AAWR Research and Education Foundation

The goal of the AAWR Research & Education Foundation is to provide Professional Leadership Awards and Research Grants to AAWR members. The Foundation sponsors one junior and one mid-career AAWR member to attend the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Professional Development Seminars. The AAWR Research Grant Program is designed to support research projects conducted by AAWR members. The AAWR Research & Education Foundation thrives on donations from our members and support from our corporate partners.


Member-in-Training Awards for Outstanding RSNA Presentations in Diagnostic Radiology

Deadline April 16, 2018
The AAWR Research and Education Foundation will give two certificates of recognition for professional development to fellows/residents who are both first authors and presenters of abstracts accepted for scientific presentation at the RSNA annual meeting, one for diagnostic radiology and the other for radiation oncology. Applicants must be a member of the AAWR on January 1 of the year of application. The online application will ask all applying residents and fellows to provide: the title of the paper or abstract and unique ID number, and the applicants involvement within the AAWR (e.g. committee member, prior award recipient, lunch attendee, etc).   Additionally, please upload the following documents on the submission form in support of your application: 


**To complete the application: when/if the applicant receives an invitation to present at RSNA 2018, she must email a copy of the invitation to info@aawr.org.

Past Winners

ARRS Member-In-Training


RSNA Member-In-Training

2015 Winner

2015 Member-in-Training Award for Outstanding RSNA Presentation in Diagnostic Radiology

Dr. Linda Chen
University of Washington Medical Center




2014 Winners


2014 Member-in-Training Award for Outstanding RSNA Presentation in Diagnostic Radiology

Noushin Yahyavi Firouz Abadi, MD
Resting State fMRI as a Predictor of Vision Loss in Patients with Neurofibromatosis Type 1 (NF1)-associated Optic Pathway Gliomas

Dr. Yahyavi was born and raised in a family of physicians in Tehran, Iran. She entered the medical school after ranking 1st in the Iranian national universities medical examination among almost half a million participants. After obtaining her M.D. degree from Tehran University of Medical Sciences, she moved to the United States as a post-doctoral fellow. Subsequently, she did her internship in Internal Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and Diagnostic Radiology Residency at the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, Washington University in St Louis. She is currently a diagnostic Neuroradiology fellow at the Russell H. Morgan Department of Diagnostic Radiology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She has been author or co-author of more than 20 peer-reviewed journal articles and has presented in many international and national conferences. Her honors and awards include RSNA trainee research prize, RSNA Certificate of Merit award, and multiple  travel awards from European, American, and international societies.

Her research interests/expertise includes functional imaging (resting state and task based fMRI), head and neck imaging, spine imaging and intervention, and healthcare policies and management.


2014 Member-in-Training Award for Outstanding RSNA Presentation in Radiology Oncology

Jennifer Shah, MD
The Role of PET/CT in the Nodal Management of Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Oral Cavity

A native of Massachusetts, Dr. Shah completed her undergraduate studies in nuclear engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. During this time, she was involved in multiple research projects pertaining to tumor biology, which led to her interest in medicine and oncology. She went on to earn her medical degree at the University of Michigan Medical School, where she was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society and received other awards for academic distinction. She excelled during her internship as well, receiving the Intern of the Year Award at the St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  She is currently a resident physician in the Department of Radiation Oncology at Stanford. She enjoys caring for cancer patients immensely. During her residency training, she has developed particular interest in clinical research pertaining to head and neck cancer, lung cancer, glioblastoma multiforme, and esophageal cancer. Her research focuses on the role of radiation therapy and neck dissection in oral cavity cancer. She is also initiating a prospective clinical trial investigating toxicity management for radiation dermatitis. In addition to her research endeavors, Dr. Shah has a strong interest in medical education and has played an active role in mentoring medical students and contributing to the educational resources in her residency program. Upon completion of her residency training, Dr. Shah looks forward to pursuing an academic career in radiation oncology.