​​AACR-Undergraduate Scholar Awards

The American Association for Cancer Research is pleased to offer Science Education Awards for Undergraduate Students for participation in two consecutive AACR Annual Meetings. Available to full-time, third-year undergraduate students majoring in science, the purpose of these awards is to inspire promising science students to enter the field of cancer research. A separate application form is required. Applications for the AACR Annual Meeting 2020 are now OPEN.


These two-year awards are intended to inspire young science students to enter the field of cancer research and provide a unique educational opportunity for these students in the development of their careers in science.

Financial Support

The following financial support will be provided to awardees:

  • A waiver of registration fees for participation in two consecutive AACR Annual Meetings (the AACR Annual Meeting 2020, April 25-29, 2020, in San Diego, California; and the AACR Annual Meeting 2021, April 10-14, 2021, in Washington, D.C.).
  • Stipend each year for expenses incurred in connection with attendance at each annual meeting. (Remaining money can also be applied toward related school projects and events throughout the year.) The award must be forfeited if an awardee is unable to attend an annual meeting.
  • According to IRS regulations, the award is subject to federal income tax. A 1099 misc tax form will be issued to all awardees at year-end for the amount of the award.


  • Candidates must be full-time, third-year undergraduate students majoring in science. Applications from students who are not yet committed to cancer research are welcome.


  • Awardees are required to participate in two consecutive AACR Annual Meetings.
  • Awardees must attend scientific sessions at each meeting for a minimum of four days.
  • Awardees are required to submit two annual reports each year commenting on the sessions they attended at each of the two annual meetings, as well as on the other activities they are pursuing.

AACR Annual Meeting 2020

Applications for the AACR Annual Meeting 2020 are now OPEN.

How to Apply

  • Applications for the AACR Annual Meeting 2020 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 this award application.

Required Application Materials

  • Application Form/Online Application. Provide all information requested. The applicant must list at least one mentor in a faculty capacity (i.e. department head, advisor, etc.) at their institution who could certify the information in the application upon request.
  • Personal statement written by the candidate (no longer than one page in length) describing the benefit he/she expects to derive from attending the conference and the reasons for the candidate's interest in the conference.
  • Two letters of reference from faculty members from the applicant's institution or an institution that the applicant has attended. The letters should be addressed to the Undergraduate Scholar  Awards Committee, and should comment on the applicant's academic and personal qualifications for this award. Letters of recommendation should always be on letterhead with visible signatures.
  • A copy of the abstract submitted for presentation at the meeting (if applicable). Candidates must indicate the temporary abstract number.
  • Curriculum vitae or resume.

Past Awardees

Congratulations! 2019 Awardees.

Contact Information

AACR Membership Department
Phone: 215-440-9300