Applications for EcoHealthNet 2022 are now closed.
EcoHealthNet is an undergraduate and graduate-level global research coordination network, funded by the National Science Foundation, to bring together world-class research scientists from medical, ecology, veterinary, epidemiology, virology, anthropology, climate science, data science, and economics fields that will advance One Health research and education. Advancements will take place through three activities: 1) creation of a peer network of undergraduate and graduate STEM students from various disciplines via one-week workshops that teach applied skills and provide in-person contact time with scientists actively conducting research related to anthropogenic environmental change, economics, and emerging diseases, which will also be delivered live as an interactive webinar to university students globally; 2) developing the next generation of One Health practitioners through mentored research projects that reflect One Health principles; 3) linking participants to professional science and policy associations. EcoHealthNet is designed to inspire broad, collaborative One Health research and create lasting connectivity among scientists from different disciplines as they advance in their careers.
The Virtual Workshop
The EcoHealthNet Workshop is designed to bring together undergraduate and graduate students with research scientists from various scientific disciplines to learn about concepts and tools used in disease ecology research. Participants will receive high-level didactic and practical training from experts on topics related to disease ecology, such as mathematical disease modeling, GIS and spatial analysis, field and laboratory techniques for zoonotic disease research, the economics of emerging diseases, and critical review of published studies. Students will build professional networks with fellow workshop participants and instructors who are leaders in their field. Skills and insights learned during the workshop will be directly applicable to the research exchange projects and complimentary to the research interests of the students. Sessions will feature interactive segments, and students may be asked to give a brief presentation of their current research as part of the workshop. The 2022 workshop will be implemented through short (~2hrs) live and asynchronous virtual sessions, delivered over the course of several weeks. The tentative format will consist of twice-weekly sessions spanning four consecutive weeks. The workshop will be tentatively held in June. Participants are expected to attend all workshop sessions. *Sessions are scheduled with varying time zones in mind.
Nipah 360: A part of the 2019 workshop, in the Nipah 360 panel, Drs. Jonathan Epstein (EcoHealth Alliance), Emily Gurley (Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health), Vincent Munster (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Rocky Mountain Laboratories), Christopher Broder (Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences), and Larry Madoff (ProMed) discuss ways to bring multiple scientific disciplines together to fight new and emerging diseases like Nipah virus
EcoHealthNet Research Exchange scholars work under the guidance of a research mentor developing a study within the scope of high-profile, well-funded U.S. and international-based research projects. Participants are expected to work with their assigned mentors to craft a project and budget that will fit into the scope of the main program and allow the student to learn about research design, data collection, analysis, and publication. Past projects have included Nipah virus ecology in Bangladesh, analysis of ecological data and disease risk from bat-borne viruses in Africa, coronavirus diversity in bats, disease risk modeling in the endangered mountain gorilla, and forecasting global animal diseases. The list of projects available for the 2022 program year can be found here. Applicants will be asked to specify their top three project choices in the application. Accepted students will be matched with the project best suited to their interests and skill level. Preferences are considered but not guaranteed.
At this time, we are offering remote and in-person research exchange opportunities for the 2022 program year; however, due to the uncertainty of international travel in the upcoming year, we cannot guarantee that in-person placement will be possible. Circumstances will be re-evaluated closer to the start of the program before a final decision is made for any one project. Upon project placement, students will correspond with their assigned mentor to develop a reasonable timeline, detailed scope of work and budget for the course of the project, along with the specification of any deliverables that must be met. Project duration must be a minimum of 6 weeks, or a maximum of 12 weeks. Students may begin their projects as early as April of 2022, and all projects must be concluded by August 31st of 2022.