Student Paper Competition Sponsored by ASA’s Medical Devices and Diagnostics Section

The Medical Devices and Diagnostics (MDD) section of the ASA is sponsoring a student paper competition to offset travel costs to JSM 2018. A manuscript suitable for journal submission is required to enter. The first-place winner will receive $500, and the second-place winner will receive $300.

To be eligible for this award, applicants must be full- or part-time students (undergraduate, master’s, or PhD) on or after September 1, 2017, or within two years of graduation if the submitted work was initiated while the applicant was a student. The applicant must be first author on the paper, and the adviser (or co-author) must write a letter stating that the applicant had primary responsibility for the research and write-up. The applicant also must be a member of MDD.

The deadline for application is December 15. To formally submit an application, send an email to with the following attachments (in PDF format):

  • The curriculum vitae of the applicant
  • A letter from the adviser (or co-author) verifying the student status of the applicant and briefly describing the applicant’s role in the research and writing of the paper
  • A cover letter describing the contributions of the paper to MDD
  • The paper—including all tables, figures, and appendices—as a single PDF file

Papers will be reviewed by an MDD committee. Criteria for selection will include, but is not limited to, novelty in theory/methods/applications, significance and potential impact of the research, and clarity of writing and presentation. Decisions of the committee are final.

Applicants will be notified of the committee decision by January 30, 2018. The winners (including those receiving honorable mention) must submit abstracts and register for JSM by February 2018 through the official JSM abstract submission system. To receive the award, winners must register for the conference and present a talk under the auspices of the MDD on the topic of the winning paper. Those who are not selected as winners are encouraged to submit a contributed abstract to JSM 2018.

Students may submit papers to no more than two sections and may accept only one section’s award. Students must inform both sections applied to when he or she wins and accepts an award, thereby removing him or her from the award competition for the second section.

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