American Association for Cancer Research

Special Program for High School Students 2012

"The Conquest of Cancer and the Next Generation of Cancer Researchers"
2012 AACR Annual Meeting
Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, Chicago, IL
Monday, April 2, 2012
8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Terrence Howard and studentsThe 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 more than 200 student participants, dedicated educators, volunteer mentors and sponsor Aflac for making the 2012 session such an inspiring day! 

The 2012 session included:

  • Lectures from distinguished scientists, as well as a moving talk from a patient advocate for those battling cancer;
  • Mentor-escorted tours of the Annual Meeting's scientific exhibits and posters; and
  • A complimentary lunchtime reception, including student poster presentations, information about summer internships, and a very special surprise guest.


cutting edge research equipmentFor those who are interested in participating in this event during the AACR Annual Meeting 2013 in Washington, D.C. on April 8, 2013, registration materials will be available starting in December 2012.

Registration for this event is always free.


2012 Program 

9:00 am – 11:00 am
Kathleen W. Scotto, Ph.D.
UMDNJ-The Cancer Institute of New Jersey, Newark, NJ

Special Remarks, AACR President 
Frank McCormick, Ph.D., FRS, D.Sc. (hon.)
UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, San Francisco, CA
Controlling Cancer through Research  
Donald S. Coffey, Ph.D.
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
Keys to Cancer Prevention
Funmi I. Olopade, M.D.
University of Chicago Medical Center, Chicago, IL
Message from a Patient Advocate
Katie McIntyre
Lewis Cancer Ctr. and Research Pavilion, Savannah, GA
Why Cancer Research Needs You
Xavier Llor, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL

Tour of Exhibits and Posters                      
11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Students were matched with mentors in small groups to tour the exhibit hall and poster areas. Students had 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 visited scientific posters describing the causes, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of cancer.

Networking Luncheon                                  
pm – 2:00 pm  
Students had 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. The 2012 session also featured a special guest appearance from Academy Award-nominated actor Terrence Howard.


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