American Association for Cancer Research

2009 AACR Special Program for High School Students

The 2009 AACR special program for high school students attracted several hundred students from the Denver, CO area. This program took place on Monday, April 20, 2009 from 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at the Colorado Convention Center.   

The AACR is committed to increasing the number of young students pursuing careers in science and cancer research. This commitment to science education and increased participation of students from both underrepresented minority groups as well as the larger population has been manifested in several AACR programs, especially those at our largest annual event, the AACR Annual Meeting. By doing everything possible to strengthen interactions between senior cancer scientists and promising students, we hope to accomplish the ultimate goal of facilitating the contributions of these young students to scientific research and the conquest of cancer.

This unique opportunity for high school students to explore career opportunities in science at a national meeting included a program featuring:

Colorado Convention Center, Rooms 505-507 (9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.)

Several distinguished scientists presented a series of lectures on the following topics:

  • Welcome and Introduction - Dr. John M. Lehman, East Carolina Univ. School of Medicine, Greenville, NC
  • Understanding Cancer - Dr. Donald S. Coffey, Johns Hopkins Univ. School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
  • Translating Basic Science into Clinical Utility - Dr. L. Michael Glode, University of Colorado Cancer Center, Aurora, CO
  • Message from a Cancer Survivor - Ms. Stacia Wagner, Children's Brain Tumor Foundation, Hoboken, NJ
  • Why Cancer Research Needs You - Prof. Frances R. Balkwill, Barts & the London School of Med. & Dent., London, England
  • Closing Remarks & Introduction of Mentors - Dr. John M. Lehman, East Carolina Univ. School of Medicine, Greenville, NC

Mentor-escorted Tours of Exhibits and Poster Areas

Exhibit Halls (11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.)

Students were matched with mentors to tour the exhibit hall and poster areas, where students viewed state-of-the-art exhibit booths to learn about the latest products and services for laboratory and clinical research and visit scientific posters describing the causes, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of cancer.

Student Presentations and Networking Reception

Mineral Hall, Hyatt Regency Denver (1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.)

Students met one-on-one with leading scientists to answer questions about various areas of research during an Ask-the-Experts Session; presented posters or tabletop exhibitions of their school projects; and learned about job opportunities and summer internships.

Please e-mail with any questions concerning this AACR activity.