Public Health Entomology for All

2022 Travel Grant Opportunity

ESA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Vector Borne Disease have partnered to create the Public Health Entomology for All (PHEFA) Initiative.  As part of PHEFA, ESA would like to support faculty and students from Minority Serving Institutions to attend the Annual Meeting. ESA will provide registration, transportation, hotels, and a stipend for meals so faculty and three of their students can attend the Joint Annual Meeting in Vancouver, Canada from November 13 through 16. There will be a reception hosted specifically for PHEFA Travel Grant Recipients.

We will select up to seven co-horts comprised of a faculty member and three students through a weighted lottery. The lottery will be weighted in favor of faculty members who have not attended an ESA Annual Meeting in the past. To apply for a PHEFA Travel Grant, you must be a faculty member at an MSI and provide us with contact information regarding you and the students who will accompany you. The students may be undergraduate or graduate students. (Please note: Students must be able to travel to Canada legally). 

Deadline: April 29, 2022

Winners Notified: May 16, 2022

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Be an Intern or Fellow at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

Are you interested or curious about entomology? Do you want to explore the intersection of entomology and health equity? Do you want to engage in social justice work and science? Would you like to learn about Public Health Entomology as a profession and learn applied entomological strategies to prevent and control vector-borne diseases that are transmitted to people by mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas? As an intern you will help find solutions to diseases such as dengue, West Nile virus, Lyme disease, and malaria.

If this sounds like something you would like to explore, then you should consider applying for an internship or fellowship through Public Health Entomology For All, an exciting new opportunity for current students or recent undergraduate graduates of a Minority Serving Institution.

Applications are currently closed.

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Overview

In partnership with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Entomological Society of America (ESA) created the Public Health Entomology For All (PHEFA) program as we recognize entomology and ESA have a role in creating a more just and equitable community and world. 

Entomology touches almost every aspect of our lives, including the food we eat, air we breathe, water we drink, and medicine we use to heal our bodies. Unfortunately, minority and underserved communities do not always receive the full range of benefits from entomology—particularly as it relates to public health.

PHEFA Internships and Fellowships will encourage students and recent graduates who are interested in social justice and health equity to pursue entomology as a career and work toward a future in which all communities benefit from creative, inclusive, and equitable scientific processes and solutions.

Resources

Webinar: To learn more about these public health entomology internships and fellowships, view a recording of the December 9 webinar. Hosts explore the intersection of entomology and health equity, and discuss the PHEFA internships and fellowships for minority serving institutions students and recent graduates.

Video: Meet Megan Wilkerson, Ph.D. in "Entomology & Equality with Megan Wilkerson, Ph.D.," and learn how Megan started her career. Watch the video.

Fellowships for Recent Graduates

Application period is closed.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will host a total of two PHEFA Fellows in its field office in Fort Collins, Colorado, for one year beginning in summer 2022. Fellows will conduct research alongside experienced entomologists in CDC’s Division of Vector-Borne Diseases who are creating solutions to public health challenges, like dengue, Zika virus, Lyme disease, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Fellows will learn about public health entomology as a profession and learn applied entomological strategies to prevent and control vector-borne diseases.

Timing. PHEFA fellowships will last for one year. Fellows will be able to arrange their start date with the CDC.

Location. CDC’s Division of Vector-Borne Diseases in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Compensation. Fellows will be compensated as follows:

  • $28 per hour. Fellows will be expected to work 40 hours each week for 52 weeks (excluding federal holidays);
  • Membership in ESA for three years;
  • As independent contractors, fellows will not be provided benefits (health insurance, dental insurance, FICA withholding. Fellows will receive a 1099 and be responsible for their own taxes). Applicants may learn more about obtaining private health insurance in Colorado.

Application requirements.

  • Be enrolled in a Minority Serving Institution or have graduated from an MSI that offered a two-year degree and be currently enrolled in a four-year program elsewhere;
  • Undergraduate graduation date between Spring 2019 and Summer 2022; and
  • Be in good academic standing, with a 2.75 or greater GPA.

Applicants will also be asked to provide general information, answer two essay questions, provide a list of completed coursework, and provide two letters of reference.

Application period/deadline. The PHEFA Fellow application period opened on January 31, 2022. Complete applications are due by 11:59 p.m. ET, February 25, 2022. Incomplete applications, applications without reference letters, applications with reference letters received after the due date, and late applications will not be considered.

Questions? Please review the Public Health Entomology for All FAQs. For additional questions, contact Stacie East, ESA director of diversity, equity, and inclusion, at seast@entsoc.org.

Internships for Current Students

Application period is closed.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will host a total of six PHEFA Interns in its field offices in Atlanta, Georgia; Fort Collins, Colorado; and San Juan, Puerto Rico, during the summer of 2022. Interns will work alongside experienced entomologists in CDC’s Division of Vector-Borne Diseases who are creating solutions to public health challenges, like dengue, Zika virus, Lyme disease, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Consider applying for this internship even if you do not live or attend school near any of the locations, as housing will be provided at the host location. PHEFA Internships are paid, and ESA will provide one round-trip ticket to the location of the field office each intern is placed.

Timing. PHEFA internships will last 10 weeks during the summer of 2022. Interns will arrange the timing of their summer work with CDC, with consideration made to when their spring classes end and fall classes begin.

Location. Two PHEFA interns will be placed at a CDC Field Office in each of three locations: Atlanta, Georgia; Fort Collins, Colorado; and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Internship applicants need to submit only one application to be considered for any of the locations. After initial interviews are conducted, applicants who continue in the application process will meet with a CDC representative to learn more about the individual offices and assignments.

Compensation. Interns will be compensated as follows:

  • $18 per hour. PHEFA Interns will be expected to work 40 hours each week for 10 weeks (excluding federal holidays);
  • 1 round-trip ticket to the location of the assigned field office;
  • Housing on a local college campus or a housing stipend;
  • A small stipend for meals; and
  • Membership in ESA for three years.

Application requirements. To be eligible, students must:

  • Be enrolled in a Minority Serving Institution or have graduated from an MSI that offered a two-year degree and be currently enrolled in a four-year program elsewhere;
  • Have completed at least 75 percent of your degree program by summer 2022 (e.g., three years completed in a four-year college program or four years completed in a five-year program); and
  • Be in good academic standing, with a 2.25 or greater GPA.

Applicants will also be asked to provide general information, answer two essay questions, provide a list of completed coursework, and provide two letters of reference. The PHEFA Intern application does not require a transcript.

Application period/deadline. The application period opened December 15 and closed January 17, 2022.

Questions? Please review the Public Health Entomology for All FAQs. For additional questions, contact Stacie East, ESA director of diversity, equity, and inclusion, at seast@entsoc.org.