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Professional Advancement Opportunities

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In support of its 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 2023. 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 and early-stage 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, October 4, 2022. 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 2023 will receive travel support and complimentary registration for the meeting. Details can be found at on the NextGen Stars page.

Professional Advancement Sessions

Exclusive Member Benefit
Professional Advancement Sessions have long been an integral part of the AACR Annual Meeting experience and highlight 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, Associate Member Council (AMC), and the AACR Publications Committee, these sessions provide several interactive and engaging professional development and career advancement opportunities to 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. Apply today!

Professional Advancement Sessions to be held at the Annual Meeting 2023 will be announced in the fall.

AACR’s is a year-round career resource offering unparalleled career services and opportunities to cancer biomedical researchers and clinicians seeking to advance their scientific careers, and to employers who are seeking to recruit highly qualified scientists. For more information, visit or e-mail [email protected].

AACR Annual Cancer and Biomedical Research Career Fair

The AACR Annual Cancer and Biomedical Research Career Fair will take place at the AACR Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida on Saturday, April 15, 2023, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET. For more information or to register for the 2023 Career Fair, visit or email [email protected].

Employers will be able to:

  • Meet scientists at all professional levels
  • Post open positions
  • Review CVs/Resumes

Job seekers will be able to:

  • Meet employers face-to-face from academic institutions, industry, and government institutions
  • Upload their CVs/resumes on
  • Sign up for Job Alerts

CancerCareers Hub

The AACR provides Career and Professional Development opportunities to scientists at all career levels at the CancerCareers Hub, located in the Orange County Convention Center. The Hub will host several Career Development and recruiting events at the Annual Meeting beginning on Sunday, April 16 through Wednesday, April 19, 2023.

The CancerCareers Hub is open during the following hours:

  • Sunday, April 17: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Monday, April 17: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 18: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 19: 9 a.m.-12 noon

Create your free jobseeker profile account to search for positions, post your CV/resume, create Job Alerts, and take advantage of other features. For more information, visit or email [email protected].