|Updates from the Finance Committee|
By Steve Chrzanowki, University of Florida School of Medicine
As the newly elected Chair of APSA’s Finance Committee, I hope to share my great enthusiasm for the opportunities that lie ahead of us in the 2013-2014 academic year. In APSA’s 10th year of existence, we hope to utilize several plans to solidify the financial state of APSA, for both the immediate and long-term future of the organization.
It is my top priority to diversify the sources of funding for APSA. Maintaining funding from the NIH is an important priority. We additionally intend to build off of our NIH funding by seeking other sources of funding. The Burroughs Wellcome Fund has been a generous supporter of APSA, and we look to continue this strong relationship. We also have strong partnerships with other organizations, who support APSA financially as well as by sponsoring speakers and other APSA initiatives. Now that the APSA website is fully functional and highly trafficked, we seek to gain more advertising support.
Institutional Memberships are a unique opportunity for academic centers to provide for their mentees, and is an initiative that has been on the rise for several years. In short, when a university purchases an Institutional Membership, their students are given full membership benefits to APSA, allowing for a more cohesive relationship between the medical center, its students, and APSA. We hope to continue to build upon this already successful initiative.
Lastly, and perhaps most excitingly, we hope to develop relationships with industry. While APSA traditionally has pursued opportunities in academia for its members, it is important to realize the vital role that industry plays in advancing science. We hope that by forming relationships with industry, we will allow APSA members to become more educated about opportunities in industry and allow industry to gain exposure to APSA members.
This upcoming 10th year will be one of the most exciting years for APSA’s Finance Committee, and we look forward to the challenges and rewards of this endeavor. If you would like to be a part of this committee, we encourage you to apply through our application page.