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Student Volunteer Program

We are looking for motivated students to volunteer with us at the 2023 PDA Pharmaceutical Microbiology Conference. Learn more about this unique opportunity for students only and apply today!


Why Volunteer?

  • Receive a complimentary registration to this popular conference and take advantage of:
    • Presentations by regulatory and industry professionals
    • Exhibit Hall with the latest tech and poster presentations
    • Networking opportunities
  • Expand your resume with this valuable volunteer opportunity
  • Connect with other students and Early Career Professionals
  • Start building your network with future colleagues and PDA members

Important details:

All volunteers must be current PDA student members. Student Membership is free! You can join at

Each volunteer will be expected to work two of the following half-day shifts. For information on sessions, visit the event page.

  • Monday AM (08:00 - 12:15)
    • P1: Patient Perspective
    • A1: Optimizations in Decontamination and Sterilization (Concurrent Session)
    • B1: Elements of Effective and Robust Microbiology Laboratory Investigations (Concurrent Session)
    • C1: Endotoxins and Pyrogens: Next Generation Testing Platforms (Concurrent Session)
  • Monday PM (13:15 - 17:00)
    • A2: Reflecting on "Microbiology Testing of the Future" (Concurrent Session)
    • B2: Aseptic Manufacturing: Sterile Compounding to BLAs/Biosimilars and Some Regulatory Considerations (Concurrent Session)
    • C2: Endotoxin Masking: Contributing Factors and Mitigation Strategies (Concurrent Session)
    • P2: Connecting the Dots Between Spillover and Disease Emergence
  • Tuesday AM (07:30 - 12:15)
    • Microbiology/Environmental Monitoring Interest Group
    • P3: Critical Thinking in a Regulated Environment
    • A3: Monitoring Efficiencies and Contamination Control Strategies (Concurrent Session)
    • B3: Challenges and Opportunities for Aseptic Processing for Multiple Modalities including ATMPs (Concurrent Session)
  • Tuesday PM (13:15 - 17:45)
    • A4: ATMPs: Translating Bench Development to a Controlled Manufacturing Process (Concurrent Session)
    • B4: Contamination Control in Annex 1: Two Case Studies (Concurrent Session)
    • A5: Avoiding the "Spray and Pray" Approach to Environmental Monitoring (Concurrent Session)
    • B5: On Your Marks, Get Set, Disinfect! (Concurrent Session)
  • Wednesday AM (07:00 - 12:15)
    • Breakfast Session: USP Microbiological Standards
    • P4: Fraud and Deception in Science
    • P5: Ask the Regulators Panel Discussion

If selected, volunteers will receive a complimentary registration. Students will be expected to pay for their travel and accommodations. Review the schedule for meals provided during the event.

Headquarter Hotel: The Grand Hyatt Washington DC
1000 H St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Rate: $309 USD for single/double occupancy, plus state and local taxes
Cut-Off Date: Friday, 01 September (after this date, the discounted PDA rate is no longer guaranteed)
Check-In: 16:00 | Check-Out: 11:00


Further questions? Reach out to Brooke Lustig, the Program Manager for this event, at [email protected].

*PDA Student Members are currently enrolled full-time at an accredited college or university. This member type is not available to individuals also currently employed in the pharmaceutical/biopharmaceutical industry. Please provide proof of full-time enrollment.