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AACR Undergraduate Student Caucus and Poster Competition

The AACR is excited to announce the 17th Annual AACR Undergraduate Student Caucus and Poster Competition (USCPC) during the AACR Annual Meeting 2022 in New Orleans, Louisiana. This exciting, informative, and engaging session will take place on April 9, 2022, and will bring together undergraduate students at all levels to address educational pathways, explore career options in the cancer field while presenting their own research and competing 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.

About Science Education

Eligibility

Full-time undergraduate students and post baccalaureate students 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, a poster presentation is not required to attend this program. 

JUDGING

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 during the competition.  Winners will be awarded Margaret Foti Foundation Undergraduate Prizes for Cancer Research. 

Margaret Foti Foundation Undergraduate Prizes for Cancer Research

The Margaret Foti Foundation is founded by the American Association for Cancer Research CEO (Chief Executive Officer), Margaret Foti. The Margaret Foti Foundation Undergraduate Prizes for Cancer Research was established in 2018 and are given at the AACR Undergraduate Student Caucus and Poster Competition during the AACR Annual Meetings. These award prizes rewards excellence in research conducted and presented by undergraduate students.

(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

AACR ANNUAL MEETING 2022 REGISTRATION

All eligible registrants for the 17th Annual AACR Undergraduate Student Caucus and Poster Competition will also receive complimentary registration to the AACR Annual Meeting 2022 in New Orleans, Louisiana from April 8-13, 2022.

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 “17th Annual AACR Undergraduate Student Caucus and Poster Competition.”
  • Registration deadline: March 18 2022.

Please email [email protected] with any questions.

Congratulations to the 2021 winners of the Margaret Foti Foundation Undergraduate Prizes for Cancer Research

First Place Prize Winner

Suchet Taori, Junior

Suchet Taori, Junior

University of Virginia

Charlottesville, Virginia

Abstract Title: A Novel Approach to Immunotherapy for Brain Cancers

Second Place Prize Winner

Enrique J. Trevino, Junior

Enrique J. Trevino, Junior

University of Florida

Gainesville, Florida

Abstract Title: Pancreatic Tumor Burden Elicits Progressive Respiratory Muscle Pathology and Dysfunction

Yee Ling Or, Senior

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Hong Kong

Abstract Title: Targeting Hepatocellular Carcinoma with Napabucasin: First-in-Class Cancer Stemness Inhibitor

Third Place Prize Winner

Cassandra L. Ritter, BS

Cassandra L. Ritter, BS

University of Michigan

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Abstract Title: Verification of Subclonal CDKN1B mRNA Loss in Primary Prostate Cancer Tissues using RNA in situ Hybridization

Rebecca Y. Sosa, Senior

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, Maryland

Abstract Title: The Role of MDM2 Inhibition in the Radiosensitization of ER+ Breast Cancers

Honorable Mentions

Savanna. A Toure, Senior

Lafayette College

Easton, Pennsylvania

Garrett T. Kuketz, Junior

University of Texas at Austin

Austin, Texas

Margot M. McMurray, Senior   

Seattle Children’s Research Institute

Seattle, Washington

Anya H. Patel, Junior    

The Nueva School

San Mateo, California

Son Tran, Senior

University of Calgary

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

John WR. Kincaid, Senior

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine; Case Comprehensive Cancer Center

Cleveland, Ohio

Ava R. Hansen, Senior  

Washington University in St. Louis

St. Louis, Missouri

Bradley Q. Fox, Senior

Dartmouth College

Hanover, New Hampshire

Taylor J. McGee, Sophomore

Hampden Sydney College

Hampden Sydney, Virginia

Patrick  Yu, Freshman

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Urbana, Illinois