Abstracts & Awards

Abstracts & Awards

AMP Europe Young Investigator Travel Awards

The AMP Europe Young Investigator & Technologist Travel Awards provide travel assistance to the AMP Europe 2020 conference to help nurture the next generation of molecular professionals in laboratory medicine.

Those eligible to apply are the following:

  • technologists, technicians, medical/technical assistants, (up to six years of conferral of a degree or technician certificate)
  • trainees (graduate/medical students at the master’s or doctoral level, or residents), or
  • early career fellows (up to six years after graduating with a doctoral degree).

Applicants must:

  • be a Young Investigator as defined above.
  • lack funding for travel and/or registration to the AMP Europe 2020 conference from their institution.
  • provide confirmation of trainee status and lack of institutional funding from their supervisor or program director (see Part B below).
  • secure any necessary travel visas and provide documentation for permission to attend the AMP Europe 2020 congress.
  • agree to attend the awards ceremony at the AMP Europe 2020 congress to personally accept the travel award.
  • submit a brief report to AMP within a month of the conclusion of the AMP Europe 2020 congress summarizing his/her experiences and what s/he learned by attending the AMP Europe 2020 congress.

Note: Authorship on an abstract submitted to the AMP Europe 2020 congress is preferred, but not required.

Application Process

  1. Prepare support documents:
    1. Current CV or resume
    2. Statement of Interest that includes:
      1. Description of your commitment, experience, and interest in molecular diagnostics.
      2. Description of what you expect to gain from attending the AMP Europe 2020 congress. For example, how you believe the knowledge gained will expand your current understanding of molecular diagnostics, how it will benefit you in your current position, and/or how it will enhance your career.
      3. If you are an author on an abstract that has been submitted for AMP Europe 2020 congress, include a copy of the abstract in either MS Word or PDF format.   Note: Authorship on an abstract submitted to the AMP Europe 2020 congress is preferred but not required.
  2. Complete and submit an online application
  3. Confirm that your supervisor or program director submits the required communication indicating that neither your travel nor registration for the AMP Europe 2020 congress is funded by your institution (see Part B, below).

The trainee applicant’s Supervisor or Program Director sends an email to ampawards@amp.org with the following information:

  1. Applicant’s Name and Young Investigator Status (Trainee/Employee) or Position
  2. Description of financial support, if any, provided by the institution:
    1. Registration: full, partial (amount), or none
    2. Airfare and/or ground transportation: full, partial (amount), or none
    3. Hotel: full, partial (amount), or none
    4. Meals: full, partial (amount), or none
  3. Supervisor or Program Director’s name and contact information

Award Eligibility

The AMP Young Investigator Awards recognize the best abstracts submitted by trainees or early career laboratory scientists who are first authors and who present outstanding basic or applied research in poster format at the AMP Europe 2020. 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.

The mission of the AMP 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. Three AMP Young Investigator Awards will be selected at the AMP Europe 2020. Winners will be recognized at the closing session and receive a stipend.

To qualify for an award, the applicant must be the first author, a trainee or early career technician or laboratorian, and agree to attend the AMP Europe 2020 in order to accept the award personally.

Note: there are also Travel Awards available with special eligibility requirements. See the AMP Europe 2020 website for details at: https://amp-europe-congress.com/abstracts/

In addition to the General Rules for Abstract Submission, the following Rules apply to the AMP Europe Young Investigator Award applicants:

  1. Must be First/Presenting Author on the submitted abstract.
  2. Must be a trainee or early career laboratory scientist. 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.
  3. Poster Size Requirement: All posters must be portrait format and no larger than 85cm high by 120cm wide (DIN A0 size). AMP reserves the right to remove posters that exceed the size requirement.
  4. Posters must be attended by the Presenting Author during their assigned time period(s). Please note that award applicants may be required to attend their posters at two time periods, one for the committee judging posters and the other for meeting attendees. Authors will be notified of their assigned time(s) in the abstract acceptance notice, which will be emailed to the Corresponding Author by the end of January 2020. The poster attendance schedule will also be noted in the Preliminary Program at amp-europe-congress.com and in the Program Book.
  5. Must agree to attend the AMP Europe 2020 in order to accept the award personally