Read more about the application process and expected duties of the AMC.
Each applicant completes the online Application for Candidacy, which includes the submission of one's most recent CV (an NIH biographical sketch will not be accepted) and a letter of recommendation from his/her primary mentor* (*please note, a supplemental letter of endorsement will additionally be required/accepted
only if the primary mentor is not currently an AACR Active Member in good standing). All application and supplemental materials must be submitted via the online application form in PDF format.
Once the application period ends, members of the current council will conduct a thorough and intensive review of all eligible applications. Four new members of the council will be announced to begin their service term at the next AACR Annual Meeting. All applicants are notified of the status of their application, regardless of the decision.
Term of Office
Each member serves a three-year term of office that commences at the AACR Annual Meeting. Those elected in the 2020-2023 cycle will begin their service at the AACR Annual Meeting 2020 in San Diego, California and conclude their service at the AACR Annual Meeting 2023.
Duties of the AMC
Each year, four Associate Members are selected to serve three-year terms on the Associate Member Council (AMC). The AMC represents over 17,000 AACR graduate students, medical students and residents, and clinical and postdoctoral fellows (35 percent of the overall AACR membership) and provides a voice for early-career researchers to the AACR, serving in an advisory capacity. The AMC additionally helps develop initiatives and services to address the needs of early-career investigators in cancer research, provides a venue for collegial discussion about the challenges of a career in cancer research, helps provide recommendations on how to sustain this important workforce, and works with the AACR to recruit/retain/engage early-career researchers in the membership. People have joined the council to broaden their insights and network in the cancer research field, increase their likelihood and potential for future collaborations, learn more about the AACR, represent the membership, and help organize events to promote career development for early-career investigators.
To fulfill their service responsibilities, members of the AMC:
- Represent the interests and needs of early-career scientists to the AACR;
- Collaborate as needed with other entities within the AACR;
- Develop initiatives and services for early-career scientists, including programming, activities and events both at the AACR Annual Meeting and year-round;
- Facilitate communication among early-career scientists through peer-to-peer networking, mentorship, and collaboration with senior AACR members;
- Actively encourage and assist in the recruitment, retention and engagement of Associate members within AACR; and,
- Assist in the promotion of the AACR and its programs, among other projects.
In recognition of the extraordinary time commitments of early-career researchers, obligations related to AMC service are kept as manageable as possible. Throughout each year of service, council members participate in planning meetings, conference calls, receptions, and other events as official representatives of the AMC and the AACR. AMC members are expected to participate in monthly conference calls, attend all Annual Meetings during their term, attend an annual face-to-face planning meeting mid-year in Philadelphia, and periodically contribute to written materials. Typically, during the second or third year of service, AMC members are requested to chair various planning subcommittees.
Overall, potential applicants should be aware that serving on the AMC requires year-round contributions and regular participation in activities. Again, on average, the AACR strives to keep the workload and time commitment for each AMC member fairly manageable.
Notes from previous AMC Members about serving on the council:
"It exceeded my expectations. The people were so amazing to work with that they felt like friends..."
"Being part of the AMC was a great experience, and it was nice to contribute to programs for early-career scientists."
"I had a great time serving on the AMC, and thoroughly enjoyed contributing to its activities. It was a unique experience...I have learned a lot from interacting with the AACR staff and other AMC members."
"For me, there were really two primary reasons for being on the AMC. One was gaining leadership experience and connections in order to be able to make a bigger impact in cancer research down the line; the more important one to me, however, was helping other early-career scientists find their way in light of the changing landscape of cancer research."
Top of page