What is the Associate Member Council?

Since its inception in 1996, the Associate Member Council has served as the leadership body of the associate members of the AACR who are made up of over 13,000 graduate students, medical students and residents, and clinical and postdoctoral fellows who are enrolled in educational or training programs leading to careers in cancer research. The members of the council, who serve three-year terms, develop programs that address the particular needs of early-career scientists. Additionally, the council acts as an advisory body to the AACR leadership on issues of concern to the next generation of cancer researchers.



The council supports the AACR's mission to prevent and cure cancer by promoting the professional development of early-career scientists throughout the world. The goal of the council is to foster excellence in cancer research through initiatives related to communications, education and training, and collaboration. 


Annual Meeting programs organized by the council include an annual grant-writing workshop, professional advancement and special sessions featuring AACR senior scientists, an AMC Member Meet and Greet, and informal programming in the Associate Member Resource and Career Center on the exhibit floor. Year-round, the council produces a quarterly e-bulletin for associate members and every three years the council develops a survey to assess the needs of and evaluate the progress of AACR's early-career scientists. In 2015, the AMC initiated three AMC Committees - the Communications, Fundraising and Program committees. Made up of associate members, and each led by an AMC member, these committees are a way for the AMC and AACR to further engage with the membership year-round.

Get involved

  • Apply to serve. Acting as an advisory body to the AACR leadership, the AMC reflects the diversity represented by the growing and ever-changing needs of AACR Associate Members. Early-career scientists from any cancer research field at the graduate, medical student or resident, and clinical or postdoctoral stage of their career may apply during the summer to serve a three-year term on the AMC starting the following spring. Four candidates are selected annually to join the AMC based on their research strengths, leadership experience, commitment and capacity to take on extracurricular roles, and the diversity they could provide.
  • Volunteer your time to help with our programming at the Annual Meeting and throughout the year by considering involvement in one of the AMC Committees.
  • Attend our AMC-organized sessions at the Annual Meeting and participate in discussions with AMC and AACR leadership.
  • Network with the AMC and other associate members in the Associate Member Resource and Career Center at the Annual Meeting.
  • Follow us on Twitter and actively participate in the conversations (@AACR #aacramc) or join our LinkedIn group the AACR Early-career Researcher Network
  • Participate in our surveys and provide feedback and suggestions on a regular basis through our website, email or social media channels.
  • Support the current and new initiatives designed to meet the changing needs of the Associate membership. The AMC seeks support of its initiatives related to communications, education and training, and collaboration. If you would like to support the AMC initiatives and programs, please let us know.

Contact Information

American Association for Cancer Research
615 Chestnut Street, 17th floor
Philadelphia, PA 19106-4404
Phone: 215-440-9300

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AACR Early-career Researcher Network (Review the group rules)