Scholar Retreat

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Each year, 16 Forbeck Scholars are invited to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin for a scientific gathering. Here, the Scholars share their research with the other Scholars and Mentors.  Each Scholar will participate in four sequential retreats, with all expenses paid by the Foundation.  

The opportunity for Scholars to connect and form relationships with researchers from completely different areas of cancer research and to have a sort of peer review is one of the most valuable roles of the Retreat.  Through the Mentors, the Retreat offers Scholars guidance on practical career issues such as writing grants and preparing successful scientific publications.  

Each year, the Scholar Retreat coincides with the Foundation’s annual ‘Blue Jean Ball’ fundraiser. All Scholars attend this event, it is an opportunity to meet with families whose lives have been directly affected by cancer.   This experience resonates particularly with scientists who unlike clinicians do not have contact with patients, by putting a human face on cancer.

Key Objectives

  • Establish new and novel approaches in research to improve detection, treatment and cure rates in cancer.
  • Bridge the gap between institutions and scientific specializations to advance treatment.
  • Share issues relating to the career path of a young investigator

Scholar Award

Nominate A Scholar

The Foundation annually selects junior clinical or post-doctoral fellows to be Forbeck Scholars. Scholars attend the annual Forum their first year and four years of Retreats thereafter.  During the Forum, recipients of the award have an unrivaled opportunity to interact with international experts in a particular field of cancer research.  The Scholar Retreat, which they attend for the subsequent four years, gives them further opportunities to interact with their peers from different fields of cancer research and meet with international experts to discuss their work. Existing awardees have found these interactions invaluable in developing collaborations as well as opening up a variety of career opportunities.

This group also offers awardees the opportunity to apply for other programs sponsored by the Foundation that are only open to Forbeck Scholars such as Focus Meetings and the Collaborative Research Program. During this four year period, the Foundation will pay all expenses to attend the meetings and offer a stipend to individuals at the end of their tenure period.


Sponsor A Scholar

Please consider sponsoring a scholar for their years of participation in these important meetings.

You will have the opportunity to meet your scholar and follow their careers as well as receive recognition of your sponsorship in the newsletter, website and other publications alongside your scholar.

Each year four new scholars are selected to attend the Retreat, a four-year program. Your pledge of $1,000 each year (totaling $4,000) will directly support a Scholar’s participation at the Retreat. An individual scholar will be identified with your pledge. You will be invited to the Kick-Off Dinner with the scientists and receive (2) tickets to the Blue Jean Ball each year you sponsor. This is your chance to participate in cancer research!

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