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Nomination Deadline: Monday, March 16th, 2020

AACR-Minorities in Cancer Research (MICR) is celebrating its 20th Anniversary in 2020. MICR is so very pleased to have reached this milestone, honored to witness the development and success of some of the most influential researchers in the cancer field and excited to celebrate the accomplishments and excellence of the extraordinary individuals who have made significant contributions to supporting minority investigators in cancer research over the past 20 years.

The celebration will begin at the AACR Annual Meeting 2020, taking place April 24-29, 2020, in San Diego, California. In celebration of 20 years of service to the cancer research community, MICR will recognize individuals for their outstanding achievement as cancer professionals who have demonstrated long-standing service and sustained notable commitment to the goals and mission of the MICR.

I. Trailblazer: Exemplar Scientific Achievement

Criteria:  These individuals have meritorious scientific achievements and have impacted the field of cancer research.

II. Champion: Role Model

Criteria:  These individuals have made significant impressions as a role model and have a track record of being champions for diversity in cancer research training and workforce development.

Requirements for Nomination for Trailblazer and Champion
The nominee must have demonstrated a commitment to the mission of MICR either by providing direct service to AACR-MICR via council or committee service or by having made important contributions to the advancement of the careers of minority scientists and/or cancer disparities research. Eligible candidates are cancer professionals with significant contributions and commitment to the MICR mission and affiliated with institutions in academia, industry or government. The nominee must be an AACR-MICR member.

III. Rising Star Award: Recognizing Early-Career Researchers as Emerging Leaders

Criteria: The MICR Rising Star recognizes an emerging leader in the field of cancer research, training and workforce whose record reflects ongoing contributions to the mission of MICR.

Requirements for Nomination: An individual at the early-career stages of their training and research career whose innovative work signals great potential for their continued contributions. Individuals must show uncommon promise in thinking strategically and innovatively that will advance the mission of MICR. The nominee should exhibit exceptional and/or accelerated growth and increased levels of leadership and responsibility. Successful nominees will have not yet reached a mid-career/senior level position (assistant professor level and below), but their track record should reflect strong potential for appointment at the highest levels of the profession.

Required criteria for the Nomination:

  1. The nominee must be a current AACR-MICR member
  2. The nominee must be at the Assistant Professor level or lower
  3. The nominee must have demonstrated significant contributions to the MICR mission
  4. The nominee must have been a recipient of an AACR Minority and Minority-Serving Institution Faculty Scholar Award, Minority Scholar in Cancer Research Award, career development award, fellowship and/or other grant funding for research or training (federal or private)

IV. Supporter: In Appreciation to Survivors/Advocates and Legislators

Criteria: MICR will recognize survivors/advocates and legislators who support the goals and mission of MICR.

Submit your nominations here!

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