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MICR Council Call for Nominations

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR THE 2022-2025 TERM

The Minorities in Cancer Research Council (MICR) is accepting nominations of individuals who are interested in serving on the MICR Council for the 2022-2025 term.  All AACR-MICR Active, Emeritus, and Honorary members in good standing who support the goals of the MICR and are interested in serving on the Council are eligible for consideration as nominees. 

The MICR has embarked on an exciting and ambitious program for the next year. The council is eager to add additional members to this leadership group who will support its efforts to increase the participation and visibility of minority scientists at all career levels, impact the planning of programs and services that foster the career development and professional advancement of minority scientists, and provide input into issues addressing the disparities in cancer incidence and mortality faced by minorities and the medically underserved. 

Here are a few quotes from MICR council members about their experience during their service:

“My interest in joining the MICR Council is to increase the number of minority scientists conducting cancer research through programs within the AACR. Minority cancer researchers are a vital part of decreasing health disparities in cancers that affect minorities at a high rate when compared to other groups. In addition to developing more minority cancer researchers, we must increase their visibility and develop programs that will enhance their funding capacity.” – Beverly D. Lyn-Cook, PhD 

“It has been a great privilege to serve on the MICR Council. Being a MICR Council member has brought me into a network far beyond anything I could have imagined. The fellowship and working with the council on programs and initiatives to support minority investigators has made this experience a true blessing both professionally and personally.” – Rick A. Kittles, PhD 

“I am honored and humbled to have been elected to be part of the AACR-MICR Council.  Since early in my doctoral training, I became involved in the AACR and participated in MICR programs that allowed me to see first-hand the importance of promoting and advancing minority scholars by providing resources, networking opportunities, and a forum for scientific development.” – Marcia R. Cruz-Correa, MD, PhD

 “As a trainee, I’ve always looked up to the MICR Council members and appreciated their initiatives and passion to support minority investigators. Now being elected, it is a tremendous honor to work alongside this group of elite, very successful individuals who support the professional development of minority investigators while continuing their work in cancer research.” – Clayton C. Yates, PhD

Eligibility Requirements

MICR members who are Active, Emeritus, and Honorary members of the AACR are eligible to serve. There are no country or residency restrictions. Nominations are encouraged from members in all work settings (academia including Minority-Serving Institutions, industry, government, etc.) who support MICR’s mission, are passionate about this important area, and can dedicate time working with fellow members to contribute to efforts. 

NOMINATION PACKAGE 

Nominations are strongly encouraged.  A complete nomination will consist of the following:

  1. Submission of the Official Application via the myAACR portal.  The application will include: 
    • a summary of the nominee’s research interests/expertise 
    • description of nominee’s past and current activities in support of minorities investigators; diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts in cancer research; and disparities research 
    • a statement describing why the nominee would like to serve on the MICR Council/the value the nominee will contribute as a member of the MICR Council
  2. Nominee curriculum vitae with bibliography (list of publications) 
  3. Letter of Nomination 

Deadline to submit nominations: Friday, October 22, 2021 

ELECTION AND NOTIFICATION

Three new members will be elected to the MICR Council for the 2022-2025 term. All complete nominations will be considered.  Notification will be sent in late December.

Contact [email protected] with any questions and for more information.