American Association for Cancer Research

Seventh Annual Undergraduate Student Caucus & Poster Competition

Saturday, March 31, 2012
10:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, Chicago, IL

poster sessionEach year at the AACR Annual Meeting, the Undergraduate Student Caucus and Poster Competition brings together undergraduate students at all levels and post baccalaureate students to explore educational and career pathways in cancer research, present their own research, and compete for prizes. We thank all our student participants, poster presenters and volunteer judges for making the 2012 session such a resounding success!

2012 Student participants enjoyed:

  • A panel discussion led by young scientific investigators ranging from graduate students to postdocs, who addressed issues related to scientific research and career development;
  • A keynote address from a prominent cancer researcher, who inspired students to consider a career in cancer research;
  • A competitive poster session that awarded first, second, and third place prizes for outstanding student research; and
  • Access to all AACR Annual Meeting scientific sessions, posters, exhibits and much more!

We congratulate the 2012 winners of the AACR-Gary J. Miller Undergraduate Student Prizes for Cancer and Cancer-Related Biomedical Research:

First Place: $1,500
toward attendance at the AACR Annual Meeting 2013, Washington, D.C.

Ben DulkenBenjamin Dulken
Delivery of doxorubicin to multi-drug resistant murine xenografts via drug-loaded micelles formed from mixtures of amphiphilic triblock copolymers.
University of Washington, Seattle, WA



Second Place: $300

Cui and ShiKangping Cui
Establishment and characterization of seven bleomycin resistant human cancer cell lines
University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada

Connie R. Shi
Effect of novel RhoC inhibitor on breast cancer progression and metastasis in vivo
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Third Place: $200

Guo and SmithWenji Guo
Iron increases the invasiveness of prostate cancer cells in vitro: Mechanisms and inhibition by the antioxidant ebselen
University of Illinois, Chicago, IL 

Molly A. Smith
Increased apoptosis underlies improved outcomes in HPV-positive head and neck cancers
UW Wisconsin, Madison, WI

Congratulations to the Top Ten Meritorious Honor Awardees:

Top Ten Meritorious winners

Mellissa R. Delcont
The effects of Prdm14 on Dnmt3b isoform expression in acute lymphoblastic leukemia
Trinity University, San Antonio, TX  

Joseph W. Fischer
Protein kinase Cε, an initial signal in prostate cancer development and metastasis, involves cross-talk with Stat3, EGFR and androgen receptor
University of Wisconsin Madison, Madison, WI

Michael G. Funaro
Immunoprotected, microencapsulated bacterial cytosine deaminase mediated conversion of 5-fluorocytosine to 5-fluorouracil
Dartmouth Medical School, Lebanon, NH  

Khyati A. Gajjar
CD24 mediates cell rolling response against E-selectin
University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL  

Abraham Korman
Detection and quantification of tumor-derived microparticles in a murine orthotopic tumor progression model
Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Misan Lee
Defining the roles of COIL and WIPI1 in breast cancer metastasis
University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada

Maximilian Marhold
Prostate Cancer Stem Cells Demonstrate Decreased mTOR Activity and are Resistant to mTOR Inhibition in Hypoxia
Medical University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria

Kwadernica Rhea
Glucocorticoid receptor signaling pathway targeted for treatment of hormone refractory prostate cancer
Spelman College, Atlanta, GA  

Justin E. Silpe
The implications of folate receptor density on the avidity of dendrimer-based multivalent methotrexates for cancer therapy
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI  

Frank Yang
APC loss disrupts epithelial morphogenesis in polarized colon cells
University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Congratulations to the People's Choice Award Winner:

Brit GermannBrit Germann
Setting the Clock: Tumor TK1 is a Prognostic Marker for Disease Recurrence
Brigham Young University, Provo, UT  




We thank the following exceptional speakers for their participation 

10:30 AM–10:50 AM


10:50 AM–11:00 AM

Kathleen W. Scotto, Ph.D.
UMDNJ-The Cancer Institute of New Jersey, Newark, NJ

11:00 AM–11:20 AM

“Controlling Cancer through Research”
Donald S. Coffey, Ph.D.
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD

11:20 AM–11:35 AM

“Navigating the AACR Annual Meeting”
Benjamin G. Neel, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Toronto Ontario Cancer Institute, Toronto, ON

11:35 AM–11:45 AM

Remarks from Lead Judge and Introduction of Judges
Oliver Bögler, Ph.D.
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

11:45 AM–1:15 PM

Poster Session and Exhibits

1:15 PM–1:30 PM

Break and Lunch Served

1:30 PM–2:45 PM

Panel Discussion and Q&A

Antonio D. Baines, Ph.D.
North Carolina Central University, Durham, NC

Maria Abreu, B.S., Graduate Student,
Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

Jennifer Bailey, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow,
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD

José Treviño, M.D., Assistant Professor, Dept. of Surgery,
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

2:45 PM–2:50 PM

Remarks from 2011 First Place Miller Prize Winner
Miles Fuller
Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA

2:50 PM–3:25 PM

Prize Distribution

3:25 PM–3:30 PM

Wrap-Up and Evaluation

For those who are interested in attending next year's program, registration materials will be available starting in December 2012. Or, email for more information.

Mentoring Opportunities
Visit our website to learn more about volunteering as a judge for an upcoming Undergraduate Student Caucus and Poster Competition.

Please contact us via e-mail, or call toll-free, (866) 423-3965.