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Women Who Conquer Cancer Mentorship Awards 

The Women Who Conquer Cancer (WWCC) Mentorship Awards recognize extraordinary women leaders in oncology and role models who have excelled as a mentor and have demonstrated outstanding commitment to the professional development of women colleagues as clinicians, educators, and researchers in oncology.  The awards seek to recognize and promote the work of women mentors in oncology and, ultimately, narrow career gender disparities through the mentorship and professional development of women oncology professionals.

Two awards are presented annually:

  • Hologic, Inc Endowed WWCC Mentorship Award (U.S. based recipient)
  • International WWCC Mentorship Award

Award winners will receive:

  • Honored at a special live session during Annual Meeting 
  • Invitation to the attend and recognition at the ASCO President’s Dinner during the ASCO Annual Meeting
  • Recognition at the Conquer Cancer Grants & Awards Ceremony during the ASCO Annual Meeting 
  • $5,000 honorarium 
  • Award plaque  
  • Complimentary ASCO Annual Meeting Registration 
  • Travel support to attend the Annual Meeting (airfare, hotel, meals, transportation) 
  • Invitation to the President’s Reception during the ASCO Annual Meeting 

Expectations for Award Winners

  • Award recipients will participate in moderated panel discussion with a focus on career development and mentorship at special live session during Annual Meeting. The session will be videotaped as part of meeting capture. 
  • Attendance at the ASCO President’s Dinner during the ASCO Annual Meeting 
  • Attendance at Conquer Cancer Grants & Awards Ceremony during the ASCO Annual Meeting  
  • Agree to be featured in ASCO Annual Meeting materials including ASCO Daily News and WWCC materials 

All eligible nominees will be recognized on the Conquer Cancer website and will have the opportunity to be featured on the Women Who Conquer Cancer online series in ASCO Connection.   

Nominations must be submitted by a colleague with personal knowledge of the nominee's mentoring activities.

Eligibility Criteria for Nominees:

  • Must be women
  • Must be an ASCO member (all disciplines) at the time of nomination submission 
  • Must have had a sustained record of mentoring over time

The nomination requires providing answers to the following questions:  

  1. Why should the nominee be awarded? Describe in detail the exceptional mentoring abilities of the nominee and what distinguishes the nominee from other outstanding mentors. 

  2. Explain what this nominee has done to guide, support and promote training and development of their mentees.


  • Required. Nominee's Curriculum Vitae or Bio (5-page maximum)
  • Required. A minimum of two (2) letters of recommendation/testimonials from mentees of the nominee over the past 5 years. Letters must be dated and signed (2-page limit per letter). The letter should explain the qualities that the mentor possessed, the behaviors she exhibited to be considered an "outstanding" mentor and the demonstrated impact on the mentee’s academic and/or professional development. Please be as specific and detailed as possible. It is also helpful to provide specific anecdotes and examples.
  • Optional. Additional Letters of Support – the nomination can include up to three additional letters of support from colleagues of the nominee or individuals who can attest to the nominee’s qualifications and accomplishments (e.g., teaching colleagues, department chair, former students). The letters should describe how the nominee has aided the scientific careers of individuals who were mentored by nominee and their subsequent achievements, the participation of the nominee in organized activities aimed at promoting the careers of junior investigators, or efforts of the nominee to support the development of the next generation of cancer researchers
  • Optional. Other supporting documentation – the nomination can include articles, stories, videos that show the nominee’s commitment and contributions to mentoring. You may upload the actual materials, or if the materials are available online you can upload a document that contains the links to the materials.

Upon request, nominations from the previous year may be carried over to current year for consideration, Nominations may only be carried over for 1 year. 


Nominations will be evaluated by the Women Who Conquer Cancer Mentorship Award Subcommittee based on the overall strength of the nomination and on how the nominee exemplified elements including, but not limited to:  

  • Demonstrating concern and support to the personal development of mentees
  • Encouraging career growth and development
  • Offering professional guidance
  • Exhibiting positive role modeling
  • Demonstrating a long-term commitment to mentoring

Please email awards@conquer.org if you have questions.

Submit a Nomination


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