Announcing the Results of the Associate Member Council Elections
The Associate Member Council (AMC) thanks all candidates who applied for the 2018-2021 term. There were exceptional individuals who submitted applications this round, which made for a very competitive review.
At this time, the AMC is pleased to announce that the following individuals were selected to begin their three-year term starting at the AACR Annual Meeting 2018 and have all accepted their position:
Kristin G. Anderson, PhD, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Fred Hutchinson, Cancer Research Center and the University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
Andreana N. Holowatyj, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Population Sciences, Huntsman Cancer Institute and the University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, Utah
Faruk Mohammed, MS, Cancer Scientist/Graduate Student, Department of Pathology, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria
Chirag B. Patel, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Molecular Imaging/Radiology and Clinical Fellow, Neuro-oncology, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California
Further information on the four new members of the council will appear on this page in January 2018.
Thank you again to all applicants. We would encourage everyone to review opportunities on this website that are coming up in 2018 for Associate members, organized/sponsored by the AMC, and if eligible, apply again for the next term (applications will open Summer 2018).
Each applicant needs to complete the online Application for Candidacy, including the submission of a complete CV and letter of recommendation from their primary mentor (a supplemental letter of endorsement will additionally be required/accepted
only if the primary mentor is not currently an AACR Active Member in good standing). All supplemental materials must be submitted via the online application form (in PDF format). Once the application period ends, members of the current council conduct a thorough and intensive review of all eligible applications. Four new members of the council are announced each year by the end of the calendar year. All applicants are notified of the status of their application, regardless of the decision.
Term of Office
Each member serves a three-year term of office that commences at the AACR Annual Meeting. Those elected in the 2018-2021 cycle will begin their service at the AACR Annual Meeting 2018 and conclude their service at the AACR Annual Meeting 2021.
Duties of the AMC
Each year, four Associate Members are selected to serve three-year terms on the Associate Member Council (AMC). The AMC is a leadership body representing over 15,000 AACR graduate students, medical students and residents, and clinical and postdoctoral fellows. As such, the AMC serves in an advisory capacity to the AACR leadership, and helps develop programs and services to address the needs of early-career investigators in cancer research. The AMC also provides a venue for collegial discussion about the challenges of a career in cancer research and helps provide recommendations on how to sustain this important workforce. People have joined the council to broaden their insights and network in the cancer research field, increase their likelihood and potential for future collaborations, learn more about the AACR, represent the membership, and help organize events to promote career development for early-career investigators.
To fulfill the responsibilities outlined in the
charter, members of the AMC develop programs and services for early-career scientists, including career development workshops presented during the AACR Annual Meeting; contribute to content for the Associate Member Quarterly e-Bulletin; facilitate communication among early-career scientists through peer-to-peer networking, mentorship, and collaboration with senior AACR members; and, encourage corporate relationship building, among other projects.
The main goals of the council are to:
- Promote the AACR and its programs;
- Encourage and maintain active participation of all eligible early-career scientists in AACR activities;
- Foster the professional development of the Associate Members of the AACR in accordance with the organization's mission statement;
- Represent the interests of early-career scientists by acting as a liaison and advisory body to the AACR Board of Directors; and,
- Serve as representatives of all Associate Members at the AACR Annual Meeting and during other functions, as deemed appropriate by the AACR leadership.
In recognition of the extraordinary time commitments of early-career scientists, obligations related to AMC service are kept as manageable as possible. Throughout each year of service, council members participate in planning meetings, conference calls, receptions, and other events as official representatives of the Council and the AACR. AMC members are expected to participate in monthly conference calls, attend all Annual Meetings during their term, attend a face-to-face planning meeting each summer in Philadelphia, and periodically contribute to written materials. Typically, during the second or third year of service, council members are requested to chair various planning subcommittees.
In 2015, the AMC Committees were formed to help the AMC and AACR further engage with the Associate membership, year-round, and to assist the AMC with developing projects and initiatives of a larger scale. All AMC members have the option of chairing one of these committees or participating as a committee member, based on their level of interest and availability. AMC Committee service is for a one-year term. Anyone currently serving on an AMC Committee may apply for an official council position during the current year's call for applications (council members will not begin their term of service until the following Annual Meeting, which is also when each AMC Committee term is concluded; therefore, there will not be any overlap/conflict in dates of service).
Overall, potential applicants should be aware that serving on the council requires year-round contributions and regular participation in activities. Again, on average, the AACR strives to keep the workload and time commitment for each council member fairly manageable.
Notes from previous AMC Members about serving on the council:
"It exceeded my expectations. The people were so amazing to work with that they felt like friends..."
"Being part of the AMC was a great experience, and it was nice to contribute to programs for early-career scientists."
"I had a great time serving on the AMC, and thoroughly enjoyed contributing to its activities. It was a unique experience...I have learned a lot from interacting with the AACR staff and other AMC members."
"For me, there were really two primary reasons for being on the AMC. One was gaining leadership experience and connections in order to be able to make a bigger impact in cancer research down the line; the more important one to me, however, was helping other early-career scientists find their way in light of the changing landscape of cancer research."
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