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SYCL Travel Grants

Deadline: Friday, March 15, 2019

AACC helps SYCL members in the U.S. and Canada* participate in the AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo by awarding SYCL Travel Grants. These need-based grants give preference to applicants who submit oral or written posters for presentation. SYCL Travel Grant winners receive a cash award of $2,000.

The 2018 SYCL Travel Grants were made possible, in part, by donations from Kerry Weinert, Doug Stickle, AACC Rocky Mountain Local Section, AACC Northern California Local Section, Mass Spectrometry and Separation Sciences Division, and individual donations to AACC's access program.

*SYCL members in Canada are eligible for the SYCL Travel Grant during years when the AACC Annual Scientific Meeting is held in conjunction with the Canadian Society for Clinical Chemists.

Applicant Criteria

  1. Must use the funds for domestic travel or travel to the U.S. from Canada only.
  2. Meets the criteria for SYCL membership (under the age of 40 or a student member of AACC).
  3. Demonstrates financial need to attend the annual scientific meeting.
  4. States the impact of the meeting on the applicant's career in laboratory medicine.
  5. List all contributions (abstracts and/or accepted proposals) of the applicant to the annual scientific meeting.

Note: Previous SYCL Domestic Travel Grant winners are not eligible to apply again.

Application Guidelines

Email your application to: sycl@aacc.org with the following items (note the weight of each item):

  1. A letter from the applicant including both a statement of financial need to attend the meeting (weighted 50%).
  2. A description of how the meeting will benefit their career (weighted 30%).
  3. A letter of support from a colleague or mentor describing the applicant's promise or potential impact in the field (weighted 20%).
  4. If applicable, include a copy of a submitted abstract and/or accepted proposal; preference will be given to those presenting at the meeting. Please submit only one abstract and/or accepted proposal for evaluation.
  5. A current Curriculum Vitae.
  6. Contact information: full address, email, phone.


If you have questions about the SYCL Domestic Travel Grant, please email sycl@aacc.org or call 800.892.1400 x8701 and 202.835.8701.

2018 SYCL Travel Grant Winners

Norah Alghamdi
Chemistry Department, Cleveland State University
Cleveland, OH


Lidong He

The National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL





Lisa Johnson, PhD

Department of Chemistry, University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN








David Kemble, PhD

Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Lebanon, NH




Jieli Shirley Li, PhD

Division of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Texas-MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, TX


Jayson V. Pagaduan, PhD

Department of Pathology and Immunology, Baylor College of Medicine
Division of Clinical Chemistry, Department of Pathology and Immunology, Texas Children's Hospital
Houston, TX

Heather Stieglitz, PhD

McLendon Clinical Laboratories, UNC Health Care
Chapel Hill, NC






Merih Tesfazghi, PhD

Department of Pathology & Immunology, Washington University School of Medicine
St. Louis, MO






Dan Wang, PhD

Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Medical University of South Carolina
Charleston, SC





Grace Williams, PhD

Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Lebanon, NH