Early Career Scientists

The leadership of SITC is proud to support the development of the next generation of cancer researchers in the field of cancer immunotherapy. SITC seeks to actively engage the broader oncology community to support research in cancer immunology and immunotherapy by supporting the research initiatives of early career investigators.

The Early Career Scientist (ECS) Committee was established to partner with SITC leadership to address the needs of early career scientists. The mission of the ECS Committee is to promote career development by utilizing the core knowledge and experience of established SITC members and to provide access to the support and resources that early career scientists require to succeed. Members of the ECS Committee include students, post doctoral fellows-in-training and early career professionals in academia, industry and regulatory agencies.

The ECS Committee organized several events for SITC 2013 to connect early career scientists with leaders in
the field of cancer immunotherapy on a variety of career development topics. These events were intended for graduate, medical and postbaccalaureate students; clinical fellows; postdoctoral fellows; assistant professors; and other early career professionals.

Evening Networking Event

Attendees were encourage to meet their colleagues in the field of cancer immunotherapy at an informal networking event on Friday, November 8. All students and early career scientists were invited to attend this FREE event which took take place at Harrington's Pub and Kitchen.

Meet-the-Expert Breakfast

Experts in the field facilitated round table discussions on important issues related to career development at the Meet-the-Expert Breakfast from 7:15 am - 8:00 am on Friday, November 8.

Professional Development Session: A Survival Guide for Young Scientists

Early career scientists were invited to explore the exciting possibilities a career in cancer immunotherapy has to offer at the Professional Development Session from 12:05 pm - 3:05 pm on Sunday, November 10. This event educated young investigators about relevant career development topics that lead to success in the field of cancer immunotherapy.

Young Investigator Awards

This year, SITC once again offer 10 Young Investigator Awards in conjunction with the SITC 28th Annual Meeting. Award recipients are chosen based on excellence in quality of research and presentation, the strength of the results and methods, and whether the reported research significantly advances the field.


A representative from the ECS Committee serves on each SITC committee and task force, participating in discussions and movements that guide progress in the field of cancer immunotherapy.

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