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Committee for Early-Career Anatomists (CECA)

In alignment with the Strategic Plan, the committee 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.


Fulfill all responsibilities and committee activities with an overriding objective of meeting the Association’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion strategies, goals, and priorities.



  • 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.
  • Ability to attend the Annual Meeting.



NameCompanyThru Date
Keely CassidyUniversity of Nebraska Medical Center3/31/2025


NameCompanyThru Date
Danielle BentleyUniversity of Toronto3/31/2025
An DangRocky Vista University3/31/2025
Angelique DueñasNorthwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine3/31/2027
Andrew FerribyGeorge Washington University3/31/2026
Christina FojasMarist College3/31/2025
Jeremy GrachanRutgers University3/31/2027
Amy GyorkosWestern Michigan University3/31/2027
Jenna Hagerty (she/her/hers)Thomas Jefferson University3/31/2026
Ethan HillUniversity of New Mexico School of Medicine3/31/2027
Ryan KniggeUniversity of Minnesota3/31/2026
Terry LiUniversity of Manitoba3/31/2027
Charys MartinWestern University3/31/2026
Amanda McBrideCooper Medical School of Rowan University3/31/2025
Joanne PetersonArkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine3/31/2025
Anna RicciUniversity of Vermont3/31/2026


  • The Committee shall hold video conferences as needed and meet 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.


  • 14-16 postdoctoral fellows or junior faculty.
  • The Chair serves on the Program 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.

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
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