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Steve Meshnick Travel Award

Now Accepting Applications for the Steve Meshnick Travel Award

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 offer the Steve Meshnick Travel Award.

Professor Meshnick’s scientific community was the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH), and therefore this Travel Award will support a student to attend and present their research at the 2024 ASTMH annual meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana (November 13-17, 2024). Graduate students at any TriCEM-affiliated university with work in evolutionary medicine, including in global health or epidemiology, are eligible to apply for the Steve Meshnick Travel Award. Award amounts are available up to $1,500.

Eligibility: To be eligible for this award, the applicant must be a current graduate student at Duke, NC A&T, NCCU, NC State, or UNC-Chapel Hill with research relevant to evolutionary medicine, and travel to the conference must take place before completion of the student’s degree. Applicants must be planning to present original research at ASTMH.

To apply: Submit the following components in a single pdf to the application here:

  1. A research statement that describes your research and how it aligns with evolutionary medicine, focusing on the research that you propose to present at ASTMH. Limit 500 words.
  2. A description of how you will benefit from attending ASTMH 2024 by receiving this award, including how this aligns with your career goals. Limit 500 words.
  3. 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 up to $1,500, but budgets should list all anticipated expenses, even if they exceed $1,500. If other funding sources will be supporting your participation in the conference/workshop, please ensure that they are also reflected in the budget.
  4. A letter of recommendation from the applicant’s faculty advisor/ PI, which also includes any information related to additional funds that are available to support the travel. The letter of recommendation will be submitted separately by the faculty advisor, but must also be received by the proposal deadline of Monday, September 9th, 2024. Faculty letters of recommendation should be emailed to Charles Nunn ( in PDF format by the applicant’s advisor/ PI.

Applications for the Steve Meshnick Travel Award will be accepted through September 9th, 2024. Please visit for submission guidelines. We expect to announce the recipients by September 23rd to allow time to register for the reduced “early-bird” rate by the September 30th, 2024 deadline.

Previous recipients:

  • 2024: Tyler Barrett, PhD Candidate in Evolutionary Anthropology & Lev Kolinksi, PhD Student in Evolutionary Anthropology, Duke University
  • 2023: Rachel Keener, PhD Student in the School of Medicine, Duke University
  • 2022: Katherine McVay, PhD Student in Evolutionary Anthropology, Duke University