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National Postdoc Appreciation Week

Recognizing the 10th Annual National Postdoc Appreciation Week

In honor of the 10th Annual National Postdoc Appreciation Week (NPAW), the AACR offered several opportunities and resources to recognize the achievements and contributions of early-career clinical and postdoctoral fellows in the field of cancer research. See below for more details or email questions to [email protected].

Thank you to all who participated in the NPAW events hosted by the AACR from Sept. 16-20, 2019. Each event was a success! Be sure to be on the lookout for other opportunities and events for early-career investigators throughout the year.

past Local Opportunities for Postdocs in the Philadelphia Region During NPAW

The AACR worked with the University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, and Thomas Jefferson University to once again present AACR Cancer Careers Clinics as a special in-person opportunity for our local clinical and postdoctoral community in the Philadelphia region where the AACR is headquartered. Clinical fellows and postdocs walked-in at any time during a three-hour window at each host institution, without appointment, and meet with some of our outstanding PhDs on the AACR staff to discuss different aspects of transitioning one’s career including, but not limited to, how to translate skills to a job posting; perspectives on managing the transition; how to apply for funding or publications; and, obtain advice or ask questions about the general overall application, interview and negotiation processes across different organizations/environments. HR representatives from the AACR were available for postdocs to have their individual CVs/resumes reviewed and critiqued, and discuss tips from a hiring perspective. As an added bonus, those who filled out an Associate member application onsite at one of the AACR Cancer Career Clinics this week were not be required to provide a nominator! Thank you for joining us at one of the following institutions and joining the AACR’s ever-growing scientific research community:

  • Monday, September 16, 2019
    2 – 4 p.m. ET
    University of Pennsylvania
    421 Curie Blvd, Philadelphia, PA
    Biomedical Research Building, 14th Floor Faculty Lounge

  • Tuesday, September 17, 2019
    10 a.m. – 1 p.m. ET
    Drexel University
    245 North 15th St, Philadelphia, PA
    College of Medicine, 8th Floor, Room 8312

  • Wednesday, September 18, 2019
    10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. ET
    Thomas Jefferson University
    1020 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA
    Jefferson Alumni Hall, Room 168, 171, and 173

AACR membership

Join the AACR! With over 44,000 members in 120 countries around the world, the AACR is a dynamic and vibrant organization that offers its members programs and activities that promote the exchange of timely scientific information, and excellent opportunities to participate more fully in the global conquest of cancer by fostering important relationships and collaborations with cancer scientists internationally. The AACR supports the professional development of those early in their careers and offers Associate membership to clinical and postdoctoral fellows, as well as graduate students, medical students and residents, who are enrolled in educational or training programs that could lead to careers in cancer research. As of 2018, Associate Members will no longer be required to pay annual membership dues. Discover the many benefits of Associate membership. Join our mission and become a member today!

The AACR is committed to supporting the efforts of underrepresented populations in the cancer research community. Opportunities to join AACR Constituency Groups and Scientific Working Groups are available to all AACR members who support the mission of the relevant groups.

The Associate Member Council (AMC) is the leadership body for the Associate member graduate students, medical students and residents, and clinical and postdoctoral fellows, of the AACR. #AACRAMC


  • Early-career scientists can apply to give a presentation in a Major Symposium or Recent Advances Session, as a dedicated NextGen Star at the AACR Annual Meeting 2020! Speaking slots are limited and are only available to AACR Associate members and to early-career AACR Active members who are no higher than the level of assistant professor or equivalent. The NextGen Stars program provides an exciting opportunity to increase the visibility of early-career scientists at the AACR Annual Meeting and to support their professional development.
  • Since its inception in 1986, the AACR Annual Meeting Scholar-in-Training Award program has provided more than 4,400 grants to young investigators and has received support from more than 50 cancer research foundations, corporations, individuals, and other organizations dedicated to the fight against cancer. The AACR offers Scholar-in-Training Awards to enhance the education and training of early-career scientists by providing financial support for their attendance at AACR conferences and meetings. These awards are provided to offset a portion of the registration, travel, and subsistence expenses incurred in attending these programs. The number of awards available, award amounts, and application requirements, vary by conference. Please visit the meetings and workshops calendar for a list of upcoming programs and details on financial support available.

Highlighting Clinical and Postdoctoral Fellows

Leave your personal message of celebration/appreciation for a postdoc you know via Twitter using #AACRpostdoc #NPAW2019 and we will select a few messages to feature below, throughout the week!

The AACR is a proud sustaining member of the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA), which sponsors the annual National Postdoc Appreciation Week (NPAW). The AACR and NPAW are pleased to celebrate the contributions of clinical and postdoctoral scholars to cancer research and discovery.