Poster Abstract Awards

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AACC promotes excellence in clinical laboratory science through several poster abstract awards and recognition programs. Authors can apply for multiple awards as long as they meet the requirements.

AACC Academy Distinguished Abstracts Award

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Each year, a group of Academy fellows reviews the abstracts submitted to the AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo and selects several for distinction. To be considered for this award, you must:

  • Be the presenting author of an accepted abstract for the upcoming AACC Annual Scientific Meeting.
  • Present a poster at the AACC Annual Scientific Meeting.
  • Note: There is no need to select a checkbox to be considered. All accepted poster abstracts are taken into consideration for this award.

AACC DIVISION ABSTRACT AWARDS

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The following AACC Divisions offer awards for outstanding research in their scientific specialties. To be considered for any AACC Division award, you must:

  • Submit a poster abstract in a related topic/area.
  • Select the appropriate checkbox for the award on the submission site.
  • Be the presenting author of an accepted abstract and be able to present at the upcoming AACC Annual Scientific Meeting.
  • Meet any other eligibility criteria as defined below. Submitter eligibility may be subject to verification.

Learn more about each Division's award(s) below:

Animal Clinical Chemistry Division

Poster Award

$500 cash award. The award will be announced at the DACC general membership meeting during the AACC Annual Scientific Meeting and will be presented at the DACC Symposium.

Biomarkers of Acute Cardiovascular Diseases Division

Abstract Award

$500 cash award. In addition to above requirements, the presenting author must:

  • Be a member of the BACD Division.

Clinical and Diagnostic Immunology Division

Abstract Award

Two (2) $500 cash awards. The awards will be announced at the CDID meeting during the AACC Annual Scientific Meeting.

Clinical Translational Science Division

Abstract Award

$500 cash award. The award will be announced at the CTS Division meeting during the AACC Annual Scientific Meeting.

CPOCT Division

Abstract Award

$500 cash award. The award will be announced at the CPOCT Division meeting during the AACC Annual Scientific Meeting. The award is based on the accepted abstract and poster presentation.

Endocrinology Division

Best Abstract Award for Outstanding Research

$500 cash award. The award will be announced at the Endocrinology Division meeting during the AACC Annual Scientific Meeting. The award is based on accepted abstracts and poster presentations.

Health Equity and Access Division

Outstanding Research Awards

$500 and $350 cash awards. The first and second place awards will be announced and presented at the HEA Division meeting at the AACC Annual Scientific Meeting.

Hematology and Coagulation Division

Best Abstract Awards

Two (2) $250 cash awards. The awards will be announced at the Hematology & Coagulation Division meeting during the AACC Annual Scientific Meeting.

History Division

Norbert W. Tietz Distinguished Abstract Award

$250 cash award. The History Division’s Norbert W. Tietz Distinguished Abstract Award winner will also receive a 2-year division membership. In addition to above requirements, the presenting author must:

  • Be among the top scoring abstracts accepted to present at the Annual Scientific Meeting.
  • Once being notified as the potential recipient, you must submit a paragraph (300-500 words) to explain why your research will have a “lasting significance”.

Industry Division

Best Abstract Award

$500 cash award. The award will be announced at the Industry Division meeting during the AACC Annual Scientific Meeting. To compete for this award, you must:

  • Submit an abstract which contributes to the IVD industry in one of the following areas: management, regulatory affairs, or improved patient care through a new or improved medical device (i.e. diagnostic method, reagent system, other).

Informatics Division

Abstract Award

$250 cash award. The award will be announced at the Informatics Division meeting during the AACC Annual Scientific Meeting.

Lipoproteins and Vascular Diseases Division

Abstract Awards

$200, $100, and $50 cash awards. Authors of the first, second, and third place awards will be invited to present their work at the LVD Division’s poster reception during the AACC Annual Scientific Meeting.

Management Sciences and Patient Safety Division

Abstract Award for Outstanding Research in Management Sciences

$250 cash award. The award will be announced at the MSPS Division leadership symposium at the AACC Annual Scientific Meeting.

