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Description and Purpose of Award

The purpose of the 'Award for Outstanding Student or Post-Degree Abstract' is to increase interest and participation in the International Society for Disease Surveillance (ISDS), especially in its Research Committee and Annual Conference, as well as recognize the exemplary work being done by students or recent students in the field of biosurveillance.

Two researchers are selected and awarded:

  • An oral presentation slot to present their innovative work in one of the conference tracks:
    • Methods and Science in Surveillance
    • Informatics
    • Policy
    • One Health and Health Security
    • Public/Population Health Surveillance Practice
  • Waived registration for the ISDS Conference (January 31 - February 2, 2018; excludes the One Health Symposium on January 30, 2018)
  • 3 nights at the Rosen Plaza Hotel (January 31 - February 1, 2018)
  • Certificate of achievement
  • Recognition on 2018 ISDS Conference materials, as well as during the Conference Awards Ceremony
  • Opportunity to join the ISDS Board of Directors as an ex officio member
  • Invitation to review student applications in the following award cycle (unless reapplying that year)

Ten additional student researchers receive:

  • Half-off regular student registration to the 2018 ISDS Conference (excludes the One Health Symposium)

Eligibility Criteria

In order to be considered for the award, you must be both:

  1. A) Enrolled full-time in an undergraduate, graduate, or equivalent program or be in a post-graduate training program within two years of school in a surveillance-related field (e.g. epidemiology, informatics, statistics); OR B) have graduated from a post-graduate training program in 2017 in a surveillance-related field
  2. An ISDS member (Student rate: $30 - if you are not currently a member, you may join here)

Application Process

1. Submit an abstract by the September 29, 2017 October 13, 2017 deadline for the 2018 ISDS Conference in any track.

2. Complete the online applicationwhich will be reviewed by an Award Sub-Committee, by October 27, 2017. We require the following materials:

  • Name, address, school, and program
  • Proof of current or recent student standing – a scanned copy of your unofficial transcript and student ID (transcript will only be used to confirm eligibility and will NOT be a factored into the award decision)
  • Short personal statement, explaining what your plans are for a career in public health surveillance (approx. 500 words) 

Application Review Process

  1. Abstracts are reviewed and scored by the Conference Scientific Program Committee (SPC). Those accepted for presentation at the Annual ISDS Conference are sent to the Research Committee (RC) for further review. *NOTE:The abstract score will be taken from the average score obtained through the SPC's abstract review process.
  2. The RC convenes a group to review the accepted applications.
  3. Each personal statement is sent to a single reviewer and is reviewed for strength, using the attached rubric (pdf).
  4. Abstracts are reviewed and scored again by the assigned RC reviewers.
  5. The scores are totaled and directly compared to determine the final awardees.

Elements of Scholarship Assessment

Weight

Maximum Points

Meet Eligibility Requirements    0% (Yes/No)    0
Abstract Accepted/Average Score of Abstract by SPC    25% 

5

Personal Statement 50% 10
Reviewer Score of Abstract 25% 5

 

Winners will be notified in November 2017.

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DISEASE SURVEILLANCE

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