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Annual Meeting at EB 2021  

Maximize your experience with Student/Postdoc Awards! 

Every year, AAA grants awards to help student and postdoc members participate in the Annual Meeting, and to recognize their research contributions. Because the 2021 meeting is virtual, that looks a little different. For the Annual Meeting at EB 2021, AAA will offer two types of Student/Postdoc Awards: Registration and Competition. Complete details about each award are below. Please read all information thoroughly!


Registration Awards

Since no travel is required to participate in the Annual Meeting at EB 2021, we are offering the Student/Postdoc Registration Award to facilitate participation. Preference will be given to those trainees whose university will not provide funding support to participate in the virtual meeting. As shown below, student and postdoc members are eligible for a registration refund (at the lowest rate), to be distributed after the meeting in the form of a reimbursement.

Registration Award Amounts

Postdoc Members: $215
Graduate Student Members: $65
Undergraduate Student Members: $20

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. We are in the process of determining how posters will be judged virtually.

Competition Award Categories

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


Student/Postdoc Registration and Competition Awards

How to Apply

Applying for an 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 (January 7, 2021.) To be eligible, when submitting your abstract, be sure to:

  • Renew your AAA membership for 2021 or join as a new member
  • List AAA/Anatomy as your sponsoring society
  • Select an AAA abstract topic category

Submitting a Winning Entry

  • Read and follow all eligibility requirements and guidelines below.
  • Reference the abstract scoring rubric (new for 2021). See details below.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must:

  • Be a Student or Postdoc member of AAA (Join now!)
  • Pay 2021 dues in full by January 1, 2021
  • Be the first author on the abstract
  • Attend EB virtually to present your research

Guidelines

  • 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 Registration Award. Abstracts are pre-judged to determine finalists in each category.
  • 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.
  • Authors are not permitted to submit an abstract on previously published work unless the abstract represents further progression of the published research. This applies to abstracts submitted but not presented at EB 2020 due to meeting cancellation.

New in 2021: 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.

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 $500 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 $500. Second Place (optional): certificate and $150.
  • 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 EB 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 $400. Second Place (optional): certificate and $150.
  • Authors must present their poster at the virtual meeting, plus upload a PDF of their poster and an audio recording of their presentation. 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.