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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.

2017 Oral Presentation Winners:

First Place:
Lusia Sepiashuili, Mayo Clinic - Breaking Free From the Ratio: Analytical Performance of an Immunoenrichment-Coupled MALDI-TOF MS Detection Method for Monoclonal Immunoglobulin Free Light Chains

Second Place:
Melanie Yarbrough, Washington University School of Medicine - Frequency of Instrument, Environment, and Laboratory Technologist Contamination During Routine Diagnostic Testing of Infectious Specimens

Honorable Mention:
Sarah Delaney, University of Toronto - Predicting Drug Exposure in Breast-Feeding Infants: Using Physiologically-Based Pharmacokinetic Modeling of Escitalopram in Breast Milk to Simulate Infant Plasma Concentrations

Honorable Mention:
Carmen Gherasim, University of Utah - Fulvestrant Interference with Six Automated Estradiol Immunoassays and an LC-MS/MS Method: An Analytical and Clinical Investigation

2017 Poster Contest Winners:

First Place:
Felix Leung, University of Toronto - A biomarker discovery platform for non-serous ovarian cancers using integrative proteomics

Second Place:
Uvaraj Uddayasankar, University of Manitoba - Method validations for identification and quantification of fentanyl analogs

Honorable Mention:
Victoria Higgins, University of Toronto - National Survey of Adult and Pediatric Reference Intervals in Clinical Laboratories across Canada: A Report of the CSCC Working Group on Reference Interval Harmonization

Honorable Mention:
Siaw Li Chan, University of Chicago - Development of a novel, high-sensitivity LC-MS/MS serotonin assay for assessing platelet function using a minimal amount of whole blood


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 - NEW for 2018
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.