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AACR Undergraduate Student Caucus and Poster Competition

The AACR is proud to present the 16th Annual AACR Undergraduate Student Caucus and Poster Competition (USCPC) in a virtual format in May during National Cancer Research Month. These exciting, informative, and engaging sessions will take place in conjunction with week II of the AACR Annual Meeting 2021, and will bring together undergraduate students at all levels to address educational pathways, explore career options in the cancer field, present their own research, and compete for prizes. All prizes are funded by the Margaret Foti Foundation which rewards excellence in research conducted and presented by undergraduate students.  Learn more about Dr. Margaret Foti.

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Full-time undergraduate students at all levels who are interested in cancer and related biomedical science are invited to attend.  Undergraduate students may submit a poster for presentation during this special program, but a submission is NOT required to attend this program. Students are welcome and encouraged to attend this program even if they do not submit a poster.

Virtual Poster Competition

All undergraduate student registrants for this session may choose to enter the Special Virtual Poster Competition.  All research projects related to cancer and related biomedical science are encouraged.  Interested students must submit an abstract with their registration and a virtual poster.  The virtual poster will consist of a 5-minute pre-recorded video file. The video file can be created using PowerPoint or Keynote with audio enabled to allow you to narrate your slideshow.  Additional guidelines and instructions will be provided to virtual poster presentations with confirmation of registration.  Virtual Posters will be available on-demand to all attendees and to judges for review beginning on May 12, 2021.

Student presentations will be judged by AACR members who are established investigators in the field.  Judging is based on the student abstract, research content of the poster, and on the ability of the student to effectively present their research in the video presentation.  Winners will be awarded Margaret Foti Foundation Undergraduate Prizes for Cancer Research.

Congratulations to the winners of the Margaret Foti Foundation Undergraduate Prizes for Cancer Research

First Place Prize Winner

Suchet Taori, Junior

Suchet Taori, Junior

University of Virginia

Goal Statement: “After completing a BA in neuroscience, I plan to pursue an MD-PhD in cancer biology. Ultimately, I envision myself leading a translation neuro-oncology research laboratory and teaching at an academic institution as a physician-scientist. Specific to my research and clinical interests, I hope to pioneer novel immunotherapies and design a multi-modal personalized approach to treat brain cancer in patients. I am grateful for my mentors, the AACR, as well as all the academic and research institutions that have previously supported me.”

Second Place Prize Winner

Enrique J. Trevino, Junior

Enrique J. Trevino, Junior

University of Florida

Goal Statement: “Within the next year or so, I hope to apply and be accepted into an MD/PhD program in which I can continue my involvement in cancer research. By doing this, I can further my path into becoming a physician-scientist helping the world from two fronts: one by which I can work with patients in the clinical setting, and the other by which I can prevent/change the lives of cancer patients.”

Third Place Prize Winner

Cassandra L. Ritter, BS

Cassandra L. Ritter, BS

University of Michigan

Goal Statement: “Having graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, Health and Society with honors in May 2021, I wish to pursue an MD/PhD and work as a physician-scientist in clinical research, providing compassionate care and working relentlessly to find more effective treatments for diseases that disproportionately affect women and the LGBTQ+ community.”

Margaret Foti Foundation Undergraduate Prizes for Cancer Research

(All prizes consist of monetary awards.)

  • 1st Prize — $1,500 awarded to one student
  • 2nd Prize — $750 to be awarded to two students
  • 3rd Prize — $500 to be awarded to three students
  • Meritorious Honors for the top posters


All eligible registrants for the 16th Annual AACR Undergraduate Student Caucus and Poster Competition will also receive complimentary registration to both weeks of the virtual AACR Annual Meeting 2021.

How to Register

  • Registration must be completed through myAACR.
  • Log in to the myAACR portal. If you do not have a myAACR account, select, “Create New Account.”
  • Once you are logged in, click on, “Applications/Awards.” After you’ve been transferred to the awards portal, click on, “View All Activities,” and choose “16th Annual AACR Undergraduate Student Caucus and Poster Competition.”
  • Registration deadline: May 7, 2021.

Please email [email protected] with any questions.