Anatomy Connected 2024

Maximize your experience with Student/Postdoc Travel and Competition Awards! 

Deadline:  December 4, 2023

AAA awards over $80,000 to student, postdoc and early career members in travel awards to help attend our annual meeting, Anatomy Connected. Travel awards in the amounts of $300 and $400 (increased in 2022) for new and renewing student/postdoc members who submit an abstract and present at Anatomy Connected.  In addition, early career members can apply for a $1,000 travel award (increased in 2022). Recipients are also eligible for the onsite Student and Postdoc Competition Awards, with prizes as high as $500 per winner. Complete details about each award are below. Please read all information thoroughly!

Congratulations to the 2024 Competition award winners!

Travel Awards

Travel awards are available for new and renewing AAA student/postdoc and early career members and who submit an abstract and present at Anatomy Connected. These awards provide funds to help offset the cost of travel to attend the meeting. All travel award applicants are also eligible for the on-site competition awards. The application is part of the abstract submission process, so apply online when you submit your abstract.

Travel Award Amounts

New Student & Postdoc Member - $300
Renewing Student & Postdoc Member - $400
Early Career Travel Award - $1000 (only 5 available) - previous year winners of the Early Career Travel Award are ineligible.

  • To receive the Renewing Student & Postdoc Travel Award, applicants must be a member for a continuous year to be eligible.
  • 2024 dues must be paid by December 4th for all Travel Awards. No exceptions. 
  •  Student and Early Career Members are ineligible for a travel award if they reside local to Toronto, Canada (within 30 miles/48 kilometers of the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel) 

*Due to increased costs (especially with food), we are no longer able to provide complimentary tickets for students to attend the Closing Awards Ceremony.
Instead, we offering a reduced rate.

Competition Awards

The oral and poster competition awards will continue as usual. Detailed information about each award, including eligibility and award amounts, is shown at the bottom of this page.

Competition Award Categories

Undergraduate Poster Competition Award
Graduate Student Poster and Oral Competition Award
Postdoc Poster and Oral Competition Award

Student/Postdoc Travel and Competition Awards Details

How to Apply

Applying is easy, since the award application is part of the abstract submission process. Submit your abstract and apply for an award at the same time before the abstract submission deadline (December 4, 2023.) To be eligible, when submitting your abstract, be sure to:

  • Renew your AAA membership for 2024 or join as a new member
  • Fill out the appropriate responses when you get to the "Awards" page of the abstract submission site.

Submitting a Winning Entry

  • Read and follow all eligibility requirements and guidelines below.
  • Reference the abstract scoring rubric (new). See details below.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must:

  • Be a Student or Postdoc member of AAA (Join now!)
  • Pay 2024 dues in full by Dec 4, 2023
  • Be the first author on the abstract
  • Attend Anatomy Connected to present your research


  • Presenting authors may only designate one abstract for award consideration. If more than one abstract is put forward for the competition, only the first submission will be considered.
  • Oral and poster presentations that are research focused (i.e., non-descriptive works) will be prioritized over descriptive works and given more consideration when selecting competition award finalists. While the submission of descriptive works is encouraged, please recognize that the evaluation of scientific and educational research presentations relies heavily on the tenets of the scientific process as a guide to compare and judge the quality of presentations.
  • Applicants have the opportunity to compete for a platform or poster award within their academic level, in addition to receiving a Travel Award. Abstracts are pre-judged to determine finalists in each category.
  • The $300 Travel Award is for all new members.  The $400 Travel Award is for members with more than 1 consecutive year of membership (without a lapse in membership).
  • Only applications with confirmed abstracts will be considered.
  • Awards are non-transferable and no substitution of first author/presenter is allowed.
  • Recipients and competition finalists will be notified about eight weeks after the abstract deadline.
  • Judges may withhold specific awards at their discretion.
  • Travel Awards are distributed at the meeting after your poster or oral presentation. Cancellations or no-shows will not receive a travel award.
  • Competition Awards are presented at the Closing Awards Ceremony at the meeting. All Travel Award recipients will receive a discounted ticket to attend and additional tickets may be purchased online prior to the meeting. Only competitive award finalists will receive a complimentary ticket to the Awards Ceremony.
  • Authors are not permitted to submit an abstract on previously published work unless the abstract represents further progression of the published research.

