Awards

Alexander D. Langmuir Prize Manuscript Award

Melissa Arons

This award recognizes a current EIS officer or recent alumnus for excellence in a written report or an epidemiologic investigation or study.

2021 recipient: 2021 recipient: Melissa Arons (EIS 2018) — Presymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 Infections and Transmission in a Skilled Nursing Facility

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Anne Schuchat Distinguished Friend of EIS Award

Doctor Anne Schuchat

This award recognizes an individual who has championed and advocated for EIS and its officers, valuing its diversity, and embodying the principles of the EIS program’s creator, Alexander D. Langmuir.

2021 recipient: Anne Schuchat, MD (RADM, USPHS, RET), CDC Deputy Director, (EIS Class of 1988)

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David J. Sencer Scholarship Award

The David J. Sencer Scholarship Award fund was established by the EIS Alumni Association to provide travel scholarships to potential Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) applicants to attend the EIS Conference each year.

2021 recipient: no award given this year.

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Director’s Award for Excellence in Epidemiology and Public Health Response

Presented during International Night, hosted by the Field Epidemiology Training Program, this award recognizes significant contributions to public health emergency response and excellence in epidemiologic practice or research.

2021 recipient: no award given this year.

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Donald C. Mackel Memorial Award

This award recognizes a current EIS officer for the oral presentation that best exemplifies the effective application of a combined epidemiology and laboratory approach to an investigation or study.

2021 recipient: no award given this year.

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Heidi Soeters

Iain C. Hardy Memorial Award

This award recognizes a current EIS officer or alumnus who has made an outstanding contribution to the control of vaccine-preventable diseases.

2021 recipient: Heidi Soeters, MPH, PhD (EIS 2014)

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J. Virgil Peavy Memorial Award

This award recognizes a current EIS officer for the oral presentation that best exemplifies the effective and innovative application of statistics and epidemiologic methods in an investigation or study.

2021 recipient: no award given this year.

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Jessie Bonwitt

James H. Steele Veterinary Public Health Award

This award recognizes a current EIS officer or alumnus who has made outstanding contributions in the field of veterinary public health or One Health disciplines—multiple disciplines collaborating to attain optimal health for people, animals, and the environment.

2021 recipient: Jesse Bonwitt, BVSc, MSc (EIS 2016)

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Jeffrey P. Koplan Award Excellence in Scientific Presentation

Presented during International Night, hosted by the Field Epidemiology Training Program, this award recognizes a current EIS officer with the scientific poster presentation that most effectively emphasizes the results of an investigation and its impact on public health.

2021 recipient: no award given this year.

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Mitch Singal Excellence in Occupational and Environmental Health Award

This award recognizes a current EIS officer who gave an oral presentation that best exemplifies the effective application of public health epidemiology to an investigation in the area of occupational or environmental health.

2021 recipient: no award given this year.

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Outstanding Poster Presentation Award

This award is presented to a current EIS officer for the poster that best exemplifies scientific content, including originality, study design and analysis; public health impact; and presentation effectiveness.

2021 recipient: no award given this year.

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Rachel Zacks

Paul C. Schnitker International Health Award

This award recognizes a current EIS officer or alumnus who has made a significant contribution to international public health.

2021 recipient: Rachael Zacks, MD (EIS 2019)

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Jen Liang

Philip S. Brachman Award

This award recognizes excellence in teaching epidemiology to EIS officers.

2021 recipients: Jennifer Liang, DVM, MPVM (EIS 2005)

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Photo Contest

2021 recipients:

Patrick Dawson walking down building stairs of storage tank

Category: Public Health in Action

  • 1st Place: Patrick Dawson (EIS 2019) for ‘Investigating an exposure to B. tropicus causing anthrax-like illness in a welder at an oil refinery in Convent, Louisiana (June 2020)’
  • 2nd Place: Perrine Marcenac (EIS 2019) for ‘Evaluating approaches to delivering safe drinking water in healthcare facilities in cholera hotspots — Tanzania, March 2020’
  • 3rd Place (Tie!): Karen Wu (EIS 2020) for ‘Collecting saliva for SARS-CoV-2’
  • 3rd Place (Tie!): Phillip Salvatore (EIS 2019) for ‘Public Health: Curbside Pickup’
Patrick Dawson picture mornings on the Yap Main Islands

Category: You Went Where?

  • 1st Place: Patrick Dawson (EIS 2019) for ‘Mornings on the Yap Main Islands, Micronesia while investigating a reported concurrent outbreak of dengue and leptospirosis (September 2019)’
Daniel Owusu taking pictures with monkeys

Category: Make Me Laugh!

  • 1st Place: Daniel Owusu (EIS 2019) for ‘Say cheeers!!!’
  • 2nd Place: Patrick Dawson (EIS 2019) for ‘Antibody-buddies: trapped in St. Louis (February 2021)’
  • 3rd Place: Karen Wu (EIS 2020) for ‘Treat your mask like underwear!’
Marisa Donnelly collecting sample around toilet

Category: Public Health Memes

  • 1st Place: Marisa Donnelly (EIS 2020) for ‘EIS: What I expected vs what I got’
  • 2nd Place: Phillip Salvatore (EIS 2019) for ‘Self-care for Resiliency and Mental Health’
  • 3rd Place: Patrick Dawson (EIS 2019) for ‘These days, they’ll let anyone be an armchair epidemeowologist’

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Miriam Van Dyke

Shalon M. Irving Health Equity Award

This award recognizes a current or former EIS officer’s outstanding contributions to health inequality and racial disparities research.

2021 recipient: Miriam Van Dyke, PhD, MPH (EIS 2020)

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John Kobayashi

Stephen B. Thacker Excellence in Mentoring Award

This award recognizes an individual who inspires the EIS community and exhibits unwavering commitment to the EIS program, officers, and alumni through demonstrated excellence in applied epidemiology training, mentoring, and building public health capacity.

2021 recipient: John Kobayashi, MD, MPH (EIS 1979)

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William H. Foege Award

Presented as the highest honor during International Night, hosted by the Field Epidemiology Training Program, this award is presented to the best oral presentation.

2021 recipient: no award given this year.

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