Abstract Award for Outstanding Research in Patient Safety

$250 cash award. The award will be announced at the MSPS Division leadership symposium at the AACC Annual Scientific Meeting.

Mass Spectrometry and Separation Sciences Division

Abstract Awards

Two (2) $500 cash awards. These awards will be announced at the MSSS Division Mass Spectacular event during the AACC Annual Scientific Meeting. In addition to above requirements, the presenting author must:

  • Be a member of the AACC Mass Spectrometry and Separation Sciences Division.

Molecular Pathology Division

Abstract Award

$250 cash award. Previous winners are not eligible to win for three subsequent consecutive years. The award will be announced at the MPD meeting during the AACC Annual Scientific Meeting.

Young Investigator Abstract Award

$250 cash award. Previous winners are not eligible to win for three subsequent consecutive years. The award will be announced at the MPD meeting during the AACC Annual Scientific Meeting. In addition to above requirements, the presenting author must:

  • Be 39 years of age or younger.

Student/Medical Technologist Abstract Award

$250 cash award. Previous winners are not eligible to win for three subsequent consecutive years. The award will be announced at the MPD meeting during the AACC Annual Scientific Meeting. In addition to above requirements, the presenting author must:

  • Be a student or medical technologist in a clinical laboratory science program.

Nutrition Division

Abstract Award

$250 cash award. The award will be presented at the Nutrition Division meeting during the AACC Annual Scientific Meeting and the winner is expected to give a short presentation on their research. In addition to above requirements, the presenting author must:

  • Be a member of the AACC Nutrition Division.

Pediatric and Maternal-Fetal Division

Best Abstract Award

$100 cash award. The award will be announced at the PMF Division mixer during the AACC Annual Scientific Meeting.

Student and Young Faculty Abstract Award

$100 cash award. The award will be announced at the PMF Division mixer during the AACC Annual Scientific Meeting. In addition to above requirements, the presenting author must:

  • Be 39 years of age or younger or a student or medical technologist in a clinical laboratory science program.

Personalized Medicine Division

Abstract Award

$250 cash award. The award will be announced and presented at the PMD meeting at the AACC Annual Scientific Meeting. In addition to above requirements, the presenting author must:

  • Be an AACC member.
  • Can be non-PMD member to be considered but must become PMD member to receive award.

The PMD reserves the right not to give an award if it deems the submitted abstracts do not meet the standards of the division.

Young Investigator Abstract Award

$250 cash award. The award will be announced and presented at the PMD meeting at the AACC Annual Scientific Meeting. In addition to above requirements, the presenting author must:

  • Be an AACC member.
  • Be 39 years or younger.
  • Can be non-PMD member to be considered but must become PMD member to receive award.

The PMD reserves the right not to give an award if it deems the submitted abstracts do not meet the standards of the division.

Postdoc/MT/Student Abstract Award

$250 cash award. The award will be announced and presented at the PMD meeting at the AACC Annual Scientific Meeting. In addition to above requirements, the presenting author must:

  • Be an AACC member.
  • Be in a postdoc/MT/student listed position.
  • Can be non-PMD member to be considered but must become PMD member to receive award.

The PMD reserves the right not to give an award if it deems the submitted abstracts do not meet the standards of the division.

Proteomics and Metabolomics Division

Abstract Award for Outstanding Research in Metabolomics

$500 cash award. The award will be announced and presented at the Proteomics & Metabolomics Division meeting during the AACC Annual Scientific Meeting. Previous winners are not eligible to win in consecutive years.

Abstract Award for Outstanding Research in Proteomics

$500 cash award. The award will be announced and presented at the Proteomics & Metabolomics Division meeting during the AACC Annual Scientific Meeting. Previous winners are not eligible to win in consecutive years.

