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  • Medical Scholars Program

    An important part of IDSA’s mission is to promote the subspecialty of infectious diseases by attracting the best and brightest medical students to the field. To further this goal, the IDSA Education and Research Foundation offers scholarships to medical students in U.S. and Canadian medical schools with mentorship by an IDSA member or fellow. It is the responsibility of IDSA members and fellows to identify and solicit interested students.

    Award Amount

    Each scholarship recipient will receive $2,000: $1,500 to be disbursed in April/May, with the remaining $500 awarded at the conclusion of the project and submission of a final report to IDSA.  Recipients are also given complimentary IDSA membership. 

    How to Apply

    Complete applications must include the following:  

      • Projects should be classified as belonging to one of the following categories:
        • Clinical Infectious Diseases Preceptorship
        • Clinical Research
        • Epidemiology
        • International Health
        • Laboratory Research
        • Medical Education
        • Prevention
      • Cover letter from applicant indicating reasons for applying for the scholarship and an explanation of work/study being planned (to include location and duration of the activity). Cover letters should not exceed two pages in length.  
      • Letter from IDSA member/fellow serving as mentor/preceptor. Letters should not exceed two pages in length.  

    Applicants should carefully review the eligibility requirements before applying to the Medical Scholars Program.

    The application system has closed for 2016. The application system for 2017 will open in early December. Please direct all questions to

    Applications will be judged and selected based on the positive exposure to the field of infectious diseases provided by the planned scholarship activity.

    Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

    Applicants will be notified of the award decisions by mid-April.


    IDSA is pleased to announce the 2016 Medical Scholars. The Medical Scholars Program was established in 2002 and has awarded over 500 medical students interested in the sub-specialty of infectious diseases the opportunity to pursue independent clinical or research activities outside their institutional program and explore the field of infectious diseases. It helps attract the best and brightest to the field by giving medical students a first-hand look at the challenges and opportunities of working in infectious disease.


    Alastair Murray, George Washington University, Washington, DC. "The Effect of Preterm Birth on Transplacental Antibody Transfer of Measles IgG, Rubella IgG and Clostridium tetani Toxin IgG in Rural Nepal." Mentor: Janet Englund, MD.


    Alexandra Forrest, Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA. "Incorporating Screening for Pre-exposure Prophylaxis into Rapid HIV Testing in a High Risk Neighborhood in Philadelphia." Mentor: Zsofia Szep, MD, MSCE.


    Alexandra Linn, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA. "Potential Sexual Transmission of Zika virus in the City of Teresina, Brazil." Mentor: Fernanda Silveira, MD, MS.


    Alyssa Brandt, Penn State Hershey College of Medicine, Hershey, PA. "Identification of Complement Receptor 1 on the Surface of Plasmodium falciparum Merozoites." Mentor: Jose Stoute, MD.


    Amy Beeson, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Denver, CO. "Factors Associated with Mortality During Treatment for Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa." Mentor: Sheela Shenoi, MD, MPH.


    Andrew Wickerham, Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA. "Time to Targeted Therapy Before and After Implementing BioFire Blood Culture Identification Panel." Mentor: Jeffrey Percak, MD.


    Anna Barker, University of Wisconsin, School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, WI. "Agent Based Modeling Strategies to Reduce Clostridium difficile Infection." Mentor: Nasia Safdar, MD, PhD.


    Anthony Bai, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. "Effectiveness of a Care Map Versus Infectious Diseases Consultations in the Management of Staphylococcus aureus Bacteremia: A Pilot Study." Mentor: Andrew Morris, MD, SM, FRCP(C).


    August Longino, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA. "Factors Affecting Adherence to Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Among Men Who Have Sex With Men and Transgender Women In Lima, Peru." Mentor: Ann Duerr, MD, PhD, MPH.


    Austin Wesevich, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO. "Effectiveness of Isoniazid Preventive Therapy in the Pre-ART Period in Malawi." Mentor: Mina Hosseinipour, MD, MPH.


    Avery Nelson, University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Columbia, SC. "Optimal Duration of Antimicrobial Therapy for Gram-negative Bloodstream Infections." Mentor: Majdi Al-Hasan, MBBS.


    Ayla Cash, University of Toledo College of Medicine, Toledo, OH. "The Impact of Cancer and Transplant Therapies on HIV-1 Reservoirs." Mentor: Christine Durand, MD.


    Brenna Stanczyk, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC. "Option B+: ART Safety and Durability during First and Subsequent Pregnancies." Mentor: Mina Hosseinipour, MD, MPH.


    Bryan Nycz, University of Colorado School of Medicine Anschutz Medical Campus Aurora, CO. "Evaluation of Microbiome Dynamics and Infection Risk Among Pediatric Patients with Acute Myelogenous leukemia (AML)." Mentor: Samuel Dominguez, MD.


