Anatomy Connected 2023

Maximize your experience with Early-Career Travel Awards!

Deadline:  December 14, 2022

AAA provides travel awards, in the amount of $500 and $500 travel reimbursement (new increase for 2022), to early career members to help attend and present your research at our annual meeting, Anatomy Connected 2023.

Early-Career Travel Awards Details

How to Apply

Applying is easy, since the award application is part of the abstract submission process. Submit your abstract and apply for an award at the same time before the abstract submission deadline (December 14, 2022) To be eligible, when submitting your abstract, be sure to:

  • Renew your AAA membership for 2023 or join as a new member
  • Fill out the appropriate responses when you get to the "Awards" page of the abstract submission site.

Submitting a Winning Entry

  • Read and follow all eligibility requirements and guidelines below.
  • Reference the abstract scoring rubric (new). See details below.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must:

  • Be a junior faculty AAA member (within 10 years of highest degree) (Join now!)
  • Pay 2023 dues in full by December 14, 2022
  • Be the first author on the abstract
  • Attend Anatomy Connected to present your research


  • This travel award is competitive.  Abstracts are pre-judged to determine award winners and at least 5 winners will be selected for the award of $500 and $500 travel reimbursement. 
  • Presenting authors may only designate one abstract for award consideration. If more than one abstract is put forward for the competition, only the first submission will be considered.
  • Oral and poster presentations that are research focused (i.e., non-descriptive works) will be prioritized over descriptive works and given more consideration when selecting award winners. While the submission of descriptive works is encouraged, please recognize that the evaluation of scientific and educational research presentations relies heavily on the tenets of the scientific process as a guide to compare and judge the quality of presentations.
  • Only applications with confirmed abstracts will be considered.
  • Awards are non-transferable and no substitution of first author/presenter is allowed.
  • Recipients will be notified about eight weeks after the abstract deadline.
  • Travel Awards are distributed at the meeting after your poster or oral presentation. Cancellations or no-shows will not receive a travel award.
  • All Travel Award recipients will receive 1 complimentary ticket to attend the Closing Awards Ceremony and additional tickets may be purchased online prior to the meeting.
  • Authors are not permitted to submit an abstract on previously published work unless the abstract represents further progression of the published research. This applies to abstracts submitted but not presented at EB 2020 due to meeting cancellation.

New: Abstract Scoring Rubric

To establish consistency and rigor in the abstract review process, we have developed an abstract scoring rubric. The scoring rubric was devised in order to ensure high scientific quality and importance, incorporate a rigorous scientific review process, and maintain consistency across reviewers.

The scoring rubric will be used to score 1) all educational abstracts and 2) all abstracts (educational and scientific) submitted to Student/Postdoc Registration and Competition Awards. It is expected that all applicants will review the scoring rubric in advance of submitting their abstract. In summary, abstracts will be score in the following categories:

  • Introduction & Objective – (5 points) Was the research question/objective stated clearly? The introduction should provide context to your reader, an introduction to your topic and its importance, and your study objective, question, or hypothesis, whichever is appropriate.
  • Materials and Methods – (5 points) Was the approach/method for answering the question stated clearly and is it appropriate to the study? The materials and methods section should include brief, clear statements of the appropriate methods used to conduct the study. Keep this as straightforward as you can. If the methods were unusual or novel describe in slightly more detail.
  • Results – (10 points) Were the results clearly stated and placed in their appropriate context? A summary of the most important results must be included. Key findings should be clear, concise, and explicit. Results should include supporting data. Lack of results with supporting data will lead to your abstract score being lowered for this section. Include appropriate statistics to support claims of significance.
  • Conclusion – (5 points) Did the conclusion clearly communicate the take-home message from the study and did it relate to the study objective(s)?
  • Significance/Implication – (10 points) Did the author effectively communicate the significance of the results? This section should also include the importance/significance of the findings, and directions for future work and next steps. This is your opportunity to describe the significance of your findings to science and/or the translation of your findings to progress in your field.

Travel Award Scoring Rubric 

Below are the guidelines/tips and scoring rubric that the award judges will be following.

Early Career Travel Award