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Political Action Committee (PAC) Fundraising Competition

Each year the ASCLS Political Action Committee (PAC) holds a challenge to constituent societies and regions to raise funds for the PAC to support activities in the government arena in order to promote governmental policies favorable to clinical laboratory science.


The constituent society which raises the highest amount of funds (per active membership) in the past Society year (August 1 of prior year to May of current year) will be acknowledged at the ASCLS Annual Meeting Awards Ceremony with a plaque. Second and third place winners may be awarded plaques as deemed appropriate. Regional winners are announced at the House of Delegates at the ASCLS Annual Meeting.

Deadline: May 15

Application: No application is required. Fundaising totals are automatically calculated based on the mailing address of all PAC donors throughout the year.

2019 Recipients

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2nd Place

3rd Place

Annual Meeting Poster Competition


This competition strives to encourage members to present their findings at the national level using a poster format. In addition, it provides a venue for laboratory educational programs to showcase their ‘best and brightest’. ASCLS invites all members to present their papers or other relevant findings at the Annual Meeting using this format.

The presentations will be judged in a peer-reviewed fashion onsite, and awards provided for the best posters in the following categories: member, graduate student, undergraduate student.

Award: The winners will receive a plaque at the ASCLS Annual Meeting Awards Ceremony.

Awards will be given for the best undergraduate, graduate student, and best practitioner poster at the ASCLS meeting. A complimentary year’s membership in ASCLS at the First Year Professional or the Professional I level will be the prize.

The undergraduate student whose poster is judged best in the competition will also be given a cash prize of $500 by the ASCLS E & R Fund.

Winning authors are encouraged to submit their presentation to the journal Clinical Laboratory Science. (Note: Significant editorial changes may be necessary before publication and the journal reserves the right to reject any submission not deemed worthy of publication.)

Complete submission guidelines and instructions may be found at https://www.ascls.org/education-meetings/annual-meeting/annual-meeting-abstract-submissions 


  • Any current ASCLS member
  • Accredited MLT or MLS educational programs are invited to present student and faculty/practitioner posters
  • Programs may submit more than one poster


2020 Recipients

Professional Category
Brandy Gunsolus, Kellie Foss, and Gurmukh Singh
Promotion of Appropriate Laboratory Test Utilization

Graduate Category
Corey Swackhammer, Jacob Gault, Aaron Beaver, Estephania Yanez, and Taylor Eaves
Rapid Molecular Detection of Pseudomonas aeruginosa Using Real- Time PCR

Student Category
Rachel Siddall, Carol Young and William LeBar
Cefiderocol Susceptibility in Gram Negative Organisms

2019 Recipients

Professional Category
Kathryn Golab and Luis Carrillo-Polanco
An Unusual Presentation of Smoldering Multiple Myeloma in a patient with End Stage Renal Disease

Graduate Category
Kelissa McCullar, Amanda Phillips, and Mayra Gonzales
Rapid Molecular Detection of Adenosine Deaminase Deficiency Severe Combined Immunodeficiency Using High-Resolution Melt Analysis

Student Category
Brittany Pulkkila
Cost-Effectiveness of LAMP Test for Molecular Diagnosis of Human Schistosomes (co-authors: Nilanjan Lodh and James Mwansa)

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 Kathryn Golab  Brittany Pulkkila and Roslyn McQueen

ASCLS Lifetime Achievement Award



  • The purpose of the ASCLS Lifetime Achievement Award is to recognize and honor an ASCLS member who has “made a difference” in ASCLS and the profession of clinical laboratory science. This award provides special recognition to an individual who has provided dedicated and outstanding service at all levels of the organization over a sustained period of time. In addition, the individual has demonstrated outstanding career achievements in clinical laboratory science and has significantly promoted the profession to the public and other health care professionals.


  • All nominees attending the ASCLS Annual Meeting will receive a plaque and recognition at the ASCLS Awards Ceremony where the recipient of this award will be announced.


  • Nominations may be made by:
    • any ASCLS member, or
    • Constituent Society


The nominee must be:

  • A member of ASCLS for at least 20 years prior to nomination
  • A current member at the time of award presentation
  • Actively involved in the profession of clinical laboratory science.

ASCLS Board of Director members are NOT eligible during their tenure on the Board.

Please remember: To be nominated for this award is an honor in itself and is the reason why each nominee receives recognition.


