Medical Student Travel Award

The Medical Student Travel Award is intended to encourage and support medical students showing a strong interest in the specialty of pathology as a career choice. This award provides funding, to cover travel expenses up to $1,200, to attend the CAP Annual Meeting (Oct. 19–22, 2024, Las Vegas), where awardees will gain valuable insight and critical knowledge from experts regarding the field of pathology and its career pathways.

To enhance the awardee’s experience at the Fall Residents Forum and CAP Annual Meeting, a Residents Forum Delegate will be assigned to help the awardee:

  • Learn more about the specialty of pathology and residency training programs
  • Broaden their understanding of the pathologist’s role on the health care team
  • Obtain networking opportunities with residents and practicing pathologists to learn more about pursuing and preparing for a career in pathology.


Medical students actively enrolled in a US-based accredited medical school and possessing a strong interest in the field of pathology are invited to apply. All applicants will be considered regardless of age, race, gender, national origin, or religion.

Applicants should have authorization from their institution to attend the meeting.

Funded Up ToFocusEligibilityTimeframe
$1,200Travel to attend the CAP Annual Meeting, where awardees will gain valuable insight and critical knowledge from experts regarding the field of pathology and career pathwaysMedical studentsApply by March 7

To Apply

Submit the following materials, along with your application, by March 7, 2024:

      1. Responses to the following:
        1. Your interest in pathology as a career
        2. Your goals for attending the meeting
        3. Your plan to share and apply the knowledge gained at your school/institution
        4. Why this award is essential to you, the applicant
        5. Why you require foundation financial support
      2. Title and copy of your abstract/poster to be submitted for the CAP Annual Meeting
        1. Submission of an abstract is mandatory; link to submit your abstract for CAP24 will be posted in January.
        2. The abstract should be original work (ie, not previously presented at another meeting or forum, per CAP guidelines/rules).
        3. The medical student should be the first or last author.
        4. One abstract per medical student (multiple students should not share/submit the same work).
      3. Two letters of recommendation:
        • One from a CAP member**
        • One from a member of your medical school’s faculty
      4. Curriculum vitae
      5. Professional headshot for use in Foundation web and print media (Requirements: 1+ megabyte, color, professional dress, neutral background; no selfies please)

*Abstract needs to be submitted but not necessarily accepted.
**CAP member recommendation letter can come from a practicing pathologist or a CAP Junior Member (includes trainees still in a pathology fellowship).

Applicants will not be considered unless they include the above items and cover the essay points listed.

If Selected

Awardees and/or their institutions should expect to cover any travel costs that exceed the amount awarded. The award must be fulfilled within the year it was granted and prior to converting to CAP Junior Member status.