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Professional and Career Advancement Sessions

The AACR gratefully acknowledges AbbVie for its support of the 2021 Professional Advancement Series


Did you participate in a virtual Professional Advancement Session during Week II of the AACR Annual Meeting?
Did you watch the sessions on demand? If so, don’t forget to complete the session evaluation and share your feedback with us! Your input will help us shape additional professional development-related sessions and programming. Don’t delay, share your feedback.  The session evaluation links are located within the session descriptions.

Professional Advancement Series sessions at the 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting

The AACR is dedicated to the education, training, and professional development of cancer research investigators and the Professional Advancement Series Sessions are an integral part of the AACR Annual Meeting experience. Organized as a collaborative effort 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), these exciting sessions are available to Annual Meeting registrants free of charge and provide important skills to investigators at all stages in their careers. 

Navigating the Path to a Successful Career in Cancer Research

Monday, May 17, 11:45 am-1:45 pm ET

This exciting collaborative roundtable session and networking reception provide a forum in which students, early-career researchers, and early-stage investigators can discuss critical career development topics and survival skills with established researchers from a variety of sectors, including academia, government, and industry. This session is a must for all individuals pursuing careers in cancer research or other biomedical sciences. Learn more. Share your feedback!

Important Strategies for Success in Cancer Science: Keys for Early-Stage Investigators

Monday, May 17, 11:45 am-1:15 pm ET

This professional advancement session is a unique opportunity for new investigators at the junior faculty/equivalent level to learn skills and strategies for addressing questions that can affect their success in the first independent leadership position. Designed specifically for those who have already made the transition from trainee to the next career stage inside and outside academia, this is a must-attend session for all early-stage investigators. Learn more. Share your feedback!

Personalized Career Conversations 

Tuesday, May 18, 11:45 am-1:45 pm ET

This session provides a unique opportunity for early-career AACR Associate members to participate in 15-minute one-on-one conversations with one distinguished cancer researchers from across various sectors—including academia, government and industry. Participants will also have the opportunity to informally network with peers and members from the organizing groups to gain additional perspectives about various career topics. There is no cost to participate, but preregistration is required. Learn more. Share your feedback!

Advancing Your Career in Cancer Research

Wednesday, May 19, 11:45 am-1:45 pm ET

This Professional Advancement session will be a highly interactive round-table session in which experienced AACR members will share their views on different career opportunities in cancer research with interested early-career scientists. Participants will have the opportunity to meet with AACR members who have extensive experience and insight into the various career opportunities available to the next generation of researchers. The ability to have personal discussions with experts will enhance the knowledge base of young scientists and will provide them with potential opportunities for the next steps in their careers. Learn more. Share your feedback!

The Critical Role of Physician-Scientists in Advancing Cancer Science – Recommendations for Continued Success

Wednesday, May 19, 11:45 am-1:15 pm ET

This interactive panel discussion will explore the critical role of physician-scientists and strategies for their continued success in the face of increasing competitiveness in all domains of their professional service—scientific, clinical, educational, and administrative. The session will offer key insights and pointers from a diverse group of successful physician-scientists on career development and funding mechanisms as well as perspectives from a cancer center director. Learn more. Share your feedback!

Communicating Your Science as a Cancer Researcher

Thursday May 20, 11:45 am-1:15 pm ET

This session is intended for investigators at all career stages to discuss ways to efficiently and effectively communicate science to various audiences. The session will outline suggestions for concise and appropriate audience-level presentation skills – real and virtual – that can effectively highlight your research and communicate key findings and implications of your research.  This will include not only pre-planned presentations and their delivery, but thinking on your feet to answer questions in the most appropriate way depending on who is asking them. Peer-review publications are the permanent record of your research but are often read by a limited audience. This session focuses on ideas to extend that audience. Learn more. Share your feedback!

Annual Undergraduate Student Caucus and Poster Competition

With more than 200 undergraduate student participants every year, the Undergraduate Student Caucus Poster Competition continues to be the premier event for undergraduate students attending the AACR Annual Meeting. Now in its 16th year, this session gives undergraduates the opportunity to learn more about current research in the cancer field, hear from investigators about educational pathways and career development, explore career options in the cancer field, and compete for monetary prizes while presenting research. Undergraduates at all levels are welcome to participate without cost. AACR members are encouraged to volunteer as judges. Learn more.

Additional Career Advancement Opportunities 

Career Discussions 

Thursday, May 20, 11:45 am-1:15 pm ET

These informal networking and discussion sessions are designed for early-career researchers to interact with recently transitioned physician-scientist and junior faculty/equivalent peers around various career topics such as “Searching for the Right Postdoctoral Position.” Learn more about the session and share your feedback!