American Association for Cancer Research

Special Program for High School Students 2011

"The Conquest of Cancer and the Next Generation of Cancer Researchers"
AACR 102nd Annual Meeting 2011
Orlando, FL
Monday, April 4, 2011
9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Networking Lunch
The AACR is committed to increasing the number of students pursuing careers in science and cancer research, and to the increased participation of students from underrepresented minority groups. 

The Special Program for High School Students at our largest annual event, the AACR Annual Meeting, promotes interactions between senior cancer scientists and promising students, in order to facilitate the contributions of these students to scientific research and the conquest of cancer. Thanks to our over 400 student participants, dedicated educators and volunteer mentors for making the 2011 session such an inspiring day! 

Mentor-guided tour of exhibits and postersThe 2011 session included:

  • Lectures from distinguished scientists, as well as a moving talk from a young cancer survivor and opportunities for student involvement from Stand Up 2 Cancer;
  • Mentor-escorted tours of the Annual Meeting's scientific exhibits and posters; and
  • A complimentary lunchtime reception, including student poster presentations and information about summer internships.


For those who are interested in participating in this event during the AACR 103rd Annual Meeting 2012 in Chicago, IL, registration materials will be available starting in December 2011.

Registration for this event is free. Free transportation may be available for schools that request it.


Room W209, Orange County Convention Center
9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.      

Welcome and Introduction

Stewart Sell, M.D.
Wadsworth Center-NY State Department of Health, Albany, NY

Special Remarks,
AACR President

Elizabeth H. Blackburn, Ph.D.                     
UCSF, San Francisco, CA

Understanding Cancer  

Donald S. Coffey, Ph.D.
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD

Keys to Cancer Prevention

Jong Y. Park, Ph.D.
H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, Tampa, FL

Message from a Cancer Survivor

Timothy W. Buckland
University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB

Introduction of Mentors

Stewart Sell, M.D.

Tour of Exhibits and Posters                       
Orange County Convention Center Poster Hall
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Students will be matched with mentors to tour the exhibit hall and poster areas. Students will have an opportunity to: view state-of-the-art exhibit booths to learn about the latest products and services for laboratory and clinical research (giveaways included), and visit scientific posters describing the causes, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of cancer.

Networking Luncheon for Students and Teachers
Windemere Y & Z, The Peabody Orlando Hotel
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.   

Students and teachers will have an opportunity to meet one-on-one with leading scientists to answer questions about various areas of research during an Ask-the-Experts Session, present posters or tabletop exhibitions of their school projects, and learn about job opportunities and summer internships.

Why Cancer Research Needs You

Danyell S. Wilson, Ph.D.
H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute, Tampa, FL

Evaluation and Departure


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