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Professional Advancement Opportunities

In support of the mission to promote the education and training of cancer scientists and clinicians and to cultivate a highly skilled and diverse cancer research workforce, the AACR provides AACR Annual Meeting attendees at all career stages—from high school and undergraduate students to senior investigators—with opportunities to advance their careers.

NextGen Stars

Early-career scientists can apply to give a presentation in a Major Symposium or Advances Session at the AACR Annual Meeting 2022. Speaking slots are limited and are only available to AACR Associate Members and to AACR Active Members who are not above the level of assistant professor or equivalent. The NextGen Stars program provides an exciting opportunity to increase the visibility of early-career scientists at the AACR Annual Meeting and to support their professional development and advancement.

The deadline to submit applications is 5:00 p.m. U.S. ET, September 30, 2021. Applications consist of an extended abstract (limit 8,000 characters), a CV, and a letter of recommendation from a P.I., department head, or another mentor who is familiar with the applicant’s work. Applicants selected as NextGen Stars for 2022 will receive travel support and complimentary registration for the meeting. Details can be found at under the “NextGen Stars” tab.

Professional Advancement Series Sessions

Exclusive Member Benefit

Professional Advancement Sessions have long been an integral part of the AACR Annual Meeting experience, representing the AACR’s dedication to the education, training, and career advancement of cancer research investigators at all stages of their careers. A collaborative effort each year by the AACR Science Education and Career Advancement Committee, Minorities in Cancer Research (MICR) Council, Women in Cancer Research (WICR) Council, and Associate Member Council (AMC), provides several interactive and engaging professional development and career advancement opportunities to educate investigators at all levels, including students, early-career scientists, and early-stage investigators.

All Professional Advancement Sessions are free and exclusive to AACR members. There is no cost to join the AACR as an Associate Member (graduate students, medical students and residents, and clinical and postdoctoral fellows who are enrolled in education or training programs that could lead to a career in cancer research) or Student Member (undergraduate and high school students). If you are not an AACR member, you are strongly encouraged to join the AACR and take advantage of the opportunity to attend these sessions and the many other benefits of membership, including the privilege of sponsoring abstracts, significantly reduced member registration rates, and more. Visit to apply today!

Professional Advancement Sessions to be held at the Annual Meeting 2022 will be announced in the fall. Visit to learn more and for session updates.