The poster award winner will receive the SLAS Tony B. Travel Award – to recognize up-and-coming researchers who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in laboratory science and technology. The SLAS Tony B. Travel Award contains the following:
1. Complimentary Premier SLAS Membership for one year
2. Full registration for the SLAS2024 Conference and Exhibition in Boston, MA. (link will be provided when available)
3. Travel stipend including shared hotel accommodations (up to 4 nights) and airfare or train fare
4. One SLAS Short Course registration
5. Invitation to be featured on the SLAS podcast, New Matter: Inside the Minds of SLAS Scientists
6. Mentorship opportunity through SLAS Mentor Match Program
7. Waived publication fee (i.e., APC) for one article in SLAS Discovery or SLAS Technology journals reporting the contents of the winning poster
The SLAS Tony B. Travel grant program provides funding for the SLAS International Conference and Exhibition and the SLAS Europe Conference and Exhibition for students, graduate students, post-doctoral associates, and junior faculty with less than four years in their first academic appointments. Those who have completed undergraduate and/or graduate school and are within the first five years of their professional career are also eligible
All posters at the LRIG Chapter Meeting that opt in for review for this award will be judged according to the requirements of the SLAS Poster Award listed below:
· Organization: Is the poster content organized in a logical manner, such that experimental problem, approach and results are easily understood?
· Layout: Is the poster layout, look and feel well done? Does the presenter use appropriate font sizes, readable graphics, suitable colors?
· Motivation/Background: Does the poster present sufficient context for the reader to understand the purpose and originality of the experiment as well as the background and motivation for performing the experiment?
· Approach: Does the poster present sufficient data on the experimental methods used for the reader to understand and judge the quality of the approach?
· Discussion: Does the poster demonstrate an understanding of the selected methods and technologies in the context of the state-of-the-art? The presenter should provide appropriate statistics.
· Conclusion: Does the poster present sufficient information and data to support the conclusion of the poster?
Each candidate will be judged on the same criteria as listed below. In scoring the presentations, the judges will consider the following:
· Timely presentation: Did the presenter explain the key concept(s) of the poster within the time allowed?
· Content: Was the poster content presented clearly and concisely in a way that enhanced understanding of the written poster content? (Rather than just a verbatim reading of the poster itself.)
· Questions and answers: Did the presenter satisfactorily answer questions from the judges within the time allowed?
· Overall presentation: Was the presenter able to keep the judges' attention during the presentation and was the presentation easily understood? Did the presenter show an appropriate level of enthusiasm for the research?
Note that space is limited at the event so not all submitted abstracts may be accepted for the poster session. We will prioritize posters by early career professionals for this event.