Eligibility & Submissions Procedures

Student Paper Competition

Students are invited to submit peer-reviewed, accepted papers expressing original ideas and reasonably complete research or development efforts in the areas of health informatics or telemedicine, broadly defined as the application of computer, communication, or information technology to healthcare.


  1. University of Utah research trainees: MD, PhD, Masters (thesis), and PharmD students are eligible.
  2. The student’s academic advisor needs to certify that the work described in the paper is substantially the work of the student while in training at the U.
  3. Papers previously submitted to this or other competitions are ineligible.
    1. Papers must have been submitted and accepted to a peer-reviewed journal or conference.
    2. Papers must have been accepted on or after January 1, 2019.

Topic Areas: Biomedical or Nursing Informatics; Telemedicine; any paper in computer, communications, or information technology broadly applied to healthcare.


  1. The manuscripts are evaluated blind; i.e., without the author’s name and affiliation. The papers will be evaluated with the following criteria:
    1. Originality and innovation
    2. Clarity of presentation
    3. Contribution to biomedical informatics
    4. Well-presented research question
    5. Quality of methods and results
    6. Analysis of prior relevant work
    7. The decision of the judges will be final

To apply, please submit by March 2, 2020.

Award: The winner will receive a prize of $2,000.

Submission Procedures and Dates

Submit two pdfs, one for the paper and one for the biographical information described below. Email that to Cathy Bradley @ cathy.bradley@hsc.utah.edu

1) Paper format: 

All manuscripts should be in English, typed, double-spaced, single-sided, with 1” margins (right, left, top and bottom).  The typeface should be Times (or similar equivalent like Arial) with a point size of 12. The pages of the manuscript should be numbered consecutively.  At the top of the first page, center the title using a bold typeface with a point size of 14.  Do not include the author’s name or affiliation, since the manuscripts will be reviewed blindly.  The title line should be followed by an abstract of not more than 350 words and a list of five or fewer key words or short key phrases.  The remainder of the manuscript should include elements common to good scientific publications:  Introduction, Methods and Procedures, Results, Discussion and Conclusion, and References.

2) Biographical information format:

Cover Page - a separate Cover Page should include:

  • Title of paper, with author and author’s affiliation
  • Name, full mailing address, telephone number, and email address of the author
  • Name and location of the academic department, school or college
  • Name, full mailing address, telephone number, and email address of the academic advisor who supervised the submitted work
  • Signatures of both the student and the student’s academic advisor certifying that the work described in the paper is substantially the student’s work.
  • Date of Signatures

Biographical Sketch:

A biographical sketch of the student is required.  This sketch should be no more than one page in length, indicating previous training, schools attended, degrees attained, work experience and professional aspirations.

Submission and Notification Dates:

Submission Deadline:   March 2, 2020
Notification Date:         April 30, 2020

If you have questions, and to direct manuscripts and all correspondence, contact:

Cathy Bradley
Department of Biomedical Informatics
421 Wakara Way, Suite 140
Salt Lake City, UT 84108
Telephone: 801.213.3590
Email: Cathy.bradley@hsc.utah.edu

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