty for not submitting a video.

  • 2 minutes maximum
  • Submit a link to the video. Do not submit the video file as we cannot upload the video file to the website.
  • All video platforms are accepted (YouTube, DropBox, etc.), but it is the responsibility of the chapter to ensure the link works for the public.
  • Feel free to share your screen to talk through your poster, create a brief presentation, or record students explaining the programming.

Innovative Programming Timeline

October 6, 2023 – Submit Innovative Programming Topic/Idea

Prior to the Virtual Poster Symposium, chapters are required to submit the title and a fifty-word description of their innovative programming topic.  Information must be submitted by October 6, 2023.

Innovative Programming Topic Submission Form
October 15, 2023 – Submit Poster PDF and Optional Video Link

The deadline to submit your chapter’s virtual poster (PDF) and optional video link is the Sunday, October 15, 2023.

Innovative Programming Poster Template
November 2, 2023 - Virtual Poster Showcase and Regional Winner Selection

Chapters should view posters from the Chapters in their region prior to the Midyear Regional Meeting. Chapters will also have the opportunity to view the posters and ask the presenters questions during the Virtual Poster Showcase on Thursday, November 2, 2023.

Each chapter delegate will vote on the most innovative topic, and the regional winner will be announced during the Closing Business sessions on Sunday, November 5, 2023 of the Midyear Regional Meeting.

APhA2024 – Innovative Programming Presentations and National Winner Selection

At APhA2024 the eight regional winners will present their posters before the Open General Session and Awards Ceremony. Additionally, there will be a formal presentation as part of the national component for the Innovative Programming Award.

Presenting chapters will choose two-chapter members to represent their school and share the objective, planning, implementation, and outcomes of the programming​ in a detailed presentation. This session will be open to all attendees, and there will be a Q&A with a selection committee following the presentation. The selection committee will determine the winning chapter.

The national award recipient will be announced during the final APhA-ASP House of Delegates session at APhA2024.  The winning chapter will receive a monetary prize, plaque, and Student Pharmacist Magazine feature.

APhA Staff

Elise Damman, PharmD, CHWC
Associate Director, Student Development

Midyear Regional Meetings (MRM)

For more information and to register for this year’s Midyear Regional Meetings (MRM) visit


For more information and to register for APhA2024 visit the APhA Annual Meeting and Exposition home page.


The deadline to submit your chapter’s idea for the Innovative Programming Award is Friday, October 6, 2023.

The deadline to submit your poster is Sunday, October 15, 2023.

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