SITC is pleased to announce the reinvigoration of the society’s innovative program designed to foster leadership development, collaborations and scientific exchange among early career investigators who are emerging leaders in the field of cancer immunotherapy: Sparkathon Accelerator: Emerging Leaders Igniting Innovation.
Accepted applicants into this elite program will participate for free and receive travel reimbursement to SITC Sparkathon Accelerator, being held prior to SITC’s 36th Annual Meeting & Pre-Conference Programs (SITC 2021).
This two-year program will kick off with an in-person retreat Nov. 9–10, 2021, prior to SITC 2021, in Washington, D.C. Sparkathon Class of 2021 participants will present their research on this year’s chosen topic of mechanisms of resistance to peers and luminaries in this area of the field. Participants will learn from each other and receive guidance from the experts in a synergistic and intimate environment.
In addition to addressing hurdles that mechanisms of resistance pose to the field, SITC’s Sparkathon Accelerator explores topics specifically designed for emerging leaders in the cancer immunotherapy field, including:
Participants will spend one-and-a-half days with the top early career investigators and luminaries in the field to advance their work and accelerate the study of mechanisms of resistance through new knowledge gained, convergent field discussions and long-term cross institutional collaboration. Sparkathon Class of 2021 participants will continue to meet each year at SITC’s Annual Meeting with future Sparkathon Classes, creating a broad network of early career scientists focused on moving the field forward.
Participants must be a SITC student member or regular member in good standing. The Sparkathon target audience will be early career physicians and scientists (MD, PhD or MD/PhD) who are in the last few years of their postdoctoral fellowship, medical fellowship, or residency or are junior faculty members (within one year of appointment and do not hold an R01 or equivalent funding) or within the last year obtained a full time position in government, industry, pharma or similar. Applicants must submit an application by 5 p.m. PDT on August 16. Complete applications will consist of: a. cover letter; b. letter of recommendation from outside your home institute; c. recommendation from inside your institute; d. statement of purpose; e. specific aims page OR research summary; and f. the applicant’s NIH biosketch.Applicants should exhibit dedication and research related to the 2021 Sparkathon Accelerator topic, “Mechanisms of Resistance in Cancer Immunotherapy.” Please review the complete application requirements and review criteria for further information.
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