Applications for EcoHealthNet 2021 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.
Some changes have been implemented to the program for 2021 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, to ensure the safety of all participants. The workshop will be transitioned to an online platform, and the research exchange projects will be completed remotely. To promote a collaborative environment amidst the virtual transition and maximize opportunity to create a strong participant network, students who are accepted will be required to participate both the workshop and the research exchange program. Applicants should be available to participate in all of the remote workshop sessions (see below) as well as the mentored research exchange. By filling out an application, you will be applying for both experiences. Details for the 2021 workshop and research exchange are outlined below.
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 workshop will be implemented through 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 tentatively be held between April and June, 2021. Sessions will be 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 interns 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 that will fit into the scope of the main program and allow the student to learn about research design, data manipulation, analysis, and publication. Past internship projects have included Nipah virus ecology in Bangladesh, Avian influenza dynamics in China, disease surveillance in wildlife imported to New York, wildlife disease surveillance in Brazil and Malaysia, coronavirus diversity in bats, and White Nose Syndrome ecology in the United States.
For the 2021 program year, research exchange projects will take place remotely. Projects will be completed in 6-12 weeks, contingent upon the timeline developed by the student and mentor, and may begin as early as March of 2021. All projects must be concluded by August 31, 2021. A list of available projects can be viewed here.