AMP Europe 2018 Young Investigator Awards

Application for this award is made during the abstract submission process.
AMP Europe 2018 Abstract Submission Deadline: February 12, 2018

The mission of the AMP Europe 2018 Young Investigator Award is to nurture the next generation of molecular professionals and to encourage junior investigators to ask important original questions, to design sound, controlled experiments with a clear rationale, and to present the results clearly in a poster format.

The AMP Europe 2018 Young Investigator Award recognizes the best abstracts submitted by trainees or early career technicians or laboratory scientists who are first authors and who present outstanding basic or applied research in poster format at the AMP Europe 2018 conference. Trainees are defined as students, residents, and postdoctoral fellows. “Early career” is defined as within six years of conferral of a degree or technician certificate.

Three AMP Global Young Investigator Awards will be selected at the AMP Europe 2018 conference. Winners will be recognized at the closing session and receive a stipend.

To qualify for an award, the applicant must be the first/submitting author, a trainee or early career technicians or laboratory scientists, and agree to attend the AMP Europe 2018 conference in order to accept the award personally.

Posters are judged by members of the AMP Global Organizing Committee using the following criteria:

  • Originality: The work presented should constitute a new and original contribution to methods, results or general analysis of the considered scientific question. For studies that involve a methods comparison, the work should include a rigorous and thoughtful analysis of the clinical or scientific context of the technology.
  • Significance: The described research or analysis should address a problem that is important to the field of Molecular Pathology.
  • Focus: The scientific question(s) the investigator has addressed should be clear and the rationale for the described experimentation or analysis must be appropriately focused.
  • Experimental design and control: Experiments should be well designed and controlled and data rigorously and appropriately analyzed.
  • Presentation: The poster presentations must be well organized and the work and its conclusions presented in a clearly understandable and compelling manner. In addition, the applicant is expected to describe the research and its conclusions orally while the poster is attended.

IMPORTANT: Award applicants must present their posters at the designated time and attend the closing session, or forfeit eligibility for the award. See the online Preliminary Program and the Program Book for a current meeting schedule.

Judging Criteria for Young Investigator Posters

Prior to the AMP Europe 2018 conference, the Global Organizing Committee reviews and partially scores (35 out of 100 points) accepted abstracts with the criteria listed below. The remainder of the score (65 out of 100 points) will be judged on-site at the conference with the criteria listed below. Similar to all other posters, if the scientific content of the submitted abstract has been altered since its submission, the revised abstract must be included in the poster, as well as a notice stating that a revised abstract is included.

Pre-Conference Evaluation of Abstract (35 points)

  • Background, Rationale, and Originality (10 points): The work presented should constitute a new and original contribution to methods, results or general analysis of the considered scientific question. For studies that involve a methods comparison, the work should include a rigorous and thoughtful analysis of the clinical or scientific context of the technology. The scientific question(s) the investigator has addressed should be clear and the rationale for the described experimentation or analysis must be appropriately focused
  • Experimental Design (10 points): Experiments should be well designed and controlled and data rigorously and appropriately analyzed.
  • Significance of Findings (15 points): The described research or analysis should address a problem that is important to the field of Molecular Pathology.

Poster Review at AMP Europe 2018 (65 points)

The poster presentations must be well organized and the work and its conclusions presented in a clearly understandable and compelling manner. In addition, the applicant is expected to describe the research and its conclusions orally while the poster is attended.

  • Quality of Presenter’s Oral Presentation of Work (30 points)
  • Clarity of Written Presentation (10 points)
  • Validity of Conclusions (15 points)
  • Format of Poster – Inclusion of Required Elements (10 points)
    • Background or Introduction
    • Materials & Methods
    • Results
    • Conclusions
    • Appropriate references and acknowledgements

TOTAL POSSIBLE POINTS: 100 Points