SSO 2020 Abstract Contests and Awards

Abstract Contests

SSO is offering several awards for abstracts submitted for SSO 2020. You may request consideration for the following contests when submitting your abstract:
 

Applicants for the awards are limited to those who submit an abstract for consideration by the SSO Scientific Program Committee by October 7, 2019. Award consideration criteria are detailed below and are included in the submission instructions (step 2). Please check all boxes appropriate to the award(s) for which you wish to be considered. Papers published or presented elsewhere prior to March 25, 2020 are not eligible for an award.

To submit an abstract, or to edit a previously started submission, please click here.

 

Annual Resident/Fellow Essay Awards 

SSO offers two Resident/Fellow Essay Awards; one for the best Clinical Research paper and one for the best Basic Science Research paper. Each award is $600, plus reimbursement of transportation expenses (round trip coach airfare up to $600) for the recipient's travel to SSO 2020.

Conditions:

  • The abstract must be submitted by a resident or fellow of an ACGME accredited General Surgical residency, Surgical Oncology fellowship or SSO approved Breast Fellowship Program, working with, or sponsored by, a member of the SSO. The paper should represent primarily the work of the resident or fellow, although he/she may list one or more co-authors. A person who has already completed his/her residency or fellowship may be a candidate if the work was done during his/her period of training and he/she is no more than one year post-residency or fellowship at the time of SSO 2020.  International residents and fellows should also include a letter from their program director stating that they are in an appropriately accredited General Surgery residency or Surgical Oncology fellowship training program.
  • The paper must be presented by the resident or fellow at SSO 2020.
  • Candidates whose abstracts are selected as a contest finalist by the Program Committee will be notified in early-December 2019, and the complete manuscript with all illustrations, photographs, charts, etc. must be submitted electronically by January 2020. Full instructions and deadlines will be sent to those selected.
  • All finalists must send a letter from their training program director, chief of service, or department chairperson confirming that they are a fellow or resident. Full instructions will be sent to those selected.
  • The Society will make its selection following the presentation of all papers at the Annual Cancer Symposium and will announce the winners during the Symposium.
  • It is not a requirement that manuscripts be submitted for publication in the Annals of Surgical Oncology, but if you do decide to do so, your paper should be submitted separately. See Annals Instructions to Contributors

 

Colon Cancer Challenge Foundation/SSO Colorectal Cancer Research Scholar Award 

Each year, the Colon Cancer Challenge Foundation (CCCF) awards a $2,000 grant to provide travel support for a postdoctoral surgical oncology trainee whose paper is accepted for presentation at SSO 2020. The paper must be primarily focused on colorectal cancer.

Conditions:

  • The goal of the award is to recognize excellence in translational research focused on the molecular biology of colorectal cancer. In providing this award, CCCF seeks to both support and promote colorectal cancer research. The Foundation has a special interest in the biology of early age of onset and hereditary colorectal cancer. However, research into other areas of colorectal cancer including novel treatments and innovative minimally invasive screening technologies will also be considered.
  • The award will be made to the author of the abstract which secures the highest review score from the Scientific Program Committee, focuses on colorectal cancer and meets the criteria set by the Foundation as described above.
  • The abstract must be submitted by a resident or fellow of an ACGME accredited General Surgical residency, Surgical Oncology fellowship or SSO approved Breast Fellowship Program, working with, or sponsored by, a member of the SSO. The paper should represent primarily the work of the resident or fellow, although he/she may list one or more co-authors. A person who has already completed his/her residency or fellowship may be a candidate if the work was done during his/her period of training and he/she is no more than one year post-residency or fellowship at the time of SSO 2020.  International residents and fellows should also include a letter from their program director stating that they are in an appropriately accredited General Surgery residency or Surgical Oncology fellowship training program.
  • The paper must be presented by the resident or fellow at SSO 2020.
  • All finalists must send a letter from their training program director, chief of service, or department chairperson confirming that they are a fellow or resident. Full instructions will be sent to those selected.
 

James Ewing Harvey Baker Traveling Fellow Award

Each year the SSO awards a $1,000 grant to assist in providing travel support for a postdoctoral oncology trainee whose paper is accepted for presentation at SSO 2020.

Conditions:

  • The abstract must be submitted by a resident or fellow of an ACGME accredited General Surgical residency, Surgical Oncology fellowship or SSO approved Breast Fellowship Program, working with, or sponsored by, a member of the SSO. The paper should represent primarily the work of the resident or fellow, although he/she may list one or more co-authors. A person who has already completed his/her residency or fellowship may be a candidate if the work was done during his/her period of training and he/she is no more than one year post-residency or fellowship at the time of SSO 2020.  International residents and fellows should also include a letter from their program director stating that they are in an appropriately accredited General Surgery residency or Surgical Oncology fellowship training program.
  • The paper must be presented by the resident or fellow at SSO 2020.
  • All finalists must send a letter from their training program director, chief of service, or department chairperson confirming that they are a fellow or resident. Full instructions will be sent to those selected.
 

SSO Poster Contest

Each year, SSO offers two Poster Contest Awards; one for the best Basic/Transitional Research Poster and one for the best Clinical Research Poster. Each award is for $500.

Conditions:

  • Candidates whose poster abstracts are selected for oral presentation by the Program Committee will be notified in November 2019, and the final poster file must be submitted electronically by January 2020. The Scientific Program Committee will then select the top ten finalist posters from all entries submitted. Full instructions and deadlines will be sent to those selected.
  • At SSO 2020, the contest finalist posters will be prominently displayed in two categories: Basic/Transitional Research Posters and Clinical Research Posters. During the Symposium, attendees will vote to select the winner of each category and these will be announced during the meeting.