Women Who Conquer Cancer Mentorship Awards

About the Awards

The awards recognize extraordinary female 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

The Women Who Conquer Cancer (WWCC) is a program of the Conquer Cancer Foundation that is designed to offer critical support to young women in cancer research to help them build their careers and stay in the field. Mentors play a critical role in the development of the next generation of oncologists. The new annual Mentorship Awards will further signal ASCO and Conquer Cancer’s commitment to women oncology professionals by recognizing women who have dedicated their time, energy, and expertise to advance the career of oncology professionals.

The award recipients will be announced in March 2018. Recipients are required to attend the Annual Meeting and will receive support to attend the meeting.


Criteria for Nominees:

  • Must be a female ASCO member (all disciplines)
  • Must have had a sustained record of mentoring over time
  • Special emphasis is placed on mentors who:
    • Demonstrate concern and support of the personal development of colleagues
    • Encourage career growth and development
    • Offer professional guidance
    • Exhibit positive role modeling
    • Demonstration a long term commitment to mentoring

ASCO and Conquer Cancer Foundation Board Members and Officers are not eligible to receive Special Awards from the time they are elected through the end of the calendar year in which their Board terms conclude. Members of the Women Who Conquer Cancer Advisory Group are not eligible to receive Special Awards during their service on the Advisory Group. 

Nomination Procedure and Deadline

  • Nominations must be submitted by a colleague with personal knowledge of the nominee's mentoring activities.
  • Nominators are required to provide the following supporting documentation:
    • A letter of recommendation (from the nominator or another colleague). Letters must be dated and signed (1 page limit)
    • Two letters of recommendation/testimonials from mentees of the nominee over the past 5 years. Letters must be dated and signed (1 page limit per letter)
    • Nominee’s curriculum vitae

The deadline for submitting nominations for the 2018 Women Who Conquer Cancer Mentorship Awards has been extended to December 8, 2017. Visit the Nomination Portal to submit your nominations. Questions? Send an email to Eileen Melnick at grants@conquer.org.


Candidates for the award are considered by the Women Who Conquer Cancer Advisory Group. The group will consider all nominations as they have been submitted. After careful deliberations by the group, its recommendations will be forwarded to the Conquer Cancer Foundation Board of Directors for final approval.




Hologic, Inc Endowed Women Who Conquer Cancer Mentorship Award
Elizabeth J. Shpall, MD
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

International Women Who Conquer Cancer Mentorship Award
Mary Gospodarowicz, MD
Princess Margaret Cancer Centre


Sarah S. Donaldson, MD, FASCO
Stanford University School of Medicine



The Hologic, Inc Endowed Women Who Conquer Cancer Mentorship Award is supported by:

This list reflects commitments as of February 15, 2018.