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AACR awards scholarships for minority and underrepresented scientists

PHILADELPHIA -- 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 6,200 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's 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 75 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 will receive complimentary registration, travel expenses, and a subsistence stipend to participate in the Annual Meeting. During the meeting they will attend sc
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  • Contact: Yarissa Ortiz
    ortiz@aacr.org
    215-440-9300
    American Association for Cancer Research
    4-Apr-2005


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