Therapeutic Drug Management and Toxicology Division

Abstract Award

$250 cash award. The award will be announced and presented at the TDM and Toxicology Division meeting during the AACC Annual Scientific Meeting.

Tumor Markers and Cancer Diagnostics Division

Best Abstract Award

Two (2) $200 cash awards. The awards will be announced at the TMCD Division meeting during the AACC Annual Scientific Meeting.

Student Research Awards

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AACC’s Student Research Award competition is held on the Monday afternoon of the AACC Annual Scientific Meeting. The competition is intended for students, trainees, and postdoctoral fellows who are presenting authors of accepted poster abstracts for the Annual Scientific Meeting. All in-training and postdoctoral fellows are eligible for the competition. Poster abstract submission is required. Submitters must also indicate they wish to be considered in their poster abstract submission. Following poster abstract submission, abstracts are judged based on scientific value, originality, and quality. Competitors will then be selected for one of two separate competitions.

Awards Details

  • Student Oral Presentation Competition. The presenting authors from the top four ranked poster abstracts are invited to compete in an oral presentation of their poster abstracts. Competitors will have 10 minutes to present and up to 5 minutes for audience Q&A in a session. Judges evaluate the presentations to select winners for 1st prize ($1,000), 2nd ($500), 3rd ($250), and 4th ($250).
  • Student Poster Competition. The remaining presenting authors are entered into the poster competition during the poster networking reception where each poster will be visited by three judges. Please note that oral presenters may also present their poster but will not be judged. Judges evaluate poster competitors on scientific quality, clarity, and poster presentation to select winners for 1st prize ($500), 2nd ($250), 3rd ($125), and 4th ($125).

Eligibility

To be eligible to compete in the Student Research Award program, you must:

  • Be an undergraduate or graduate student, college-level trainee, or postdoctoral fellow in clinical chemistry or related field.
  • Be the presenting author of an accepted poster abstract for the upcoming AACC Annual Scientific Meeting. Note: multiple poster abstract submissions are allowed for the AACC Annual Scientific Meeting but only a single entry may be judged and compete in the Student Research Awards contest.
  • Present the accepted abstract at the Student Research Awards competition held during the AACC Annual Scientific Meeting.

How to Apply

  • Check the box for the "Student Research Awards Program" when submitting your poster abstract. You must check this box to be considered for these awards.
  • Upload a brief letter from your faculty advisor when submitting your abstract (next step). This letter (on letterhead) from your faculty advisor should affirm your student status.

Note: For the Student Research Awards (oral presentations and poster contest), only one abstract will be eligible for consideration.

North American Chinese Clinical Chemists Association (NACCCA) Travel Grant Award

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The North American Chinese Clinical Chemists Association (NACCCA) is providing travel grants for the 2022 AACC Annual Scientific Meeting. NACCCA is a non-profit organization currently serving more than 500 members from various countries and regions. NACCCA’s goal is to foster academic, developmental, and service excellence in the practice of clinical laboratory medicine via education and information exchange. The purpose of this travel grant is to assist awardees to attend the AACC Annual Scientific Meeting. We encourage applicants from all laboratory medicine-related fields including but not limited to technologists, residents, fellows, graduate students, and scientists.

Award Details

The awardees will be reimbursed based on itemized receipts associated with travel expenses of up to $1,000 (international travelers) or $500 (U.S./Canadian travelers).

Eligibility

The eligibility requirements to compete in the NACCCA travel grant award are as follows:

  • Submit an abstract to the AACC Annual Scientific Meeting and indicate that you would like to be considered for the award by checking the appropriate box in the submission form.
  • Be the presenting author of an accepted abstract for the upcoming AACC Annual Scientific Meeting.
  • Present a poster at the AACC Annual Scientific Meeting.
  • Be a member of NACCCA.*
  • Attend NACCCA banquet held at the AACC Annual Scientific Meeting.*

*Note: You still can apply for the grant if you are not a current NACCCA member, but you must become a member to attend the NACCCA awarding meeting. Apply for NACCCA membership here.