Professor Steve Meshnick (UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health) was internationally recognized for his global work in understanding, preventing, and treating infectious diseases, particularly malaria and HIV/AIDS. Professor Meshnick was also instrumental to the creation of TriCEM and served in many roles within the organization, bringing incredible insight, energy, and inspiration to our community of scientists. To honor his contributions to TriCEM and specifically his dedication to graduate student training, we are proud to announce the Steve Meshnick Travel Award.
This new Travel Award will support one student per year to present their research or learn new methods that advance their research. TriCEM Graduate Student Awardees with work in areas related to infectious disease, global health, or evolutionary perspectives in epidemiology are eligible to apply for the Steve Meshnick Travel Award. Funds may be used to attend a conference to present TriCEM-funded research, or to attend a workshop or other training opportunity that will advance TriCEM-funded research. Award amounts are available up to $1500.
To be eligible for this award, the applicant must be a current or previous TriCEM Graduate Student Award recipient, or a Spring 2021 cycle applicant*, with research relevant to infectious disease, global health, or epidemiology. The applicant must be a current graduate student at a TriCEM-affiliated institution (Duke, NC A&T, NCCU, NC State, and UNC-Chapel Hill). All awarded funds must be used prior to completion of the student’s degree.
*Please note that although Spring 2021 Graduate Student Award applicants are welcome to apply, only successful Graduate Student Award recipients will be considered for the travel award. Review for the two awards will happen concurrently, with decisions for both anticipated in early June.
The application consists of three parts:
- An abstract describing your TriCEM-funded research (or, if currently applying for TriCEM funding, your proposed research). Limit 250 words.
- A description of how your research aligns with the fields of infectious disease, global health, or epidemiology; which conference or training workshop you plan to attend using these funds; and how you will benefit from receiving this award, in terms of both how it will enhance your professional development and how it will advance your TriCEM research. Limit 500 words.
- A budget justifying requested funds. Allowable expenses include conference/workshop registration fees, ground or air travel, lodging, per diem food expenses, or other costs directly related to conference/workshop attendance. TriCEM will award at most $1500, but budgets should list all anticipated expenses, even if they exceed $1500. If other funding sources will be supporting your participation in the conference/workshop, please ensure that they are also reflected in the budget.
Applications for the Steve Meshnick Travel Award will be accepted through Monday, May 17th via this form: https://redcap.duke.edu/redcap/surveys/?s=HM9XHLYLR4. For submission, applications addressing the three criteria above should be uploaded in a single PDF file that follows the naming format “LastName_FirstName.pdf.”