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Undergraduate Student Caucus and Poster Competition

The 15th Annual AACR Undergraduate Student Caucus and Poster Competition (USCPC) will take place Saturday, April 25, 2020, during the AACR Annual Meeting 2020 in San Diego, California. This session will bring together undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students to address educational pathways and explore career options in the cancer field. Students can also compete for prizes while presenting their research. Registration is now open! Registration deadline: February 21, 2020.

Winners of the Undergraduate Student Caucus and Poster Competition at the AACR Annual Meeting will be presented with Margaret Foti Foundation Undergraduate Prizes for Cancer Research, which reward excellence in research conducted and presented by undergraduate students. Learn more about Dr. Margaret Foti.


Full-time undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students are invited to attend and may also submit an abstract for poster presentation during this special program. Submission of an abstract for the poster competition is NOT required to attend this program. Students are welcome and encouraged to attend the session even if they are not a poster presenter.

Poster Competition

All attendees at this session may choose to enter the poster competition. This is a special poster session for students and there is a separate abstract submission process from the general Annual Meeting. Students are welcome to present abstracts that will also be presented elsewhere at the meeting. We are happy to accept all cancer or cancer-related abstracts from undergraduate or post-baccalaureate students.

Poster competition winners will be awarded the Margaret Foti Foundation Undergraduate Prizes for Cancer Research. First prize consists of $1,500 for participation in the AACR Annual Meeting 2020. Second ($750) and third place ($500) prizes will also be awarded, as well as Meritorious Honors for the top 10 posters, and a People’s Choice Award. Prizes are judged by AACR member scientists.

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 “15th Annual AACR Undergraduate Student Caucus and Poster Competition.”
  • Registration deadline: February 21, 2020.

Annual Meeting Registration

All eligible registrants for the 15th Annual AACR Undergraduate Student Caucus and Poster Competition will receive complimentary registration to the full AACR Annual Meeting. More information about Annual Meeting registration will be sent to students after registration for this is complete.

Judging is based on the student abstract, research content of the poster and on the ability of the student to effectively answer questions about the work during the poster presentation.

Winners of the 14th Annual Undergraduate Student Caucus and Poster Competition

AACR Annual Meeting 2019
Saturday, March 30, 2019
Atlanta, Georgia

First Place

Sasha Kyrysyuk

Sasha Kyrysyuk

Carleton College
Northfield, Minnesota

Second Place

Gopika Senthilkumar
University of Wisconsin
Madison, Wisconsin

Courtney A. Swain
University of Alabama
Birmingham, Alabama

Third Place

Mohamed H. Osman
Zagazig University 
Sagzig, Sharkia Governorate

Jack M. Shirman
Northwestern University
Chicago, Illinois

Honorable Mention

Maryam Bainazar
The Ohio State University
Columbus, Ohio

Lindsay A. Caprio
Georgetown University
Washington, District of Columbia

Holly Huang
University of California
Los Angeles, California

Natasha N. Ingles
Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, Ohio

Malay Mody
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Olutosin B. Owoyemi
Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comp. Cancer Center
Baltimore, Maryland

William Rosencrans
Colgate University
Hamilton, New York

Zachary Sandoval
University of Florida
Gainesville, Florida

Jayesh Sharma
University of Texas Southwestern
Dallas, Texas

Corey J. Williams
Hampden-Sydney College
Hampden-Sydney, Virginia

Mentoring Opportunities

Visit our website to learn more about volunteering as a judge for future Undergraduate Student Caucus and Poster Competitions.