Early Career Scientist (ECS) Committee

Early Career Scientist (ECS) Committee

The Early Career Scientist (ECS) Committee oversees the activities of the organization specifically for those in the early stages of their career as well as activities directed to entice others to consider a career in cancer immunotherapy basic and translational research. The committee provides recommendations about how the society can provide opportunities to meet the needs of these early career professionals as well as develop those early in their career into the future leaders of the organization and of the scientific community.


Claire Vanpouille-Box, PhD
Weill Cornell Medicine



Saman Maleki, PhD
Western University

Activities at the 38th Annual Meeting & Pre-Conference Programs

Early Career Scientist Networking Events 

SITC knows the future of the cancer immunotherapy field relies on the contributions of early career scientists. From access to grants, fellowships and professional development opportunities, to invitations to present at high-profile meetings; as well as the mentoring and networking opportunities at our Annual Meeting listed below, a SITC membership is an invaluable resource for any young investigator.
 An annual Student/Scientist-in-Training Membership is available for only $50. Join today at sitcancer.org/join.

Times and program schedule subject to change.

Early Career Scientist Speed Mentoring Event

The inaugural ECS Speed Mentoring Event will provide early career scientists the opportunity to receive mentorship from an expert in the field of cancer immunotherapy in a one-on-one setting. Hosted by SITC's Early Career Scientist Committee, mentees will be matched with an expert mentor in one of the following three categories: industry/non-academic careers, basic/translational science, or clinical science. SITC membership is required for this in-person mentoring event and mentees will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis.

Networking Reception 

This event, hosted by the Early Career Scientist Committee, will allow all early career scientist attendees to meet colleagues and make early connections that can be fostered throughout the rest of the conference. Join us to learn about the yearly activities of the Early Career Scientist Committee, the society’s year-round commitment to young investigators, and how you can get involved.

Meet-the-Expert Lunch

The Meet-the-Expert Lunch will focus on unique issues related to early career scientist career development and will give the opportunity to in-person attendees to interact with experts in key fields of immunotherapy. Information will be provided on different relevant topics in a setting that fosters attendee/expert interactions and provides networking opportunities with leaders in the field. Experts will answer questions and lead informal dialogue during a one-hour roundtable lunch to help provide guidance and direction.

The Node

SITC's Early Career Scientist Hub, The Node, is specifically designed for early career attendees to network, collaborate and relax during SITC 2023. 

Grant Writing Workshop

Hosted both in-person and virtually, this features two sessions. The first session will open with an overview of the grant submission process, briefly outlining funding opportunities and how to navigate those. Session one will also address critical points of government and private sector grant submissions. The second session will consist of a “mini-study section,” allowing attendees to experience how a study section evaluates a grant proposal, which will help attendees identify points that determine the success or failure of a grant proposal and help them optimize the process of grant re-submission.

SITC Early Career Scientists