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AACR Undergraduate Student Caucus and Poster Competition

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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 in person, 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 — $1,000 to be awarded to two students
  • 3rd Prize — $750 to be awarded to two 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.”
  • Abstract submission deadline: March 14, 2022.
  • Registration deadline: March 18, 2022.

Please email [email protected] with any questions.

Congratulations to the 2022 winners of the Margaret Foti Foundation Undergraduate Prizes for Cancer Research

First Place Prize Winner

Shrey Ramesh, Sophmore

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Madison, Wisconsin

Abstract Title: MET inhibition enhances the effect of radiation on MET mutated non-small cell lung cancer brain metastasis patient derived xenografts

Second Place Prize Winner

Nicole S. Nemychenkov, Senior

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Seattle, Washington

Abstract Title: The IL-2/IL-15 Mimetic NL-201 Prevents Myeloma Relapse after ASCT by Expanding Highly Cytolytic T Cells in the Bone Marrow

Eric G. Sun, Junior

Eric G. Sun, Junior

Yale University

New Haven, Connecticut

Abstract Title: A Novel Regulator of Oncogene Amplification and TKI Resistance

Third Place Prize Winner

Omar M.K. Ahmad, Senior

Tulane University Health Sciences Center

New Orleans, Louisiana

Abstract Title: Engineering a cisplatin-resistant lung cancer microenvironment to model recurrence of aggressive tumors following first-line cytotoxic therapy

Anabella Maria D. Galang, Junior

Anabella Maria D. Galang, Junior

Cornell University

Ithaca, New York

Abstract Title: Investigating the differentiating agent thioridazine as treatment for testicular germ cell tumors containing pluripotent embryonal carcinoma cells