The Merit Award is open to oncology trainees who are first authors on abstracts selected for presentation at an ASCO scientific meeting, including the ASCO Annual Meeting or smaller thematic meetings.
Based on funding availability at the time of the Award, a limited number of Merit Awards will be awarded to fellows and residents whose research is addressed in high-quality abstracts submitted to an ASCO Meeting and recognized for its scientific merit. Recipients of Merit Awards are honored with the opportunity to present their abstract at the Annual Meeting and ASCO thematic meetings and to receive $1,000 in monetary support, complimentary registration for the ASCO Meeting and access to reserved Meeting housing. Merit Award candidates must apply for the award at the time of abstract submission
Applicants (first author) must meet the following criteria to be considered for an Annual Meeting Merit Award:
- Hold a doctoral degree (including but not limited to MD, DO, PharmD, or PhD) or be a doctoral degree candidate at the time of abstract submission
- Be enrolled in an oncology fellowship training program or equivalent training program at the time of abstract submission
- Work in an oncology laboratory or clinical research setting
- Agree to present the abstract at the Annual Meeting
- Provide a letter of support from his or her Training Program Director, indicating eligibility for the award
- Provide a two-page curriculum vitae
Merit Awards are also given for the following meetings subject to the availability of funding:
- ASCO Annual Meeting
- ASCO-SITC Clinical Immuno-Oncology Symposium
- Cancer Survivorship Symposium
- Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium
- Genitourinary Cancers Symposium
- Molecular Markers in Cancer Meeting
- Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium
- Quality Care Symposium
Special Merit Awards
Special Merit Awards are presented to trainees and junior faculty who have the top-ranking abstracts for the ASCO Annual Meeting. In addition to the stipend, recipients receive a plaque and are recognized at the ASCO Annual Meeting.
Bradley Stuart Beller Special Merit Award ($2,000)
This award is given to the fellow who has the highest ranking abstract overall in the Merit Award category as determined by the Scientific Program Committee. The award is funded through the Bradley Stuart Beller Endowment Fund.
Brigid Leventhal Special Merit Award
This award is given to the fellow who submitted the top abstract in Pediatric Oncology as determined by the Scientific Program Committee.
Pain Special Merit Award
This award is given to the fellow who submitted the top abstract in Pain and Symptom Management Research as determined by the Scientific Program Committee.
Allen S. Lichter, MD Endowed Merit Award
This award was established by the Conquer Cancer Foundation in 2016 to recognize Dr. Allen S. Lichter (CEO of ASCO and CCF, 2006-2016), his leadership and his meritorious contributions to advancing cancer research, education, quality of care, and global oncology. The award is given to a fellow who submitted a high-ranking abstract as determined by the Scientific Program Committee.
James B. Nachman ASCO Junior Faculty Award in Pediatric Oncology ($3,000)
This award was established in memory of James B. Nachman, MD, Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Chicago and an internationally renowned pediatric cancer expert. It is endowed through the James B. Nachman Pediatric Oncology Fund and will be given each year to a junior faculty member who submits the highest ranking abstract in pediatric oncology for the ASCO Annual Meeting as determined by the ASCO Scientific Program Committee. The recipient will receive $3,000 in monetary support to attend the Annual Meeting, complimentary registration for the Annual meeting and access to reserved Meeting housing. Candidates must apply for this award at the time of abstract submission.
The First Author must meet all of the following requirements to be considered for the James B. Nachman ASCO Junior Faculty Award in Pediatric Oncology:
- Hold a medical or doctoral degree (MD, PhD, DO, or DNP)
- Be within 7 years of their first faculty appointment at the time of abstract submission
- Conduct laboratory, population-based, or clinical research focused on childhood cancer
- Agree to present the abstract at the ASCO Annual Meeting
- In addition, the abstract must be selected for presentation in an Oral Abstract Session
Abstract Submission Deadlines:
2017 Cancer Survivorship Symposium: October 4, 2016 at 11:59 PM EDT (Closed)
2017 ASCO-SITC Clinical Immuno-Oncology Symposium: October 18th, 2016 at 11:59 PM EST (Closed)
2017 Genitourinary Cancers Symposium: October 25th, 2016 at 11:59 PM EST
2017 Quality Care Symposium: November 8, 2016 at 11:59 PM EST
2017 Annual Meeting: February 7, 2017 at 11:59 PM EST
2016 Annual Meeting Merit Award Recipients
Conquer Cancer Foundation
Gilead Sciences, Inc.
Kidney Cancer Association
Jackson G. Simpson
This list reflects commitments as of April 27, 2016.
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