Young Investigator Awards

To promote growth and achievement amongst young investigators in the field of cancer biologics and to recognize excellence in the oral abstract and poster presentations submitted to the Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer's (SITC) Annual Meeting, SITC offers the Young Investigator Awards.

For the SITC Presidential Travel Awards, four abstracts submitted in any category and authored by young investigators were selected for oral presentation during the Presidential Session of the SITC Annual Meeting. Those presenting authors not selected for the SITC Presidential Award will receive a SITC Presidential Travel Award in recognition of their achievement.

SITC Travel Awards are given to a select number young investigators who submitted an abstract for the SITC Annual Meeting. The abstracts are judged by a committee of SITC leadership and SITC Annual Meeting organizers.

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For an annual listing of recipients, click the links below:

Presidential Travel Awards

Abstract Travel Awards

2016 SITC Presidential Travel Award Recipients

Jonathan Peled, MD, PhD
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Nicole Scharping
University of Pittsburgh

David Woods, PhD
NYU Langone Medical Center

Roberta Zappasodi, PhD*
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

2015 SITC Presidential Travel Award Recipients

Amir Al-Khami, PhD
Stanley S. Scott Cancer Center
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center

David Clever*
National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health

Dan Erkes
Thomas Jefferson University

Alena Gros, PhD
National Cancer Institute/National Institutes of Health - Surgery Branch

2014 SITC Presidential Travel Award Recipients

Sema Kurtulus, PhD
Center for Neurologic Diseases
Brigham & Women's Hospital

Marcela Maus, MD, PhD
University of Pennsylvania

Stefani Spranger, PhD
University of Chicago

Paul Thevenot, PhD
Stanley S. Scott Cancer Center
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center

2013 SITC Presidential Travel Award Recipients

Cara Haymaker, PhD
MD Anderson Cancer Center

Ileana S. Mauldin, PhD
University of Virginia

Paulo C. Rodriguez, PhD*
LSUHSC - Stanley S. Scott Cancer Center

Seng-Ryong Woo, PhD
University of Chicago

2012 SITC Presidential Travel Award Recipients

Cesar Evaristo, PhD
University of Chicago

Nathan Singh
University of Pennsylvania

Madhusudhanan Sukumar, PhD*
National Cancer Institute

Claire Vanpouille-Box, PhD
New York University

2011 SITC Presidential Travel Award Recipients

Joshua Brody, MD*
Stanford University Medical Center

Lenka V. Hurton
MD Anderson Cancer Center

Lorenzo Uccellini, PhD
National Institutes of Health

Yan Zheng, PhD
University of Chicago

2010 iSBTc Presidential Travel Award Recipients

Michael A. Curran, PhD*
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Evripidis Lanitis
University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine

Chao Ma, MS
California Institute of Technology

Robbert Spaapen, PhD
University of Chicago

2009 iSBTc Presidential Travel Award Recipients

David M. Barrett, MD, PhD
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Sid Kerkar, MD
National Cancer Institute, NIH

Justin P. Kline, MD
University of Chicago

Weiyi Peng, MD, PhD*
MD Anderson Cancer Center

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2016 SITC Abstract Travel Award Recipients

Ephraim A. Ansa-Addo, PhD, MSB
Medical University of South Carolina

Cristina Bergamaschi, PhD
National Cancer Institute at Frederick

Tullia C. Bruno, PhD
University of Pittsburgh

Fanny Chapelin, MS
University of California San Diego

Natalie Collins, MD, PhD
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Cara Haymaker, PhD
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Tyler Hulett
Providence Cancer Center

Michael Klichinsky, PharmD
Center for Cellular Immunotherapies
University of Pennsylvania

Daniel Landi, MD
Center for Gene & Cell Therapy
Baylor College of Medicine

Thomas Mace, PhD
Ohio State University

Kathleen M. Mahoney, MD, PhD
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Adam W. Mailloux, PhD
H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center

Melinda Mata, PhD
Center for Gene & Cell Therapy
Baylor College of Medicine

Alessandra Metelli
Medical University of South Carolina

Nicholas Minutolo
University of Pennsylvania

John Mullinax, MD
H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center

Sukhmani K. Padda, MD
Stanford University School of Medicine

Jonathan Schoenfeld, MD, MPH
Brigham and Women's Hospital Dana-Farber Cancer Center

Tala Shekarian
UCBL1 Centre Léon Bérard

John-William Sidhom
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Stefani Spranger, PhD
University of Chicago

Randy F. Sweis, MD
University of Chicago

Marie-Nicole Theodoraki, MD
University of Pittsburgh

Katy Tsai, MD
University of California San Francisco

Claire Vanpouille-Box, PhD
Weill Cornell Medicine

Jessica Wenthe
Uppsala University

Jason B. Williams
University of Chicago

2015 SITC Abstract Travel Award Recipients

Midan Ai, PhD
University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center

