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Student Research Award Program

AACC’s Student Research Awards contest held at the AACC Annual Scientific Meeting is for students and post-doctoral fellows who are presenting authors of accepted abstracts for the Annual Scientific Meeting.

Students' abstracts are judged prior to the meeting, and the individuals who receive the top four ranked abstracts are invited to compete in the Student Oral Presentation Contest. Judges evaluate the oral presentations on scientific quality as well as the organization and quality of the presentation and accompanying slides.

The remaining students compete in the Student Poster Contest in which judges evaluate each poster on scientific quality, clarity of display, and presentation style.

2018 Oral Presentation Winners

First Place:
Christopher Koch, Cleveland State University, Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute - Assay Development And Evaluation Of Serum Aggrecan And Versican As Novel Biomarkers For Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm And Dissection

Second Place:
Jeffrey SoRelle, University of Texan Southwestern Medical Center - Impact of cross-sex hormone therapy on common laboratory tests in transmen and transwomen

Honorable Mention:
Lidong He, University of Virginia - De Novo Amino Acid Sequencing of M-proteins by 21 Tesla FT-ICR MS Using Top-Down and Middle-Down MS/MS Techniques

Honorable Mention:
Junyan Shi, University of British Columbia - Targeting Production of a Fast-Forming Proteotypic Peptide for Rapid Quantification of Apolipoprotein A1 in Plasma by LC-MS/MS

2018 Poster Contest Winners

First Place:
Ambalika Tanak, University of Texas at Dallas - Electrochemical detection of Parathyroid hormone as a point-of-care testing device towards clinical applications

Second Place:
Heather Robison, University of Michigan - A Machine Learning Approach to Inflammatory Cytokine Profiling Reveals Diagnostic Signatures for Latent Tuberculosis Infection and Reactivation Risk

Honorable Mention:
Christopher Farnsworth, Washington University, St. Louis - Poor correlation and concordance between NT-proBNP and BNP in patients with suspected heart failure

Honorable Mention:
Michelle Parker, University of Toronto - HbA1c platforms are variably affected by increasing lipemia

ASM Student Research Award Winners


To be eligible to compete in the Student Research Awards and the Student Travel Grants, you must:

  • Be an undergraduate or graduate student, college-level trainee, or post-doctoral fellow in clinical chemistry or related field.
  • Be the lead author of an accepted abstract for the upcoming AACC Annual Meeting.
  • Present the accepted abstract at the student research awards contest held during the AACC Annual Meeting.

How to Apply

Step 1: Check the box for the "Student Awards Program" when submitting your abstract.
When submitting your abstract, check the appropriate box to be considered for the Student Awards Program (Research Awards and Student Travel Grants). You must check this box to be entered for these awards.

Step 2: Upload a letter from your faculty advisor when submitting your abstract
When submitting your abstract, in the "File Attachment" section, attach a letter (on letterhead) from your faculty advisor affirming your student status.
Note: For the Student Research Awards (oral presentations and poster contest), only one abstract will be eligible for consideration.

Questions about the Student Research Awards program may be sent to Studentposters@aacc.org. Eligible students will be notified by AACC with updates in late May.