Membership

Consideration of an individual for membership in the University of Arizona Cancer Center (UACC) requires a major interest in cancer research, and an involvement, either directly or indirectly, with Cancer Center programs and collaborations with other members. The UACC has two membership categories, Member or Associate Member.

Authority for appointment and discontinuation of membership in the University of Arizona Cancer Center lies with the Director of the Cancer Center and the Director’s Committee.

I.      Nomination Process:

1. Nominations are accepted either from individuals interested in becoming members, or from Program Leaders or other current members wishing to sponsor a colleague.

2. The applicant for membership must fill out a UACC membership application and provide the additional documents outlined in the application.

3. Once applications are received by the Director's office, an acknowledgement of the received application will be sent via email to the applicant. The application and supporting documents will be forwarded to the Program Leader(s).

4. The Program Leader(s) then reviews the application and makes a recommendation to the Director's Committee for approval or disapproval and membership category. The recommendation will need to include a letter from the Program Leader describing how the applicant will fit into the program’s scientific themes in relation to their current cancer related research.

5. The Director's Committee or the Director will review the Program Leader's recommendations and will make the final decision for approval or disapproval as well as membership category, if approved.

6. The applicant is then notified by a letter from the Director’s committee of the final decision regarding approval and membership category. An appeal of any decision needs to be directed to the UACC Director. New members will be added to the UACC membership database and given instructions to enhance their profile on the UACC website.

7. The Director’s Committee will review all members annually by evaluating a member’s updated CV highlighting cancer related research.  Annual review of the member may result in a change in membership category or status.

II.    Criteria for Membership:

Member Criteria:

  • Principal investigator or co-Principal investigator of cancer relevant peer-reviewed funding from the NIH/NCI or from an NCI-recognized organization. (Project leaders on SPOREs, P01s or similar mechanisms are considered Principal Investigators) or a Principal Investigator on an investigator-initiated trial while accruing a minimum of 10 patients to interventional treatment clinical trials per year or a major leadership role within the UACC and

  • Faculty appointment with the University of Arizona or approved UA affiliates and

  • Major cancer-related interests in research, patient care or education and

  • UA faculty member “in good standing” and

  • Interaction with other investigators of the Cancer Center.

Associate Member Criteria:

  • Serve as a Shared Resource leader on the Cancer Center Support Grant and/or

  • Faculty appointment with the University of Arizona or approved UA affiliates and

  • Major cancer-related interests in research, patient care or education and

  • UA faculty member “in good standing” and

  • Interaction with other investigators of the Cancer Center.

Note:  Applicants who do not meet all of the criteria for Associate member status may reapply whenever their situations change.

III. Member Responsibilities:

  • Provide information, annually to the Cancer Center (or when required by the NCI), including (highlighting cancer related research within the following)
    * Updated Biosketch/CV
    * Updated funding
    * Updated research interests
    * Copies of all published research papers and abstracts.

  • Communicate to Program Leaders major new cancer related discoveries, grants, publication and honors.

  • Participation with communication and development related activities.

  • Conduct collaborative or interactive research with other UACC members.

  • Acknowledge the UACC facilities, space, and Shared Resource usage, when appropriate, in research publications.

IV.  Membership Privileges:

Member Privileges:

  • Access to research space in the Cancer Center facilities based on research funding and availability.

  • Eligible to compete for developmental funds or pilot projects.

  • Priority use and rate of Shared Resources and services of the Cancer Center which include analytical chemistry services, statistical design and implementation support, behavioral measurement tools, mouse modeling services, flow cytometry, genomics, imaging, proteomics, informatics, and tissue banking. A complete listing of the Shared Resources can be found on the UACC website.

  • Access to Clinical Protocol and Data Management services that include cancer clinical trial support of data management, pre and post award support, and protocol development assistance.

  • Member of one of the CCSG scientific programs.

  • Access to services provided by the UACC pre-award office.

  • Registration fees waived for all Cancer Center sponsored conferences.

  • Notified of available research awards, conferences and seminars.

  • Scientific and technical review of proposed research for activation at the Cancer Center.

  • Listed on Cancer Center website.

  • Increased visibility through the Cancer Center Public Affairs Office, state-wide.

Associate Member privileges:

  • Has 2nd priority to compete for developmental funds or pilot projects; rates for the use of shared resources and services of the Cancer Center, and access to Clinical Protocol and Data Management services.

  • Associate Member of one of the CCSG scientific programs and may participate in program activities with the approval of the appropriate Program Leader(s).

  • Access to services provided by the UACC pre-award office.

  • Registration fees waived for all Cancer Center sponsored conferences.

  • Notified of available research awards, conferences and seminars.

  • Scientific and technical review of proposed research for activation at the Cancer Center.

  • Listed on the Cancer Center website.

  • Increased visibility through the Cancer Center Public Affairs Office, state-wide.

V. Annual Review Process:

Membership status and category will be reviewed annually and may be discontinued for any of the following reasons:

  • The member or investigator resigns from the University and has no formal affiliation with the Cancer Center.

  • Research interests are no longer cancer-related.

  • Insufficient participation with Cancer Center membership and scientific program.

  • Change in funding status over a three year period

  • No longer a UA faculty member “in good standing.”

VI. Additional Guidelines:

  • Fellows, residents and other trainees are not eligible for membership. 

  • Academic Professionals and staff employed by the UACC are not full members unless they have independent cancer relevant peer-reviewed funding from the NIH/NCI or from NCI recognized organization.