Q: Do I need to be an AcademyHealth member to participate?

A: No – students do not to be AcademyHealth members or affiliated with AcademyHealth student chapters to apply. We encourage all eligible students to participate.

Q: Do I need to be a full-time student to participate?

A: No – students do not have be full-time to apply. Part-time students are also eligible to participate. 

Q: What is the deadline for submissions, and is there flexibility for late submissions?

A: We are no longer accepting applications for the 2019 HSRProj Research Competition for Students.

Q: How do I submit my project?

A: All teams must fill out the application form and upload their written abstract with up-to three data visualizations as one Word document on the application webform.

Q: Do I need to work with an academic advisor?

A: Yes, all teams are required to work with an academic advisor.

Q: Do I need to work with a librarian?

A: No, teams are not required to work with a librarian, but it is highly encouraged.

Q: What is the prize for the winner?

A: The winner or winning team will be invited to present their research as a featured poster at the 2019 AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting in Washington D.C., on June 2-4, 2019.  Please note that the winner(s) will need to cover their own lodging, transportation, and registration. In addition, the winner(s) will be invited to work with AcademyHealth staff to write a blog post to be featured on AcademyHealth’s website describing their project and experience.

Q:There are several file types for the full data download. Of the various .xml files and the .excel file, which one should I use?

A: Students should use either the .xml file from December 2018, or the .excel file from December 2018. These are the most up-to-date versions of each file type.

*For general troubleshooting questions on the full data download, please contact HSRProj staff at the address below.

Q: What is the difference between ‘KEYWORDLIST’ and ‘MESHWORDLIST’?

A: Keywords are terms that the researcher or supporting agency uses to describe their work upon submission to HSRProj. MeSH terms are specifically assigned Medical Sub Headings that the National Library of Medicine uses to index research. These categories differ in the sense that Keywords are subject to the interpretation of the project submitter while MeSH terms are used in a unique taxonomy developed by NLM. Both may be useful to students who seek to filter down projects by topic area.

Q: “Many projects are labeled ‘NULL’ under MeSH terms and Keywords, what does this mean and how do I use these projects in my project?”

A: ‘NULL’ indicates that the original field was left blank by the project submitter. It is not indicative of an error in the download process. To navigate these fields and their related projects, students may filter by project abstract, project title, or any other field wherein there is relevant information.

Q: How many visualizations should I have?

A: Students must submit at least one and no more than three visuals included within the abstract document. Visualizations will scored on their creativity, clarity, and impact.

If you have a question that does not appear in this list, please contact hsrproj@academyhealth.org.