Committee for Early-Career Anatomists (CECA)

Serves to support AAA’s early-career anatomists by acting as the primary evaluator and award granters of undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral research, and early-career awards at the Annual Meeting; chairing and selecting participants for CECA-sponsored sessions; and fostering a network of early-career anatomists.


  • Judging (pre-judging and onsite judging) and managing the Student/Postdoc and Early-Career awards program the Annual Meeting.
  • Members are required to attend the Annual Meeting; they receive complimentary registration, reimbursement for up to $750 of travel expenses, and a complimentary ticket to the Closing Awards Ceremony.
  • Contribute articles to the AAA Newsletter, Anatomy Now periodically throughout the year.


  • Be a member in good standing
  • Provide a CV and brief synopsis of why you are interested in serving and how you might contribute to addressing committee responsibilities
  • Additional information, such as a letter of reference, may be requested



NameCompanyThru Date
Keely CassidyUniversity of Nebraska Medical Center4/1/2025


NameCompanyThru Date
Stefanie AttardiOakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine4/1/2024
Danielle BentleyUniversity of Toronto4/1/2025
An DangRocky Vista University4/1/2025
Andrew FerribyGeorge Washington University4/1/2026
Christina FojasMarist College4/1/2025
Emily GilbertUniversity of Toronto4/1/2024
Jenna Hagerty (she/her/hers)Thomas Jefferson University4/1/2026
Ryan KniggeUniversity of Minnesota4/1/2026
Charys MartinUniversity of Western Ontario4/1/2026
Amanda McBrideCooper Medical School of Rowan University4/1/2025
Geoffroy NoelUniversity of California - San Diego4/1/2024
Joanne PetersonArkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine4/1/2025
Anna RicciUniversity of Vermont4/1/2026
Alexandra WinkUMass Chan Medical School4/1/2024
Alexandra ZachwiejaUniversity of Minnesota4/1/2024


  • The committee shall hold conference calls as needed and meets daily during the Annual Meeting.
  • The committee is responsible for reviewing and scoring 125-150 abstracts 2-3 weeks after the Annual Meeting abstract deadline (end of December and beginning of January) during a 2-3 week time period.


  • The committee shall consist of 14-16 postdoctoral fellows or junior faculty.
  • The chair serves on the Program Committee.
  • A representative serves on the Educational Affairs Committee.
  • In recruiting and appointing members, consideration will be given to diversity in scientific and educational research areas and geographic location.
  • Committee members are not eligible to compete in or receive a Student/Postdoc or Early-Career Travel Award.
  • Members serve for 3 years; the chair serves for 2 years in this capacity. The term begins after the annual business meeting and continues through the meeting in the year of expiration.

Application Process

  • Applications are solicited annually through a Call for Volunteers
  • Applications are reviewed and scored by the committee chairs and members; scores, demographics, needs of the committee, and comments from the reviews are taken into consideration when choosing new members
  • New committee members are chosen, and then reviewed by the Nominating Committee
  • The new committee members are approved by the full Board of Directors
  • After Board approval, notifications are sent out. Feedback is given if requested by the applicant