Best Abstract Award Instructions

The ACSM Biomechanics Interest Group-Optitrak Best Abstract Award (ACSM BIG-BA) is given based on the the scientific quality of work being presented at the 2019 ACSM annual conference. The award will be given to the first author must also be the presenting author of the abstract. The awardee of the winning abstract will receive a certificate and a check for $500.00 USD. The Awardee must attend the Annual ACSM meeting to present their work in either poster or podium format. The Awardee must attend and will be given their award at the ACSM BIG Annual Meeting. Awardees must reply to the award notification email within one week to confirm acceptance and confirm their intent to attend the BIG Meeting.


Current or pending member of the ACSM (professional) at the time of the ACSM Annual Meeting. A scientist is considered eligible for the award if they have received their master’s or doctoral degree, and have not won a best abstract award in the last 3 years AND the abstract has been submitted and accepted for podium or poster presentation at the ACSM Annual meeting. Applicants may concurrently submit for Student Travel Awards but cannot be selected for both awards. 

Application Submission Materials 

1) Cover letter from applicant.
2) Expanded abstract of original research submitted and accepted to the ACSM annual meeting. The applicant must be the first author and the work should be the author’s own. The format for the abstract must be expanded from the original ACSM abstract to 2 pages, with title, authors and institutions clearly listed, all text in 12 pt font with 1” margins. Subheadings of Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion and Conclusions should be included, as well as Figures/Tables.
3) Copy of e-mail correspondence or letter from ACSM verifying that the submitted abstract has been accepted to the ACSM Annual meeting.
4) Proof of ACSM membership.

Submission Instructions

Applications should be submitted electronically to the ACSM BIG Awards Chair, Dr. Allison Gruber at  All material must be submitted by April 5, 2019. Please put “YOUR FIRST INITIAL, MI, LAST NAME – BIG BEST ABSTRACT AWARD” in the subject header of the application e-mail. ***Best Abstract Award applicants concurrently applying for a Student Travel Award MUST indicate that intent within the submission email.