Annual Cancer Prevention Fellows' Scientific Symposium

A group of CPFP fellows gathered at NCI Shady Grove.

The Annual Cancer Prevention Fellows’ Scientific Symposium is held each fall. The symposium brings together senior fellows, new fellows, and the CPFP staff for a day of scientific exchange in the area of cancer prevention. The event provides an opportunity for fellows to discuss their projects, ideas, and potential future collaborations. Fellows plan the symposium, including developing the program agenda and special workshops, and selecting invited speakers.

Fellows' Research Meetings

Between September and June, Cancer Prevention Fellows and CPFP scientific staff attend the weekly Fellows' Research Meeting, where fellows formally present their research. Fellows' preceptors and invited guests are welcome to attend.

Cancer Prevention and Control Colloquia Series

Following the Fellows' Research Meeting, fellows attend the Cancer Prevention and Control Colloquia Series. These seminars feature leading scientists in the field of cancer prevention and control. Each fellow has the opportunity to invite prominent investigators in his/her discipline to present at these NCI-sponsored lectures.

Grants and Grantsmanship Workshop

The CPFP provides formal training in grantsmanship through a Grants and Grantsmanship Workshop each year. In addition to providing didactic and practical experiences in the grants process, a major goal of the workshop is to facilitate successful applications for research funds for all interested fellows. This training is designed to prepare each fellow for this critical next step in his or her career. Demonstrating an ability to develop and organize ideas into a well-written proposal will be a major determinant in many hiring and promotion decisions.

Presentation Skills Course

To help Cancer Prevention Fellows improve their communication and presentation skills, NCI provides formal public speaking training. This four-day workshop is offered twice annually, usually in January and February. Didactic instruction addresses the parts and structures of a scientific presentation, systematic approaches to presentation preparation, critical techniques for clear delivery, and ways to respond to audience questions. The workshop includes individual skills assessment, coaching, and evaluation of fellows’ progress through both peer and instructor feedback.

Leadership and Professional Development Training

Success in the field of cancer prevention is based upon leadership skills, professional excellence, and mastery of one's scientific discipline. Our goal is to help Cancer Prevention Fellows maximize their individual potential for leadership and scientific contribution. In addition to seminars, workshops, and mentoring in professional development, CPFP provides a Leadership Training Series to meet the individual needs of its fellows. These activities are designed to prepare individuals for the transition from postdoctoral fellows to successful, independent scientists and professionals in cancer prevention.

Additional Training Opportunities

Fellows may also participate in academic courses in subject areas relevant to cancer prevention and control. These courses are typically offered by schools of public health, departments of preventive medicine and epidemiology, the U.S. Federal Government, and other organizations. Such training will be considered in cases where institutional regulations permit and where the learning experience is expected to significantly enhance the fellow’s research capabilities.

Field Experiences

Fellows may choose to pursue field experiences at institutions outside the NIH that are currently engaged in cancer prevention research, cancer surveillance, cancer control applications, or other related activities. These experiences, usually at local institutions, are typically brief and require prior approval by CPFP leadership.