SITC 2017 Awards

The Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer's (SITC) 2017 awards recognized the lifetime achievements of a key leader, as well as support the advancement of early career scientists and up-and-coming researchers in the cancer immunotherapy field.

In celebration of the society’s 32nd year of advancing cancer immunotherapy worldwide, SITC presented 32 travel awards to young investigators recognizing excellence in novel research, providing young investigators with the experience necessary for successful careers and acknowledging the need for the next generation of cancer immunologists to engage with luminaries in the field. All awards were supported by the Forward Fund.

To learn more about past SITC award recipients, visit SITC Cancer Immunotherapy CONNECT.

SITC 2017 Award Ceremony
6 – 6:30 p.m., Nov. 11
Maryland Ballroom

The Award Ceremony featured recipients of the 2017 Young Investigator Awards, 2017 Presidential Award, JITC Best Paper Award, Connect-a-Colleague Award, as well as the recipients of SITC's 2017 fellowships.


Richard V. Smalley, MD Memorial Award

In memory of past society president and charter member, Dr. Richard V. Smalley, SITC is proud to present the Richard V. Smalley, MD Memorial Award each year to a recognizable clinician or scientist and luminary in the field that has significantly contributed to the advancement of cancer immunotherapy research.

Established in 2005, the society’s most prestigious award serves to honor those that have been pioneers in their work and made a notable impact worthy of high regard and recognition by their peers.

Learn about the 2017 Smalley Award recipient, Paul M. Sondel, MD, PhD. Also, click here to view past recipients.

Fellowship Awards 

SITC was proud to offer the 2017 Cancer Immunotherapy Fellowship Awards. The Fellowship Award program was established through SITC's Forward Fund to support the development of young investigators in the field in order to cultivate the next generation of cancer immunotherapy experts. Recipients were be announced in the summer of 2017.

  • SITC's Holbrook Kohrt, MD, PhD Cancer Immunotherapy Translational Memorial Fellowship Award Sponsored by Genentech
  • SITC-Merck Immunotherapy in Lung Cancer Clinical Fellowship Award
  • NCI Immunotherapy Fellowship Co-sponsored by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) of the National Institutes of Health and SITC, and made possible in part by an educational grant from EMD Serono

SITC Young Investigator Awards*

Beginning in 1991, SITC established the Presidential Award to recognize the young investigator deemed to have the most outstanding oral abstract presentation at the SITC Annual Meeting. From there, SITC expanded its award opportunities and created the Abstract Travel Awards in 2008.

Now in 2017, SITC will offer 32 Young Investigator Awards, all recognizing excellence in novel research and providing young investigators with the experience necessary for successful careers. 

Click here to view a list of past recipients.

*All Young Investigator Awards required SITC membership to qualify. Renew your dues or apply for SITC membership.

JITC Best Paper Awards

The JITC Best Paper Awards celebrated excellence in scientific research and are awarded to researchers demonstrating leadership in the field as well as innovation and high-quality execution and discussion in their manuscripts.

  • JITC Best Basic Science Research Paper - Articles nominated in this category present innovative research in basic medical sciences that have a direct relevance to future research in clinical medicine.
  • JITC Best Clinical/Translational Research Paper - Papers in this category present clinical research that has a clear potential to optimize patient care, with particular emphasis on high quality randomized controlled trials, novel combination treatments, therapies, novel diagnostic or prognostic insights and new insights into mechanism of action.


Launched in November 2015, the Connect-a-Colleague campaign was designed to encourage members to personally reach out and invite potential members to join the society. An online tool was created for members to refer multiple potential members at a time. New members were also encouraged to identify SITC members who referred them for membership.