AACR Annual Meeting 2019

NextGen Stars 

The NextGen Stars program provides an exciting opportunity to increase the visibility of early-career scientists at the AACR Annual Meeting and to support the professional development and advancement of those selected as AACR NextGen Stars.

Applications are now closed. The deadline to submit an application or a letter of recommendation was Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018.

The following rules and guidelines apply:
Applicants must be AACR Associate Members or Active Members who are not above the level of Assistant Professor or equivalent.  Please note that applicants must be an AACR member in good standing (dues paid for the current year). Visit or contact with any questions about membership.

Applications consist of an extended abstract (limit 8,000 characters), a CV, and a letter of recommendation from your P.I., department head, or another mentor who is familiar with your work.  Only complete applications will be considered.  The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. ET, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018.  No late applications will be considered. 

Letters of Recommendation are due by 11:59 p.m. ET, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. Letters of recommendations may be uploaded as a .doc, .docx, or .pdf file. Mentors may support more than one applicant. Letters of recommendation should include the following information:

  • A description of the length of time and the capacity in which the writer has known the applicant.
  • An assessment of the quality of the applicant's performance in his or her current program.
  • A brief summary of the abstract/research submitted by the applicant.
  • An assessment of the applicant's qualifications/experience in presenting research to a large, diverse audience.

Between 8 and 12 applicants will be chosen to give a talk, regardless of the number of applications received.

Selected talks will be added to existing Major Symposia and Recent Advances sessions, based on the subject matter of the abstract, or in dedicated NextGen Stars Spotlight Sessions. Most talks will be 15 minutes in length plus 5 minutes for discussion, but the assigned length of the talk may vary depending on the session.

Applicants who are selected to give talks at the Annual Meeting will receive travel support and complimentary registration for the meeting.

The submission of an extended abstract through this application process is completely separate from the submission of a regular abstract for the Annual Meeting. Applicants will be notified of their status by early-November. Those who are not selected to give a talk, but still wish to submit an abstract to the Annual Meeting, must submit a separate abstract through the normal abstract submission process by the Nov. 15, 2018 deadline.

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