New: Abstract Scoring Rubric

To establish consistency and rigor in the abstract review process, we have developed an abstract scoring rubric. The scoring rubric was devised in order to ensure high scientific quality and importance, incorporate a rigorous scientific review process, and maintain consistency across reviewers.

The scoring rubric will be used to score 1) all educational abstracts and 2) all abstracts (educational and scientific) submitted to Student/Postdoc Registration and Competition Awards. It is expected that all applicants will review the scoring rubric in advance of submitting their abstract. In summary, abstracts will be score in the following categories:

  • Introduction & Objective – (5 points) Was the research question/objective stated clearly? The introduction should provide context to your reader, an introduction to your topic and its importance, and your study objective, question, or hypothesis, whichever is appropriate.
  • Materials and Methods – (5 points) Was the approach/method for answering the question stated clearly and is it appropriate to the study? The materials and methods section should include brief, clear statements of the appropriate methods used to conduct the study. Keep this as straightforward as you can. If the methods were unusual or novel describe in slightly more detail.
  • Results – (10 points) Were the results clearly stated and placed in their appropriate context? A summary of the most important results must be included. Key findings should be clear, concise, and explicit. Results should include supporting data. Lack of results with supporting data will lead to your abstract score being lowered for this section. Include appropriate statistics to support claims of significance.
  • Conclusion – (5 points) Did the conclusion clearly communicate the take-home message from the study and did it relate to the study objective(s)?
  • Significance/Implication – (10 points) Did the author effectively communicate the significance of the results? This section should also include the importance/significance of the findings, and directions for future work and next steps. This is your opportunity to describe the significance of your findings to science and/or the translation of your findings to progress in your field.

Oral and Poster Competition Award Scoring Rubric 

Up to 48 Students and Postdocs will be competing for poster and oral presentation awards in the following categories:  Education Research, Graduate Student , Postdoc and Undergraduate Student.  Below are the guidelines/tips and scoring rubric that the award judges will be following.

Presentation Guidelines for Platform Award Finalists

Presentation Guidelines for Poster Award Finalists

Student/Postdoc Competition Awards

All Registration Award applicants are also eligible for the Competition Awards. Abstracts will be blindly reviewed and scored to determine finalists to compete for a platform (oral) or poster award within their academic level. Competition awards include:

  • Up to five prizes of $1000 awarded on a competitive basis, plus a complimentary AAA Closing Awards Ceremony ticket.
  • Must be a junior faculty member (within 10 years of highest degree) who is first author and presenter of a poster or a platform presentation at EB.
  • First Place: certificate and $1000 ($500 in honorarium and $500 in meeting reimbursement expenses). Second Place (optional): certificate and $400.
  • All submitted abstracts are pre-judged to determine up to 4 finalists for each academic level (Postdoc, Graduate, or Undergraduate).
  • Platform finalists may need to present again in their regular programmed session.
Postdoctoral Platform Presentation Award, sponsored by Developmental Dynamics

Postdoctoral fellow or medical resident/intern (within 5 years of PhD or MD) giving an oral presentation.

Langman Graduate Student Platform Presentation Award

Graduate student or medical/dental/vet student giving an oral presentation.

Educational Research Platform Presentation Award

Open to undergraduates, graduate students, medical/dental/vet students, and postdocs giving an oral presentation related to education or teaching.

  • First Place: certificate and $750($500 in honorarium and $250 in meeting reimbursement expenses) . Second Place (optional): certificate and $400.
  • Authors must present their poster at the meeting. Poster presentations are limited to 5 minutes each. Judging times will be arranged individually.
  • Submitted abstracts are pre-judged to determine up to 12 finalists for each academic level (Postdoc, Graduate, or Undergraduate).
Postdoctoral Poster Presentation Award

Postdoctoral fellow or medical resident/intern (within 5 years of PhD or MD) giving a poster presentation.

Graduate Student Poster Presentation Award

Graduate student or medical/dental/vet student giving a poster presentation.

Student/Postdoctoral Education Research Poster Award, sponsored by Anatomical Sciences Education

Graduate student, medical/dental/vet student, postdoctoral fellow, or medical resident/intern (within 5 years of PhD or MD) giving a poster presentation related to education or teaching.

Undergraduate Student Poster Presentation Award

Undergraduate student giving a poster presentation.