Tomorrow's cancer researchers to attend the 97th Annual Meeting

To provide some enlightenment about cancer research as a career option, the American Association for Cancer Research will host a series of special programs for young scientists at the 97th Annual Meeting: the AACR-Thomas J. Bardos Science Education Awards for Undergraduate Students, the Undergraduate Student Caucus, and the AACR Special Program for High School Students. This year’s Annual Meeting will take place April 1-5 at the Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C.

The programs are organized by the AACR Science Education Committee and are designed to give students the opportunity to network with each other and leaders in the field of cancer research.

Twenty-one undergraduate students will come to Washington, D.C. as recipients of the AACR-Thomas J. Bardos Science Education Awards. The students include 10 winners from 2006-2007, along with 11 winners from 2005-2006 who also attended last year’s Annual Meeting in Anaheim. To qualify for the award, candidates must be full-time, third-year undergraduates majoring in science.

Dr. Bardos, a native of Hungary, has been an AACR member for nearly 50 years and, since 1997, has supported the Science Education Awards for college students. Following World War II, he came to the United States, earning a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Notre Dame. He went on to hold a full professorship at the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he was a member of the faculty until his retirement in 1995 and still holds emeritus status.

Thanks to Dr. Bardos’ support and dedication, recipients of the award receive a stipend to attend two consecutive Annual Meetings. His contributions are matched by the AACR.

In addition, all undergraduate student Annual Meeting registrants are invited to participate in the Undergraduate Student Caucus taking place from noon to 4:00 p.m., on Sunday, April 2, 2006, in the Grand Ballroom North in the Renaissance Washington Hotel. This year’s keynote speaker will be Donald S. Coffey, Ph.D., from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Md. The caucus will provide a forum for undergraduate students to discuss with early career scientists, the issues important to scientific research and the next stages in their career development.

Bardos Award winners will be made Student Members of the AACR. A list of their names and affiliations, in alphabetical order by state is available by e-mailing decicco@aacr.org.

Along with undergraduate programs, about 300 students from the Washington D.C. area will take part in the AACR Special Program for High School Students. This program features lectures from several distinguished scientists, a Student Presentation and Networking Reception, and a Mentor-escorted tour of the exhibit and poster area. It will take place at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, April 3, 2006, in Room 201 of the Washington Convention Center.

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Editors Note: Members of the media are welcome to attend the Special Program for High School Students.

The mission of the American Association for Cancer Research is to prevent and cure cancer. Founded in 1907, AACR is the world’s oldest and largest professional organization dedicated to advancing cancer research. The membership includes more than 24,000 basic, translational, and clinical researchers; health care professionals; and cancer survivors and advocates in the United States and more than 60 other countries. AACR marshals the full spectrum of expertise from the cancer community to accelerate progress in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer through high-quality scientific and educational programs. It funds innovative, meritorious research grants. The AACR Annual Meeting attracts over 16,000 participants who share the latest discoveries and developments in the field. Special Conferences throughout the year present novel data across a wide variety of topics in cancer research, treatment, and patient care. AACR publishes five major peer-reviewed journals: Cancer Research; Clinical Cancer Research; Molecular Cancer Therapeutics; Molecular Cancer Research; and Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers Prevention. Its most recent publication, CR, is a magazine for cancer survivors, patient advocates, their families, physicians, and scientists. It provides a forum for sharing essential, evidence-based information and perspectives on progress in cancer research, survivorship, and advocacy.


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