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The Critser Award offers meeting travel and expense support in the amount of $2,000 for the top ranked student extended abstract. This award is generously endowed by the Critser Family.

The Winner of the Critser award must use the funds to participate in the in-person annual meeting.

Each year the Society for Cryobiology disseminates significant financial aid in the form of travel grants to students from around the world enabling them to present their research at the meeting. The number of grants and the amount varies based on need, but is usually in the region of $500-1,000 per grant. 

Recipients of the travel grants must use the funds to participate in the in-person annual meeting.

Each year the top four student extended abstracts, as selected by the Awards Committee, compete to win the prestigious Crystal Award for Best Student Oral Presentation. The winner of the Peter L. Steponkus Crystal Award will be awarded an honorarium of $1,000.

If unable to attend the in-person meeting, the winner of the Crystal award must be able to attend the in-person session via Zoom to make their presentation virtually and answer live audience questions.

All student posters are eligible to enter the student poster competition. The winner will be awarded an honorarium of $500.

Both virtual and in-person submission for the Poster Competition will be considered for the award. The poster competition winner will be announced at the culmination of the virtual sessions.

Applicants must be a current / pending student members of the Society for Cryobiology. Student membership is free with supporting Proof of Enrollment. You can apply or renew your membership at the Society for Cryobiology website.

Applicants must be have been actively enrolled as a student at anytime between July 24, 2021 and July 29, 2022. Students who graduated  within this time period are still eligible for 2022 awards & grants.

To complete the application you must have the following documents prepared and saved as PDF:

  1. One type of Proof of Enrollment (OR Proof of Graduation) – The acceptable types of student identification are:
    • University student ID card with photo & expiry date
    • Student Declaration letter filled in by your department or university. This letter must be printed on university letterhead paper, signed, and stamped
    • Screenshot of your university student portal showing your name, university, and current year of registration
  2. Extended Abstract Form, saved as a PDF
  3. Prepared <300 word Abstract for submission through Open Conf, due March 15th, 2022.
    • Submitting your application for the student awards and grants does not automatically submit your abstract for acceptance to CRYO2022. All students submitting the award and grant application must also submit an abridged version of their abstract (<300 words) for review and acceptance at the meeting. Follow the instructions on the abstracts page and submit your abridged abstract by March 15th, 2022. 

Please note tax information may be required from all award and grant winners for disbursement of funds. 

All applications will be assessed by the Society for Cryobiology Awards Committee, and their decision is final. 

Applications must be submitted in English

In years in which the committee feels that applicants fall short of the expected standard, the committee may, at their discretion, withhold any or all Awards.