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AES Blue Fingers Student Award

The AES Student Award recognizes the most outstanding student paper submitted for the AES Annual Conference by a graduate student. The award recipient will receive a complimentary conference registration* and financial support (up to $700) to attend the AES Annual Conference. The financial support can be used to cover transportation, hotel accommodation and meals. In order to their presentation considered for the AES ‘Blue Fingers’ Student Award, students should submit their abstracts to one the sessions organized by AES during the call for abstracts. The abstract can be submitted to an oral AES session or to the AES poster session.

2019 Recipient

Anna Nielsen, Brigham Young University

3D Printed Integrated Microfluidic Devices for Extraction, Fluorescence Labeling, and Separation of Preterm Birth Biomarkers

Anna is a Chemistry Ph.D. student at Brigham Young University studying microfluidics and 3D printing with Dr. Adam Woolley. She was born in Utah and received a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry from

Brigham Young University-Idaho. Anna is currently preparing to defend her dissertation and is currently starting up a business called Acrea 3D, which will market high resolution 3D printers for rapid prototyping and development of microfluidic devices. In her free time, Anna enjoys hiking, reading, and playing tennis.

How To Apply

Application Deadline: MAY 31

Send the following requirements to matt@aes.org by the April 30 deadline.


  1. This completed Application Form
  2. An abstract (350 word max) of the proposed presentation (oral or poster) for the AES conference.
  3. Two letters of nomination, one by the student’s mentor. An explanation of the inventive and creative contributions by the student to the work should be included.
  4. A copy of the candidate’s résumé.
  5. A copy of the candidate's graduate transcript.
  6. Copies of reprints and/or preprints of research accomplished.
  7. The recipients will be included as a speaker in the AES Lifetime Achievement Award Session

*The complimentary registration requires the awardee to volunteer for 4 hours during the conference.

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