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Who: All students (PT & PTA) who are WPTA members and submitted abstracts for review for presentation as a research poster at the 2019 WPTA Fall Conference will be considered eligible for the competition.

Where: Madison Marriott West - 1313 John Q Hammons Dr., Middleton, WI 53562

Types: Basic/Applied Science or Case Study/Report

Abstract Submission Deadline: Friday, August 16, 2019 at 5:00pm CST

Abstract Submission Instructions: Complete the abstract form as a Microsoft Word document (.docx) and send in an email as an attachment to Sheri Bunyan ([email protected])

Judging Process: All abstracts submitted by students (PT & PTA) will be reviewed by a three member review panel, including:

  • Two licensed physical therapists from different practice settings (e.g., inpatient, acute care, outpatient, home health, etc.)
  • One licensed physical therapist who is currently a core faculty member in a DPT Program

These individuals will judge each abstract based on criteria provided by the Research Committee. Associated authors of all abstracts will be blinded to the review panel. In addition, individuals will not be allowed to participate on the review panel if they have a conflict of interest that may influence in the judging process (e.g., have a financial conflict, are co-authors on other abstracts, etc.).

Scores from this judging process will be totaled by the Research Committee and the abstracts with the three highest scores will be assigned 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards, respectively. In the event of a tie, the Research Committee Chair will serve as the tie-breaking judge.

Winners: All winning abstracts will be announced, and respective primary authors will be recognized, during the poster viewing session on Thursday, October 10. These winning abstracts will then be published in the January 2020 issue of the WPTA PT Connections newsletter.

In addition, the primary authors of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place abstract award winners will receive the following monetary prizes:

  • 1st Place = $300
  • 2nd Place = $200
  • 3rd Place = $100

Note: Research posters will be presented on the afternoon of Thursday, October 10, 2019. If the primary author of a winning abstract is not in attendance to present their abstract as a poster, they will forfeit their award and the award will be given to the abstract with the next highest score.

Please see the attachments below for additional information:

Abstract Guidelines
Abstract Judging Rubric
Abstract Submission Form

Questions?  Contact Research Committee Chair, Sheri Bunyan, MPT, at  [email protected].  

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