April 5, 2021

Steve Meshnick Travel Award

Submission deadline: Friday, February 16th, 2024

picture of Steve Meshnick

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.

This Travel Award will support one student per year to present their research or learn new methods that advance their research. 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. Funds will support a student to attend the International Society of Evolution, Medicine & Public Health (ISEMPH) annual conference in Durham, UK to present their research (abstracts are due March 1). Award amounts are available up to $2000.

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

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 ISEMPH. Limit 500 words.
  2. A description of how you will benefit from attending ISEMPH 2024 by receiving this award, including your professional development, networking, and how it will advance your research. 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 $2000, but budgets should list all anticipated expenses, even if they exceed $2000. 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 Friday, February 16th, 2024. Faculty letters of recommendation should be emailed to Johnny Uelmen (johnny.uelmen@duke.edu) in PDF format by the applicant’s advisor/ PI.


Applications for the Steve Meshnick Travel Award will be accepted through February 16th, 2024. We expect to announce the recipients by February 23rd to allow time to submit an abstract by the March 1 deadline.


Previous recipients:

  • 2023: Rachel Keener, PhD Student in the School of Medicine, Duke University
  • 2022: Katherine McVay, PhD Student in Evolutionary Anthropology, Duke University