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Christopher J. Marshall Award

Christopher Marshall

As announced at the 2015 SMR congress in San Francisco, the Society for Melanoma Research in partnership with the Melanoma Research Foundation will present a new annual award at the Society for Melanoma Research Congresses. The Christopher J. Marshall Award For Studies on Signal Transduction and Melanoma will be presented to:

  1. A current student,
  2. A current postdoctoral fellow or;
  3. A new independent PI who is within eight years of the receipt of his/her terminal degree.

The key criteria for the award is that the nominee must have made a substantial published and original contribution to studies of signal transduction and melanoma within the previous two years. This focus on students, fellows or new PIs is in keeping with Chris Marshall’s dedication to mentoring and training new generations of cancer scientists. Note that studies in signal transduction and melanoma are viewed broadly and are considered to encompass signaling within the melanoma cell as well as within cells of the host microenvironment, including immune cells.

Here are some salient details of the nomination and evaluation process:

  1. Nominations may be made by any scientist, whether an SMR member or non-member, who is currently affiliated with any institution involved in melanoma research, melanoma medicine, or melanoma-related biomedical science. Candidates may not nominate themselves. Nominations are limited to one per nominator and should be submitted through the award website. Click here to submit.
  2. Nominations must consist of:
    1. Complete contact information for the nominator and the nominee.
    2. The nominee’s full CV.
    3. A list, including Pubmed IDs, of the nominee’s published melanoma-relevant research manuscripts. In addition, PDFs of accepted manuscript(s) that are in press, including a confirmatory e-mail from the journal indicating that the manuscript is accepted for publication, are eligible. Papers that are under review or in preparation are not eligible for consideration.
    4. A maximum of two letters of recommendation, no longer than 2 pages in length/letter, one of which must be a formal nomination letter from the nominee’s current or former mentor, which describe the nominee’s suitability for this prestigious award.
  3. The deadline for nominations is 4PM (Eastern standard time) on June 1, 2017.
  4. Nominations will be evaluated by members of the SMR Executive and Steering committees with external assistance as required. The recipient of the award will be notified the first week in July 2017.
  5. The award will consist of an unrestricted honorarium of $5,000, a commemorative plaque and support for the awardee to attend the SMR 2017 Annual Congress in Boston.
  6. The awardee must be available to accept the award in person at the Society for Melanoma Research Congress in Brisbane, Australia.