Submit here - Young Investigator Symposium (YIS)

DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED: Wednesday, March 13th at 11:59pm EDT.

The Young Investigators Symposium at the COMP Annual Scientific Meeting is a prestigious session profiling top rated abstracts from up-and-coming medical physics investigators.  Below you will find information to help support your submission.  You are encouraged to review the criteria in advance.

YIS Eligibility

To be eligible, presenting authors must be COMP graduate student members in good standing at the time of submission. Abstracts must be original work not previously presented or submitted to any other conference or published in a journal. Previous YIS winners are ineligible.

Unsuccessful YIS submissions will be considered for presentation with the other general proffered papers.

Abstract Submission Criteria

Abstract Categories: big data and analytics, brachytherapy, imaging in radiation therapy, medical imaging, quality and safety, radiation dosimetry, radiation therapy special techniques, radiation treatment planning, medical physics education and professional topics in medical physics

Abstract – Short Version (word limit: 250)
Short abstracts, which will be published in Medical Physics should concisely convey key points under the headings of Purpose, Methods, Results, and Conclusions. To enable blind review, do not list any author names, institutions in the space provided

Abstract – Long Abstract (YIS word limit: 1500)
Long abstracts are mandatory for all YIS submissions and will be made available to view or download on the COMP website after the ASM.  Long abstracts facilitate a deeper understanding of the work and may include up to 3 figures and/or tables. The long abstract must include the following section headings: Innovation/Impact, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results and Discussions, Conclusions, References.  Under Innovation/Impact, succinctly provide a statement (one or two sentences) of the work’s innovation/impact.  Although the limit is 3 figures/tables, images, or multimedia elements, up to 5 files can be uploaded if there are multiple parts. 


Author Verification Agreement (required)
The corresponding author must agree to the following "Author Verification Agreement" statement button in the submission process.

By checking the box, you verify that each author to be listed on the submitted abstract has contributed to the content of the abstract and consented to the submission of the said abstract.

Conflict of Interest (required)
Any financial relationship with sponsoring companies or organizations about whose product or services that the Author(s) are reporting must be disclosed.  If such a financial arrangement exists, a disclosure statement must be entered in the space provided after you check the box.

This policy should not discourage such support.  It is meant to allow members of the audience to form their own judgments about the presentation with the full disclosure of the facts.

Distribution Agreement (required)
The corresponding author must agree to the "Distribution Agreement" button in the submission process.

By checking the box, you verify that each author listed on the submitted abstract has agreed to permit the distribution of the abstract at the COMP ASM, via the COMP website and any other publication resulting from the ASM. Under this constraint, you also verify that all contributing authors will obtain or have obtained permission for the use of any copyrighted materials that may be presented at the COMP ASM for educational purposes from the appropriate copyright owner(s) and publisher(s).

Status, Withdrawal and Review Process

You will be sent a confirmation e-mail that your abstract has been received.  A review committee will be accessing and reviewing abstracts after the March 13, 2024, deadline.  You will receive an email notification in mid-April advising whether your abstract has been accepted for the YIS, or whether it will be considered for an oral or poster presentation with the other proffered papers.  As per changes to the COMP Policies and Procedures, effective 2022, YIS presenting authors of accepted abstracts are no longer exempt from registration fees. 

Please note that unless you indicate a preference for a poster presentation, decisions regarding oral and poster presentations are made by the ASM Planning Committee.  Any submission may be rejected.

Requests to withdraw an abstract should be sent to Crystal Grobb, COMP Member and Education Coordinator:

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