Survivor-Researcher Mentor Program

The Survivor-Researcher Mentor Program provides travel scholarships for 20 leaders in the cancer advocacy community to attend the 2008 Cancer Survivorship Research Conference and interact with researchers working in the area of cancer survivorship. With the help of an assigned scientist-mentor, who will provide guidance during scientific discussions and presentations, participants will learn firsthand about emerging advances and opportunities in cancer survivorship science.

This program is designed to:

  • Provide an opportunity for cancer survivors and advocates to learn the latest in cancer survivorship research through conference attendance, small group discussions, and question and answer sessions with cancer researchers;
  • Enhance the conference experience for cancer researchers by providing opportunities for them to meet and talk with those whose lives are directly affected by cancer; and,
  • Provide a means of disseminating conference outcomes to cancer survivors and others in the cancer community.

Applicants will be selected based on their stated research advocacy experiences and their ability to identify areas of interest in survivorship research and to state how conference attendance will affect their advocacy work. Priority will be given to applicants who have not participated in this program at previous Cancer Survivorship Research Conferences.


In order to be considered for the program, applicants should meet the following criteria:

  1. Be a cancer survivor (includes co-survivors, family members, caregivers, and/or health care professionals).
  2. Have a functioning email address.
  3. Be affiliated with a cancer advocacy organization.
  4. Demonstrate a minimum level of interest in and familiarity with cancer survivorship research.
  5. Be willing to share their educational experience by disseminating information and knowledge gained from the conference and from interacting with mentors and other participants.
  6. Have at least one past experience in research advocacy through one of the activities below:
    • reviewed cancer research grant applications, or
    • worked as a SPORE (Specialized Program of Research Excellence) or Cooperative Group advocate, or
    • participated on NCI's scientific steering committees for clinical trials, or
    • been a past or present IRB, or
    • participated as a Federal Advisory Committee member - NCI, NIH, FDA, CDC, etc., or
    • attended a cancer research meeting (ASCO, AACR, ASH, ONS, SGO, etc.), or
    • participated in research policy groups such as the Cancer Leadership Council, planning groups, etc., or
    • recruited clinical trial participants and/or educated others about clinical trials, or
    • participated on a committee or advisory board for a research-related organization, or
    • trained others to participate in research advocacy activities, or
    • worked on a research related editorial board.
  7. Be willing and able to participate in all conference activities.

Required Survivor-Researcher Mentor Program activities include:

  • Pre-conference communication through email and/or phone with assigned mentor.
  • Pre-conference telephone briefing, 1 hour (date and time to be determined).
  • Pre-conference morning orientation session on June 18, 2008, which begins around 8:30 a.m. (after breakfast) and ends around noon.
  • Conference plenary sessions, concurrent symposia, and poster sessions from Wednesday, June 18, through Friday, June 20. The conference activities on Wednesday will begin at 1 p.m. and end around 7:30 p.m. On Thursday, the conference sessions will begin around 8 a.m. (after breakfast) and end around 7:30 p.m. On Friday, the conference activities, including a post-conference debriefing, will begin around 8:30 a.m. (after breakfast) and end mid-afternoon.


Registration fees for participants will be waived. Additionally, travel expenses for participants in the Survivor-Researcher Mentor Program will be provided, including airfare, lodging, and reasonable ground transportation costs. Breakfasts and lunches will be provided at the conference. Applicants should not make any travel plans until they are accepted into the program and have received specific instructions on how travel arrangements should be made.

Conference Date and Location

June 18-20, 2008
Grand Hyatt in Buckhead
Atlanta, Georgia

Application are no longer being accepted.

Applicants will receive notfications by email on May 1, 2008.