Anatomical Services Award

The Anatomical Services Award will be awarded to the best platform or poster presentation given at an AACA annual meeting for scientific studies or case reports in the areas of donor preparation and management to include storage, tracking and special preparations, etc.; administration of donor programs; and other areas related to type and quality of donor preparation and management.   The award will be $600 to be used to defray travel costs to the AACA annual or regional meeting immediately following, an award certificate and a waiver of association membership fees in the subsequent year.

To be eligible for the award, the presentation must be made by the principal author of the abstract who must be a technical or administrative staff member in an academic whole body donation program or at an academic institution where donors are used for anatomical and clinical education.  Students are not eligible for this award.

Award eligible submissions, will be judged by technical peers within the association.

2020 Anatomical Services Award Recipient: Amanda Collins


Title of winning presentation:

“Veteran Body Donation Trends at UMASS Medical School.”

Your current position:

Director, Anatomical Services

Your Undergraduate and previous graduate training (if any):

BS- Family Social Science and Mortuary Science – Master of Public Health (MPH) – 2nd year PhD student Gerontology

Your home state:


Hobbies and or Special Interests:

I love gardening, painting, and going on adventures with my family. Professional interests include integrating the donor perspective into the anatomy lab, honoring anatomical donors through unique and meaningful memorialization activities, and supporting our donor families.

What would you like to see yourself doing 10 years from now?

In 10 years, I hope that I will be continuing to support the education and training of health professionals. I hope to be leading an inclusive and supportive AGP for all members of our community. I hope to still be involved in the AACA being both a resource as well as learning from other AGPs and educators


Previous Winner's List

2019 Anatomical Services Award Recipient:
Title: "Collaboration with Non-Profit to Increase Anatomical Donation within Korean-American Community.”


2018 Anatomical Services Award Winner
Title: "Tissue Solidification in Heart, Lung, and Brain in Soft-Embalmed Cadavers."