DEADLINE:  February 15

Purpose:  The Theriot Award recognizes and encourages the development of significant creative innovations and materials that contribute to the quality of laboratory testing, improved patient care, or enhance teaching.

Award: Recipients receive a plaque at the ASCLS Annual Meeting Awards Ceremony. 



  • Any member of ASCLS that has developed materials in the area of multimedia, materials and/or equipment, or provided the idea for the items
  • Any organized group that has developed materials in the area of multimedia, materials and/or equipment, or provided the idea for the items, that is sponsored by an ASCLS member
  • All entries must be in a well developed state, not a preliminary stage of investigation or development
  • All entries must be submitted on the official ASCLS Theriot Award Application Form.
  • The application must be typed and sent electronicially.

Judging criteria:

  • Creativity
    • Originality: Was the project original or have a unique approach or concept?
    • Graphics/visuals: Does the artwork/graphics enhance the project?
    • Goal Achievement: Does the project achieve its goal or purpose?
  • Scientific Merit
    • Benefit to profession: Does the project improve quality of laboratory testing, patient care/treatment, or enhance teaching?
    • Relevance to current laboratory medicine: Was the project timely or critical to laboratory practice?
    • Impact on ASCLS Body of Knowledge or scope of practice: Does the project expand the current level of knowledge or scope of practice in clinical laboratory science?
    • Accuracy: Was the material accurate to a degree necessary for target audience?
    • References: Were references adequate, current, and relevant to the project?
  • Professional Quality of Project
    • Interest level: Does the project hold attention?
    • Ease of use: Is the project “user friendly”?
    • Appearance of project: Does the project have polished, professional look reflective of medium selected?
  • Understanding of selected media
    • Technology: Does the project reflect contemporary technology in the use of selected medium (i.e., current versions of software, contemporary graphics, etc.)?
    • Availability: Was the medium used readily available to target audiences?
The Awards Committee  reserves the right to withhold the award for the current year if nominees do not meet requirements.