Award for Outstanding Student Abstract – International Society for Disease Surveillance


The ‘Award for Outstanding Student Abstract’ opportunity was developed and is coordinated by the ISDS Research Committee. The purpose of the Award is to recognize the exemplary work being done by students in the field of biosurveillance.

Two students are selected (see decision section below) and awarded:

  • An oral presentation slot to disseminate their innovative work in one of the conference disciplines (see descriptions):
    • Analytics/Methodologies
    • Informatics
    • Policy (at local, state/provincial, national, or international levels)    
    • Public/population health surveillance practice
  • Certificate of achievement
  • Recognition on 2014 ISDS Conference materials, as well as at the Conference
  • Waived Pre-Conference Training (December 9) and Conference (December 10-11) registration
  • 3 nights at the Hyatt Regency at Penn’s Landing

Eligibility Criteria

In order to be considered for an ISDS ‘Award for Outstanding Student Abstract,’ you must be:

  • Enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate, or equivalent program in a surveillance-related field (e.g. epidemiology, informatics, statistics).
  • An ISDS member (Student rate: $30 – if you are not currently a member, you may join here).

Application Process (Deadline September 9, 2014)

During the application process, applicants are asked to:

1. Submit an abstract for the 2014 ISDS Conference in any ‘Discipline.’

2. Complete the online application, which will be reviewed by an ‘Award Committee.’

  • Name, address, school, and program.
  • Proof of student standing – a scanned copy of your unofficial transcript and student ID (transcript will only be used to confirm eligibility and will NOT be a factored into the award decision).
  • Short statement about financial need, how information learned at the 2014 ISDS Conference will benefit you, and how this information will benefit your academic community (no more than 500 words).

The application for the 2014 Award for Outstanding Student Abstract has been closed. Please check back in 2015!


Award decisions are based on:

  • Quality of abstract submitted
  • Innovation of work described in the abstract
  • Applicant’s personal statement

2013 Awardees