Please weigh the qualifications and choice of this outstanding member carefully. The judges of this award have the difficult task of selecting a winner based on the information provided on the forms. Please pay particular attention to how you complete these forms. Your thoughtful presentation of the candidate’s merit, accurate completion of the forms, and careful attention to the deadline will ensure your nominee the full consideration he/she deserves.

An individual or constituent society may nominate one individual. A previous nomination will not disqualify a person for re-nomination.

It is the nominator’s responsibility to make sure the nominee understands what must be submitted and does the follow-through to see that deadlines are observed. If a constituent society is nominating an individual then the Constituent Society President should assume the role of nominator. A nomination letter in support of the merits of the nominee as an individual and as an active member of ASCLS or state/local societies must be included. It is also the nominator’s responsibility to write and submit the nomination letter. Points are awarded from the nomination letter in the category of contribution to the profession.

All forms must be submitted electronically to the Awards Committee. To be valid, a nomination must follow the format. Additional sheets of information can be submitted. CV’s are not acceptable. The nomination form, the nominee information form, and the letter must be submitted no later than February 15 to the Awards Committee. Nominations lacking either forms or nomination letter will not be accepted.


The recipient of this award is selected based on his/her contribution to the profession and ASCLS over the entire duration of their membership. In selecting nominees, constituent societies or individuals should look at members who have a long history of significant contributions.

Nominees are evaluated using many activities that have occurred over a 20 year time span of membership. Criteria include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • ASCLS activities at the local, state, regional, and national levels
  • Activity has increased with years of experience at each level
  • Professional honors given for ASCLS activities
  • National, regional, state
  • Participation in other organizations related to clinical laboratory science (e.g., NAACLS volunteer, Board of Certification committee chair or Board member, AABB, ASM)
  • Contributions to the profession
  • Professional publications and presentations
  • Government and licensure activities on the state level
  • Recruitment into the profession or providing the ‘face of the profession’ by participating in health fairs or science fairs, career days, MLPW activities, and other activities that promote clinical laboratory science in the community

Our goal is to have a group of nominees who represent the epitome of service and professional activities within ASCLS and the Clinical Laboratory Science profession. Even if you feel that the person you would like to nominate may not win the award because he or she is not actively involved in every activity category, please consider suggesting that person as your nominee. There are many members who have inspired us and might not win the award, but what a great way to recognize them for all they’ve done for the profession. It is truly an honor to be nominated!

  1. Download and Complete Attachment 1: ASCLS Society Involvement
  2. Download and Complete Attachment 2: Honors, Presentations, Publications and Other
  3. Complete the Lifetime Achievement Online Nominaton Form and upload Attachment 1, Attachment 2, and nomination letter.

2020 Recipient

PanningRick Panning


  • Jan Hudzicki, ASCLS-Kansas
  • Carey Loveland, ASCLS-Michigan
  • Rick Panning, ASCLS-Minnesota

2019 Recipient

LifetimeAchievementCroppedCheryl Caskey


  • Cheryl Caskey, Louisiana Society for Clinical Laboratory Science
  • John Landis, ASCLS-Michigan
  • Angela Tomei Robinson, ASCLS-New York
  • Dan Southern, North Carolina Society for Clinical Laboratory Science 
  • John Strous, ASCLS-Wisconsin

Robin H. Mendelson Memorial Award

The Robin H. Mendelson Memorial Award was established in 1971 to commemorate a courageous young man who struggled for five years with kidney dialysis and two transplants during the infancy of transplant technology. The award honors outstanding service and contributions to ASCLS, the ASCLS Education and Research Fund, and to the Clinical Laboratory Science profession.

Presentation: The award is a plaque that is presented to the outgoing ASCLS president and up to three additional honorees at the close of the annual ASCLS House of Delegates.


  • Outgoing ASCLS president (automatic, no nomination is required)
  • Current or outgoing elected or appointed ASCLS officer or employee
  • Current or outgoing chair or member of the ASCLS Education and Research Fund, Inc.
  • ASCLS member or other professional whose particular contribution is deserving of recognition during a chosen time period

Nominations: Current ASCLS board members are invited to prepare nomination letters. ASCLS members are encouraged to submit recommendations to their ASCLS Region Director. Nomination letters must include:

  • Nominee's name, degree, affiliation, and full contact information (address, phones, email)
  • Specific contribution for which the nominee is being honored
  • Date or period of time the contribution was made

Nomination deadline: April 15

Nominator: please attach the electronic nomination letter and email to Executive Vice President at jimf@ascls.org. Only electronic documents are accepted.






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