Distinguished Scientist Award

Recognizing Scientific Excellence

The AACI Distinguished Scientist Award was created in 2002 to recognize a major contributor to the field of cancer research. 

Selected by the AACI Board of Directors, the awardee should be widely known in the cancer community through their research accomplishments. 

Past awardees include Drs. Charles Perou, Carl June, James Allison, Lewis Cantley, Tim Ley, Brian Druker, Lee Hartwell, Mary-Claire King, Janet Rowley, Stuart Schreiber, Bert Vogelstein, Robert Weinberg, and Irving Weissman.

Please note that the 2019 nomination period is now closed. 

  • Only members of the AACI Board of Directors are eligible to submit a nominee 
  • Eligible nominees will be considered based on satisfactory completion of the nomination form, which should include a detailed description of how the nominee has made an enduring impact on the progress of cancer research or patient care
Download the Nomination Form

The AACI Distinguished Scientist honoree will be selected by a majority vote of the AACI Board of Directors. The AACI president will notify the cancer center who submitted the name of the selected honoree by April 1 and the award will be presented at the AACI/CCAF Annual Meeting.

The awardee will be invited to deliver a keynote presentation to meeting attendees and must be present to accept the award. AACI is not obligated to defer the award to another year if an awardee cannot attend the meeting in person.

In the event that there is no nomination or no nominee meets the award criteria, no award will be made for that cycle. 

January 31, 2019
2019 nomination period is now closed

February 28, 2019
Board of Directors completes review of nominations 

April 1, 2019
Board president notifies selected honoree


July 1, 2019
Honoree announced 

October 21, 2019
Award presented in person at AACI/CCAF Annual Meeting in Washington, DC

December 2019
Announce call for nominations at Board of Directors meeting

Please note: all dates are subject to change.