Tony B. Academic Travel Award

The Tony B. Academic Travel Award honors , an Association for Laboratory Automation (ALA) co-founder who passed away in August, 2009. Tony played a very inspirational and instrumental role in laboratory robotics and made significant contributions to ALA, the former LabAutomation conference and exhibition, and the scientific community as a whole. We are honored to remember him through a program that recognizes up-and-coming researchers who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in laboratory science and technology.

Tony B. Academic Travel Award

...for Students, Post-Doctoral Fellows and Junior Faculty

Students, graduate students, post-doctoral associates, and junior faculty (less than four years in first academic appointment) may apply for this prestigious travel award. The applicant must be the primary author of a submitted abstract and must present their research in either a poster or oral (podium) session at the conference.

Award applications are reviewed by members of the selection panel and are based on a number of factors, including but not limited to:

Multiple applicants from a single research group are allowed to apply for the award. However, such applicants should understand that award application reviewers may prioritize the applications such that only one individual per investigator's research group will receive an award, based on funding availability and the criteria stated above.

Application Deadline (Podium & Poster Consideration):
Monday, August 3, 2015
Application Deadline (Poster Consideration Only):
Monday, September 21, 2015
Awardee Notifications Begin:
Week of October 19, 2015 (approximately)

Important Deadline Note:

If you want your submission considered for a podium presentation, your application must be received by Monday, August3, 2015. After this date, all abstracts will be considered for poster presentations only.

Tony B. Academic Travel Award Details of Covered Expenses:

Travel awards do not include a per-diem for food, rental car reimbursement, ground transportation, parking, taxi service or other incidental expenses. Most meals are included with conference registration.

Award Application Process:

To submit for consideration for this award you must submit an abstract via the SLAS2016 Call for Abstracts. To view abstract submission guidelines or to begin the submission process, please click here.

During the abstract submission process, you will be given the option to opt in to participate in the award. You will be required to provide:


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