Membership Information

Investigators at the University of Oklahoma (OU Health Sciences Center, OU Norman) and other institutions who actively conduct cancer-focused research in the basic, clinical, behavioral and population sciences are encouraged to apply for Stephenson Cancer Center (SCC) membership.

The important role that members play in an NCI-Designated Cancer Center is highlighted in NCI P30 Cancer Center Support Grant (CCSG): “Selection of members is one of the most critical decisions made by cancer center leadership. Members are selected for their scientific excellence and, just as importantly, for their commitment to work together to further the scientific goals of the cancer center. The expectation is that most members will hold peer-reviewed research funding; however, some unfunded members may contribute to the research objectives of the cancer center in other important ways.”

The SCC Membership Program seeks to reflect this CCSG focus on research excellence, productivity, collaboration, and participation.

Membership Categories

The SCC has three categories of Membership:

  • Full Membership (CCSG Inclusion Category)
  • Associate Membership (CCSG Inclusion Category)
  • Affiliate Membership (Non-CCSG Category)

The research activities of Full and Associate Members are a central focus of the SCC and its P30 CCSG. These activities (i.e., grants, publications, collaborations, participation, shared resource usage) are reviewed on an annual basis by both internal (SCC Membership Review Committee) and external (SCC External Advisory Board) committees. In addition, the research activities of Full and Associate Members are evaluated every five years as part of the P30 CCSG competitive renewal. Affiliate Members are investigators who conduct cancer research but: 1) who do not meet the criteria for Full or Associate Membership; or 2) who are housed at an institution other than OUHSC or OU Norman (per NCI rules, only the research activities of investigators at OUHSC and OU Norman can be included in the CCSG).

For more information see the Membership Policy link below.

Membership Information and Resources:  

Applying for Membership: Deadlines, Process, Term of Appointment

  • New Membership applications will be reviewed quarterly (January, April, July and October).
  • To be reviewed in the next cycle, new applicants must have their application and related materials submitted by the 1st day of the quarter (Jan. 1st, April 1st, July 1st, Oct. 1st).  
  • Applicants should submit a completed Membership Application Form along with a Curriculum Vitae and an updated NIH biosketch via email to: CancerResearch@ouhsc.edu.
  • All applicants will receive a letter notifying them of Membership status within 30 days of the application deadline.
  • Membership appointments are for three years.
  • Members will be reviewed annually by a Membership Review Committee.
  • Membership may be revoked, and Membership categories may be reassigned, at any time if criteria are not met. 
  • The SCC Director has final authority pertaining to membership assignment, reassignment, and revocation.

For more information, please contact the SCC’s Office of Cancer Research at: CancerResearch@ouhsc.edu.