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 WGFRF.  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, 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

  • Initiate new and novel paths in science
  • Bridge the gap between institutions and scientific specializations
  • Share issues relating to the career path of a young investigator

Metrics of Success

  • collaborate papers and research projects
  • Being a formative events in the scholars career and research
  • The success of our scholars as they gain skills on seeking funding, managing their labs and generally how to survive with the limited funding and high level of competition.
2014 scholar retreat participants

2014 scholar retreat participants