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Annual Meeting at EB 2020  

Maximize your experience at our most important meeting of the year! 

Every year, AAA grants Travel Awards to help members pay their way to the Annual Meeting, with awards of $250 and $350 available for new and renewing student/post-doctorate members who submit an abstract and present. Recipients are also eligible for the onsite Student and Postdoc Competition Awards, with prizes as high as $500 per award.

The deadline for 2020 has expired, but it’s not too late to celebrate the best of the industry at our Closing Awards Ceremony! [Coming Soon] Purchase tickets now to celebrate the best in anatomical science.

What does it take to submit a winning entry?

Applying for a Travel & Competition Award isn’t difficult, but it does require some preparation. Here’s how to get started:

  1. Are you a member? If not, join now!
  2. Review the presentation guidelines, judging criteria, and frequently asked questions for an insider’s view into how judges determine finalists.
  3. Find a mentor or study buddy on the list of past winners. [Coming Soon]
  4. Prepare your abstract early and remember to apply for an award at the same time. Get details on experimentalbiology.org.
  5. Questions? Call 301-634-7907 or email us.
  • You must:
    • Be an AAA member with dues paid or renewed by the date of the abstract deadline.
    • Be the first author on the abstract and attend EB to present your research.
  • How it works
    • List AAA/Anatomy as your sponsoring society when submitting the abstract.
    • Select an AAA abstract topic category when submitting your abstract.
    • The award application is part of the abstract submission process. Candidates may apply while submitting an abstract at experimentalbiology.org.
  • Member type/career level
    • Only students and postdocs are eligible for travel and competition awards.
    • Early career and junior faculty may apply for an Early-Career Travel Award.
  • Award amount
    • The $250 Travel Award is for new members.
    • The $350 Travel Award is for members with more than one consecutive year of membership, without a lapse in membership.
  • Only one travel award application per person. If you are submitting multiple abstracts, select your best abstract to be submitted for a travel award and presentation competition.
  • 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 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.
  • Travel Awards are distributed at the meeting after your poster or oral presentation.
  • 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.
  • All Travel Award recipients will receive one complimentary ticket to attend the Closing Awards Ceremony, where Competition Awards are presented. Additional tickets may be purchased online prior to the meeting. Only finalists are required to attend the ceremony.
  • Only applications with confirmed abstracts will be considered. Travel Award is non-transferable and no substitution of first author/presenter allowed. Cancellations or no-shows will not receive a travel award.
  • Recipients and finalists are notified about eight weeks after the abstract deadline.
  • Judges may withhold specific awards at their discretion.

Student & Postdoc Competition Awards

All travel award applicants are eligible for the onsite Competition Awards, which are presented at our Closing Awards Ceremony. 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 four 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 Ph.D. or M.D.) 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.
  • Posters need to be up by 9:00 a.m. and remain until 4:00 p.m. on the scheduled day. Authors must be at their posters during the assigned poster manning time. Poster presentation is limited to 5 minutes. Judging times for those presenting in non-AAA poster sessions 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 Ph.D. or M.D.) 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 Ph.D. or M.D.) giving a poster presentation related to education or teaching.

Undergraduate Student Poster Presentation Award

Undergraduate student giving a poster presentation.

EB 2020

April 4-7  |  San Diego, CA, USA

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Upcoming Deadlines

Early Registration: Feb. 5, 2020
Hotel Reservation: Mar. 4, 2020
AAA headquarters hotel: Marriott Marquis

Expired Deadlines

Regular Abstracts: Nov. 18, 2019
Science Outreach Abstracts: Jan. 30, 2020
Last-Chance Abstracts: Jan. 30, 2020

What Attendees Say

“I value the enormous diversity of interests among members. Every time I attend a meeting, I come away with great new ideas for teaching, learning, research.” — Raj Ettarh, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Anatomy and Medical Education and Associate Dean of Assessment, California University of Science and Medicine, AAA member since 2009

What to expect

  • 150 expert speakers and thought leaders
  • More than 450 anatomy-related poster presentations
  • 50 symposia on topics in Educational Science Research & Teaching, Professional Development, and Basic & Clinical Science Research

Good to Know

AAA's Annual Meeting is held in conjunction with Experimental Biology (EB). AAA is one of the five sponsoring societies that collectively plan EB. All abstracts, registrations, and hotel reservations are submitted through EB. Some links will take you to the EB website, experimentalbiology.org.