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Young Investigator Awards Policy

Qualifying first authors of abstracts submitted to the MASCC/ISOO Annual Meeting may apply for a Young Investigator Award.  
A link to the online application will be sent in the letter confirming receipt of the abstract.

Abstract submission and award application must be completed prior to the regular abstract submission deadline.
Abstracts submitted for the early abstract deadline are also eligible.

I. Purpose

The Young Investigator Awards recognize outstanding young investigators’ research accomplishments.

II. Scope

The award is open to all junior investigators who have submitted an abstract to the MASCC Annual Meeting. Young Investigator Awards are awarded to the first authors of the 10 abstracts with the highest scores.  These abstracts are chosen from the top 20 percent of all abstracts submitted to the symposium. In addition, the Outstanding Young Investigator Award will go to the Young Investigator with the highest-ranked abstract.  The awards are presented at the MASCC Annual Meeting.

III. Award

The award consists of (1) complimentary conference registration and (2) reimbursement of travel expenses up to an amount determined annually by the MASCC Executive Board.

IV. Eligibility

  1. Candidates must be in training or out of training for no more than seven (7) years. Candidates who have career disruptions are still eligible provided they are no more than 7 years full time equivalent out of training. Training is defined as any clinical or post-graduate training.
  2. Candidates can be from any country.
  3. Candidates may be from any profession.
  4. Candidates must submit an abstract as first author to the MASCC Annual Meeting.
  5. Candidates must have primarily conducted the research presented in the abstract.
  6. Candidates do not have to be members of MASCC, but must register for the meeting and must be able to present their abstract at the meeting. If a candidate is unable to be present at the meeting, then the award is forfeited. 
  7. Candidates who have previously been awarded a Young Investigator Award are ineligible to reapply.
  8. Applicants may be asked to write a brief report after the meeting and also to complete a short post-meeting evaluation.


I. Application Process

  1. Candidates must apply for the award at the time of abstract submission.
  2. Abstract submission and award application must be completed prior to the deadline for the abstract submission for the Annual Meeting.
  3. Application for the Young Investigator Award is made via online application at the Annual Meeting website. A link to the application form will be sent in the letter confirming receipt of the abstract.

II. Selection Process

  1. Abstracts will be reviewed and scored by the MASCC Annual Meeting Scientific Committee.
  2. All abstracts will be ranked in descending order by mean score.
  3. Up to 10 of the highest-ranked abstracts submitted by eligible Young Investigators will be chosen from among the top 20 percent of all abstracts submitted.
  4. These abstracts will be reviewed by the Awards Committee and ad hoc reviewers (if appropriate). From among these, the first author of the highest-ranked abstract will be named Outstanding Young Investigator.
  5. Reimbursement will be made on-site in cash or check or after the meeting by bank transfer.

For more information or questions, contact Melissa Chin, MASCC Executive Director at [email protected]