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Past Awardees for the Outstanding Student or Post-Degree Abstract Award
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Description and Purpose of the Award

The 'Award for Outstanding Student Abstract' opportunity is coordinated by the ISDS Research Committee Award Sub-Committee. The purpose of the Award is to recognize the exemplary work being done by students in the field of biosurveillance.

Past Recipients Organized by Year

2018 Awardees:

Gayatri Raol, CSTE Applied Public Health Informatics Fellow for the abstract 'Heroin Overdose Hospitalization Risk due to Prescription Opioids using PDMP in WI.'

Gayatri Raol graduated from the Benedictine University with Masters of Public Health in 2015. Recently, she completed a year long  CSTE Applied Public Health Informatics Fellow with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services in Office of Health Informatics. Her work at state department focused on Data extraction, data analysis and data quality activities for the CDC’s Enhanced Surveillance on Opioid-Related Morbidity and Mortality grant.She also coordinated the Public Health Surveillance Framework project that will provide surveillance data and health indicators to monitor population health in Wisconsin. Prior to joining to office of Health Informatics, she served as an AmeriCorps member at the Illinois Department of Public Health  and have worked on various public health information systems and programs.

Katherine Harmon, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for the abstract 'Informing Public Health Prevention in NC Using Falls Surveillance Data.'

Katherine (Katie) Harmon holds a Masters of Public Health with a dual concentration of Environmental and Occupational Health and Epidemiology from Saint Louis University. Currently, Ms. Harmon is pursuing a PhD in Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  The focus of her dissertation is the use of emergency department data to identify and describe sports and recreation-related injuries among school-age children.  

2016 Awardees:

Elizabeth Lee, Georgetown University for the abstract 'Mechanisms and measurement error drive spatial variation in influenza-like illness.'

Elizabeth Lee is a PhD candidate in Global Infectious Disease at Georgetown University with research interests in infectious disease dynamics and public health decision making. Her dissertation work with Dr. Shweta Bansal investigates the reporting artifacts and biases in novel sources of infectious disease surveillance data and their subsequent effects on statistical inference and epidemiological understanding.

Rahel Struchen, Veterinary Public Health Institute for the abstract 'Value of evidence from syndromic surveillance with delayed reporting.'

Rahel Struchen obtained her PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Basel, Switzerland, in 2015. Her PhD thesis research at the Veterinary Public Health Institute focused on syndromic surveillance for animal health, in collaboration with the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute. She has since been working for the Swiss Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office in the early detection and surveillance department.

2015 Awardees:

Folasade Osundina, Nigeria Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Programme for the abstract 'Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak in Lagos, Nigeria; 2014: an Epidemiological Investigation.'

Folasade Osundina is a postgraduate student of Public Health, currently undergoing residency training through the Nigeria Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Progreamme (NFELTP). During the Ebola virus disease outbreak in Lagos State, Nigeria in 2014, she was a member of the epidemiology unit of the response team, specificially the contact tracing group. She has been involved in researches on infectious diseases, maternal and child health and non-communicable diseases.

Melody Maxwell, The Ohio State University for the abstract 'Building the Road to a Regional Zoonoses Strategy: a Survey of Zoonoses Programs in the Americas.'

Melody Maxwell graduated from The Ohio State University with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2014 and a Masters of Public Health in 2016. After graduating in 2014, she completed a year-long Boren Fellowship with the Pan-American Health Organzation (PAHO), in the Zoonotic Disease Unit at PANAFTOSA in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Her work at PANAFTOSA focused on designing and analyzing a survey of national zoonotic disease priorities in Latin American and Caribbean countries, along with a number of other projects.

2014 Awardees:

Joseph Klembczk, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine for the abstract 'Google Flu Trends: Spatial correlation with influenza emergency department visits.'

Joseph Klembczyk studied engineering as an undergraduate at University of Virginia. He is currently an MD/MPH student at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and will graduate in May 2016.

Felicia Trembath, Purdue University for the abstract 'An Analysis of the Challenges and Possible Solutions for Dog Bite Injury Surveillance.'

Felicia is currently a fellow with the Health Systems Integration Fellowship Program through CDC/CSTE and is a Ph.D. candidate in the Comparative Pathobiology Department at Purdue University. As a HSIP Fellow, Felicia is stationed in Maricopa County Arizona and is working on several projects focused on integrating health information across different health systems. At Purdue, Felicia worked with Dr. Alan Beck on the development of the public portal for the Human Animal Bond Research Institute and conducted research on the impact of guidelines issued by professional organizations on vaginal birth after a cesarean delivery. 

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