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2018 Texas HIV-STD Conference - Student Research Award

November 27-29, 2018
Austin, Texas


Texas HIV/STD Student Research Award Guidelines

The Texas Public Health Association (TPHA) and Department of State Health Services (DSHS) will present the Texas HIV/STD Student Research Award to undergraduate and graduate students who make exemplary contributions to advance the understanding of HIV/STD epidemiology, disease transmission factors, risk populations and prevention and care efforts. The intent of the award is to promote student-led development, synthesis, and dissemination of scientific and scholarly knowledge unique to HIV/STD and related conditions (i.e. tuberculosis, hepatitis, etc.).

The Texas HIV/STD Student Research Award Selection Committee, appointed by the Texas Public Health Association, will review award applications and select the winners.

 

Award Prizes

  • The first place winner will receive an engraved plaque (one for each author) and up to $2,500 in reimbursement for registration fee and travel expenses for the student author to attend an HIV/STD-related scientific meeting of their choice.
  • The winner must request pre-approval from Texas HIV/STD Student Research Award Selection Committee prior to attending an HIV/STD-related scientific meeting.
  • All reimbursable meeting and travel expenses must be incurred by November 29, 2019 (one year after the 2018 Texas HIV/STD Conference).
  • The student author of the first place abstract is not eligible to submit an abstract for consideration in this award category at the next biennial conference, tentatively scheduled for 2020.
  • Second and third place winners will receive certificates of recognition.
  • Award finalists will receive waived registration and travel expenses to attend the 2018 Texas HIV/STD Conference on November 27-29, 2018.

 

Eligibility

  • The award is available only to students who submit research abstracts as first author for oral presentations for the 2018 Texas HIV/STD Conference.
  • The award is available only to currently enrolled students or persons who graduated no earlier than June 2017.
  • Research leading to the preparation of the abstract must have been conducted and/or concluded no earlier than June 1, 2015.
  • The award is available to student(s) conducting research with public health implications for HIV/STD programs, policy, and/or research.
  • The student author of the first place abstract for the previous Texas HIV/STD Conference is not eligible to submit an abstract for consideration in this award category.
  • Members of the Texas HIV/STD Student Research Award Selection Committee are ineligible to receive an award.
  • DSHS employees are ineligible to receive this award.

 

Criteria

  • The contribution must be in empirical research or theory.
  • Research may include evaluation, clinical, or socio-behavioral programs.
  • Research should have explicit HIV/STD-related program or policy relevance.
  • Research must be student-led; authorship on the submitted abstract must reflect this.
  • The award committee will place priority on research that utilizes the power of collaboration among various health disciplines (e.g., health education, law, medicine, nursing, nutrition, psychology, public health, and social work).
  • The award committee will place priority on research that demonstrates creativity and an interdisciplinary approach. A “science and service” approach is especially important, in which problem areas or gaps are identified through empirical research and addressed through best practices and lessons learned.

 

Review Process

The review process has three steps:

  1. An initial, blind review of abstracts by the Texas HIV/STD Student Research Award Selection Committee to select abstracts for further review;
  2. An unblind review of abstracts and curriculum vitae of up to five semi-finalists by the Texas HIV/STD Student Research Award Selection Committee; and
  3. A review of finalists’ oral presentations during the conference by the Texas HIV/STD Student Research Award Selection Committee.


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