Research Competition Information

Eligibility Criteria

  • Must be Military Otolaryngology staff, residents, or fellows

    • Who have written a manuscript that is accepted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal during the last year or 

    • Who are presenting an oral presentation accepted at an annual society meeting (AAO, COSM, etc.) This has been waived for 2020 event

  • Must be an active member of the Society of Military Otolaryngologist (SMO) if selected. You do not have to be a member to submit. 

  • Resident and Faculty cannot submit the same abstract or poster for each category. 

  • Agree to have abstract or poster posted on SMO forum and or blog post.  


Awards are given to the 1st and 2nd Place Winners for each category. Awards Include: 

  • 1st Place Award- $400 Cash along with podium recognition

  • 2nd Place Award- $200 Cash along with podium recognition


Winners will be announced at the annual meeting.  Winners do not need to be present to win. 

Submission & Format

Abstract submissions must be received by 15 May 2020. Semi-finalists will be required to submit the final paper on or before August 14, 2020. Submissions mush include:

  • Abstract to include:

    • Title 

    • Type of Study (e.g. chart review, prospective trial, animal study, etc.)

    • Background

    • Materials and Methods

    • Results and Conclusion.

  • Cover page that includes:

    • Name 

    • Rank

    • Institution

    • Project Title

    • Where the abstract was/is being submitted

Judging Criteria

An independent review panel will judge the submissions. The judges will not have knowledge of the authors or their parent institutions.  Judging criteria will includes:

  • Scientific merit 

  • Methodology 

  • Practical application

  • Style and composition,

  • Depth of discussion and

  • Validity of conclusions.  

  • Overall organization, clarity of summary, visual presentation and military relevance


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