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 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, anywhere in the world. 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. 

AACR Early-career Hill Day

The AACR Early-career Hill Day is an annual event that brings a group of AACR Associate members to Washington, D.C., to advocate for robust, sustained and predictable funding for cancer research and biomedical science through the NIH and the NCI, on behalf of early-career cancer researchers. Over the course of over 30 congressional visits during a single day, participants are able to stress how important it is to invest in the future of cancer research and provide their own personal perspectives as the investigators whose careers may be most impacted by the support of this essential funding. Accompanying them in a mentoring capacity is an established investigator from the AACR Science Policy and Government Affairs Committee. This event is an important opportunity for the AACR’s Associate members to engage in advocacy at the federal level and educate lawmakers on the progress and promise in cancer research.


The council is one of the AACR's many association groups that serve in an advisory capacity to the AACR. The council helps develop and support AACR programs and initiatives to address the needs and concerns of early-career investigators in cancer research and promotes Associate member recruitment, retention, and engagement. Annual Meeting programs organized by the council include professional advancement and special sessions featuring AACR senior scientists and recently transitioned early-stage cancer investigators, an AMC Meet and Greet, and informal programming in the Associate Member Resource and Career Center and AACR Amphitheater on the exhibit floor. Through its work within the AACR, the council supports Associate members, and all early-career cancer researchers, as they continue to advance in their careers.

General Resources for Early-career Scientists

AACR resources available to assist scientists early in their career:

Meet the New Incumbent AMC Chair-elect

Elected in December 2018 as the incumbent AMC Chair-elect, Robert "Bob" T. Jones, BS, MD-PhD student in the Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, has taken immediate office as a leader of the Associate Member Council (AMC). He will transition to AMC chair at the upcoming AACR Annual Meeting 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia, for the 2019-2020 service year.

"I am very honored and excited to become chair-elect of the Associate Member Council (AMC). Since joining the AMC, I have been continually impressed by the energy, teamwork, and initiative I’ve found in this group. I am very much looking forward to working with my fellow council members, and the AACR as a whole, to continue advocating for early-career investigators. Thanks to the AACR’s decision to waive dues for Associate members, we are expecting a significant influx of new Associate members to the AACR. I’m eager to find new ways to engage with, and provide support for, the growing number of Associate members, both through our existing programming and professional development-focused activities at the Annual Meeting, and throughout the year.

At our recent winter AMC meeting, we discussed several key goals for the year ahead. One important focus will be finding new ways to increase engagement with Associate members throughout the year. This is a priority we share moving forward, and I think this coming year will offer a number of new and collaborative approaches that will help us work towards this goal. Specifically, I am excited about the prospect of increased collaboration with other AACR constituency groups, such as Women in Cancer Research (WICR) and Minorities in Cancer Research (MICR). It is clear that there are many overlapping interests the AMC shares with these groups and partnering with them more will ensure maximum benefit to the entire Associate membership. Moreover, the AMC will continue to increase collaboration with the education- and policy- focused committees within the AACR in order to help create more high-value opportunities and resources. These will be available to Associate members coming from a diverse range of backgrounds and career stages, and who have a similarly diverse range of career aspirations.

Finally, as a current graduate student, I’m particularly eager to identify new ways to increase engagement with graduate students and earlier-stage Associate members, so that others in this stage of training get a better idea of the value this council and involvement with the AACR can offer. The AMC provides many excellent opportunities for networking, career exploration, professional development, mentorship, and a host of other valuable resources for early-career researchers. It is my hope to increase the ability of this council to share these benefits more broadly, and earlier on, in one’s training. I believe this could enable earlier-stage trainees to use what they have learned from AACR programing and resources, to shape their future training and maximize their chances of success in their chosen career path. This coming year will be an exciting time in the AACR for Associate members, and I’m very grateful to have the opportunity to help ensure the AMC continues to find new ways to provide meaningful and engaging support for our fellow early-career researchers."

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 AACR Associate members from any cancer research field at the graduate, medical student or resident, or clinical or postdoctoral stage of their career may apply to serve a three-year term on the AMC starting at the following year's Annual Meeting. 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.
  • 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 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)