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AACR awards scholarships to minority and underrepresented scientists

Three Scholar Awards programs, sponsored by the American Association for Cancer Research, will provide scientists traditionally underrepresented in cancer research with financial support to participate in the premier international meeting in the field. The AACR Annual Meeting draws more than 15,000 clinical oncologists, basic scientists, epidemiologists and translational researchers from around the world to discuss the latest findings and most significant information in laboratory, translational and clinical cancer research. More than 5,500 scientific abstracts will be presented this year.

"The AACR maintains a strong commitment to enhancing the educational and training opportunities available to the next generation of cancer researchers,"said Margaret Foti, Ph.D., M.D. (h.c.), AACR chief executive officer.

"Our primary mission is to promote the exchange of knowledge and new ideas among the scientists on the front lines of the quest for the prevention and cure of cancer," Foti added. "These awards seek to improve the inclusiveness of cancer research, so that no pool of potential talent goes untapped."

  • The AACR-Minority Scholar Awards in Cancer Research go to full-time graduate- or medical students, residents, clinical or postdoctoral fellows, or junior faculty members. Criteria for candidacy include the stipulation that the applicant fit the National Cancer Institute definition of groups traditionally underrepresented in cancer and biomedical research: African Americans, Alaskan Natives, Hispanics, Native Americans, and Native Pacific Islanders. The 65 early-career scientists who won the awards this year were selected on the basis of their qualifications, references from mentors, and an estimation of the potential professional benefit to the awardees. They are entitled to apply for support to attend an AACR Special Conference, as well as receiving complementary registration, travel expenses and a subsistence stipend to p
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Contact: Warren Froelich
froelich@aacr.org
215-440-9300
American Association for Cancer Research
9-Mar-2004


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