The Young Scientist Committee (YSC) is made up of various talented and dedicated committee members worldwide.
My name is Ruth Schmid. I am a Chief Business Developer at SINTEF, Scandinavia’s largest independent research institute and I am the 2012-2013 Secretary of CRS. My main research areas are nano- and microparticles and -capsules for various applications, especially for delivery of many different actives. Another area is surface modifications to introduce intended and smart properties.
When I was the board liaison of the Young Scientist Committee of CRS, I had the possibility to work together with a very active committee, which takes care of the young scientists in our organization. The committee members are enthusiastic, engaged and very professional and show a high commitment to arrange various tailor-made activities for young scientists at the annual meeting and to assure year-around communication to this important group of our members. I really appreciated the enthusiasm in every committee meeting and the commitment of each committee member.
My name is Jinhwa Chun and I am undergraduate student researcher at Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, California working for Professor Lape on transdermal research. I attended the 2010 CRS Annual Conference and Exposition in Portland, Oregan.
As an undergraduate student researcher, it is sometimes hard to take full advantage of professional conferences as my scientific knowledge in controlled and novel release is just developing and I lack the technical background in some areas. In addition, students like myself are often not familiar with the environment of conferences and searching for the right person to talk to can be difficult.
The CRS Young Scientist program really benefited me because it provided lots of support and encouragement from professionals in the field. I am grateful that the CRS is providing such a valuable opportunity to young scientists through various programs such as mentorship and leadership workshops. I believe education is the biggest investment in any field and essential for future progress. The CRS Young Scientists program definitely paves the way for that progress by supporting, encouraging, and motivating young scientists who, in turn, will support, encourage, and motivate the following generation.
My name is Hamdy Abdelkader and I am a PhD student at the School of Pharmacy, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand. I work on ocular delivery systems for the opioid growth factor antagonist, naltrexone hydrochloride, for treatment of diabetic keratopathy. My principal supervisor is Prof. Raid Alany. I attended the 2010 CRS Annual Meeting and Exposition in Portland, Oregon, USA. This was my first time to attend such a big international conference. I would like to say that I have learned a lot from the CRS Young Scientist Workshops. The workshops presented numerous case studies in different areas of pharmaceutical technology by distinguished speakers from academia and industry. Such exposure is really helpful for my research career development. Also, I am grateful to the Mentor-Protégé program, as this gave me the opportunity to network with senior scientists in my field. I strongly agree that the CRS Young Scientist programs provide good opportunities for newcomers, like myself, to learn, network and develop their research career.