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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.

About Science Education


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

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

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.