Challice Bonifant, MD, PhD
University of Michigan

Greg Delgoffe, PhD
University of Pittsburgh

Christopher DeRenzo, MD
Baylor College of Medicine

Matthew Farren, PhD
James Comprehensive Cancer Center,
The Ohio State University

Danny Khalil, MD, PhD
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Gary Kohanbash, PhD
University of California San Francisco

Giedre Krenciute, PhD
Baylor College of Medicine

Ileana Mauldin, PhD
University of Virginia

Zachary S. Morris, MD, PhD
University of Wisconsin
School of Medicine and Public Health

Douglas Palmer, PhD
National Cancer Institute/National Institutes of Health - Surgery Branch

Anna Pasetto, PhD
National Cancer Institute/National Institutes of Health - Surgery Branch

Alexandre Reuben, PhD
University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center

Gabrielle Romain, PhD
University of Houston

Manisha Singh, PhD
University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center

Sanja Stevanović, PhD
National Cancer Institute/National Institutes of Health - Surgery Branch

Madhusudhanan Sukumar, PhD
National Cancer Institute/National Institutes of Health - Surgery Branch

Siri Tähtinen. MSc
Cancer Gene Therapy Group, Medicum,
Haartman Institute, University of Helsinki

Li Tang, PhD
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Richard Tavare, PhD
University of California Los Angeles

Rieneke van de Ven, PhD
VU University Medical Center,
Cancer Center Amsterdam

Claire Vanpouille-Box, PhD
Weill Cornell Medical College

Kipp Weiskopf, MPhil
Stanford University School of Medicine

Erik Wennerberg, PhD
Weill Cornell Medical College

Jason B. Williams
University of Chicago

Katherine Woods, PhD
Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute

2014 SITC Abstract Travel Award Recipients

Jason R. Baird, PhD
Providence Portland Medical Center

Tiara Byrd, B.S.
Baylor College of Medicine

Emily K. Curran, MD
University of Chicago

Julie Diamond, B.S.
NYU School of Medicine

Yared Hailemichael, PhD
University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center

Dewan Md Sakib Hossain, PhD
City of Hope

Gary Kohanbash, PhD
University of California-San Francisco

Sara Labiano, MSc
Center for Applied Medical Research

Jing Li
Department of Pharmacy
School of Medicine
Tsinghua University
China

Douglas C. Palmer, PhD
National Cancer Institute

Michael Postow, MD
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Emanuela Romano, MD, PhD
University Hospital of Lausanne

Ayelet Sivan
University of Colorado

Eric Tran, PhD
National Institutes of Health/
National Cancer Institute

Nicholas Tschernia, B.S.
Pediatric Oncology Branch
National Cancer Institute

Claire Vanpouille-Box, PhD
New York University School of Medicine

2013 SITC Abstract Travel Award Recipients

Helen K. Angell, PhD
INSERM

Christian S. Hinrichs, MD
National Cancer Institute, Surgery Branch

Sander Kelderman, MD
NKI-AVL

Karsten A. Pilones, MD, PhD
NYU School of Medicine

David Schaer, PhD
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Anil Shanker, PhD
Meharry Medical College/Vanderbilt-Ingram Comprehensive Cancer Center

2012 SITC Abstract Travel Awards Recipients

Maria Libera Ascierto, PhD
National Institutes of Health

Michael Postow, MD
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

David Rushworth
MD Anderson Cancer Center

Huimin Tao
University of Michigan

Seng-Ryong Woo, PhD
University of Chicago

Yan Yang
MD Anderson Cancer Center

2011 SITC Travel Award Recipients

Jessica A. Chacon
University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center

Drew Deniger
University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center

Evripidis Lanitis
University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine

Petra Prinz, PhD
Institute of Molecular Immunology

Emanuela Romano, MD
University of Lausanne

Seng-Ryong Woo, PhD
University of Chicago

2010 iSBTc Travel Award Recipients

Maria Libera Ascierto
National Institutes of Health, CC, DTM

Davide Bedognetti, MD
National Institutes of Health, CC, DTM

Arianna Calcinotto
San Raffaele Scientific Institute

Mitsugu Fujita, MD, PhD
University of Pittsburgh

Pawel Muranski, MD
National Cancer Institute – CCR

Julie Urban
University of Pittsburgh

2009 iSBTc Travel Award Recipients

Andrea Facciabene, PhD
University of Pennsylvania

Weiqing Jing
Medical College of Wisconsin

Christy Ralph
Paterson Institute for Cancer Research

Maria Grazia Ruocco, PhD
New York University - School of Medicine, Skirball Institute

Jochen Schaefer, MD
University of Virginia

Ryan Sullivan, MD
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

 *Denotes Presidential Award recipient