    Charlotte Lin, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO. "Candida Bloodstream Infections at a Tertiary Care Center: Defining Attributable Mortality and Building Clinical Predictive Models for Mortality." Mentor: William Powderly, MD.


    Chelsea Zhu, University of Toledo College of Medicine, Toledo, OH. "A Multidisciplinary Study of the Use and Outcomes Associated with the Respiratory Pathogen Panel." Mentor: Deepa Mukundan, MD.


    Christina Godfrey, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD. "Effectiveness of Alternative Antiretroviral NRTI-Sparing Regimens in HIV-Infected Patients." Mentor: David Riedel, MD, MPH.


    Christine Pack, University of Texas at Southwestern, Dallas, TX. "HIV Outcomes for Foreign-Born Patients in the United States." Mentor: Arti Barnes, MD.


    David Roberts, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA. "Optimizing antiretroviral therapy delivery: the cost-effectiveness of clinic- and mobile-based models for ART initiation and monitoring among HIV-positive persons in South Africa." Mentor: Ruanne Barnabas, MD, DPhil.


    Denise Lobo, University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville, FL. "Investigating the Additive Benefit of the Urine Lipoarabinomannan Test to Current TB Diagnostics among HIV+ Adults in Panama City, Panama." Mentor: Amy Vittor, MD PHD.


    Elizabeth Larson, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY. "Rotavirus Vaccine Impact on Diarrheal Disease Burden in Mali." Mentor: Karen Kotloff, MD.


    Elizabeth Lendrum, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH. "Identification and Mitigation of Risk for Multi-Drug Resistant Bacterial Infections Using Machine Learning Algorithms." Mentor: David Haslam, MD.


    Elliott Russell, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL. "Epidemiology and Outcomes of Hospitalized Adults with Parainfluenza Virus:  A 7-Year Retrospective Study." Mentor: Michael Ison, MD, MS.


    Emily Liang, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA. "Evaluation of T cell immune phenotype and function in elderly kidney transplant patients." Mentor: Joanna Schaenman, MD, PhD.


    Jeremiah John Locquiao, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine, Chicago, IL. "A Study of Men who have Sex with Men and HIV Prevalence in the Latino Population of the West Side of Chicago." Mentor: Maximo Brito, MD, MPH.


    Jesse Gettinger, University of Alabama School of Medicine Birmingham, AL. "Mechanistic insights of broadly reactive CD8 T cells targeting HIV." Mentor: Paul Goepfert, MD.


    Julian Gatta, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, OH. "Exploring the Clinical Burden and Molecular Basis of Burkholderia spp. Infections in the Philippines." Mentor: Robert Bonomo, MD.


    Katrina Stime, University of Washington School of Medicine Seattle, WA. "Quantifying the cost of implementing a model for chronic HIV care with point-of-care viral load testing and task shifting among nurses." Mentor: Paul Drain, MD, MPH, FACP.


    Mackenzie Hild, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. "Measuring Adherence of Isoniazid Prevention in HIV Exposed Infants in Rural Kenya." Mentor: Dr. Sylvia LaCourse.


    Manoj Maddali, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD. "Epidemiological impact of achieving UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets for HIV care in India." Mentor: Maunank Shah, MD, PhD.


    Matthew Murrill, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD. "Understanding Loss to Follow-up from Drug-resistant Tuberculosis Treatment in Pune, India." Mentor: Amita Gupta, MD, MHS.


    Megan Mayer, University of Washington School of Medicine Seattle, WA. "Mental Health and Psychosocial Factors Influencing Engagement in HIV Care and Treatment in South Africa." Mentor: Paul Drain, MD, MPH, FACP.


    Meredith Shaw, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA. "The impact of chronic Trichomonas vaginalis infection on inflammation-dependent HIV shedding in cervical tissues." Mentor: David Martin, MD.


    Michael Harper, Medical Scientist Training Program University of Colorado School of Medicine Aurora, CO. "Adolescent Immune Responses to Mycobacterium Tuberculosis Vaccines." Mentor: Juliana McElrath, MD, PhD.


    Michael Hernandez, Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, New York, NY. "Utilizing Smartphone Technology to Collect Information About Patterns of PrEP Use Among MSM." Mentor: Magdalena Sobieszczyk, MD, MPH.


    Michael Slade, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO. "BK Virus-Associated Hemorrhagic Cystitis in Patient Undergoing Haploidentical Hematopoietic Cell Transplant." Mentor: Steven Lawrence, MD, MSc.


    Nagina Khudaynazar, St. George's University, True Blue, Grenada. "Efficacy of an EBV-based chimeric VLP in humanized mice – a prelude to disease prevention." Mentor: Joyce Fingeroth, MD.


    Natalie Cain, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL. "Exploring Diagnostic Techniques and Medical Care of Cutaneous Leishmaniasis in Cali, Colombia." Mentor: Paola Lichtenberger, MD.


    Nicole Stephens, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC. "Iron Biomarkers in HIV-associated Cryptococcal Meningitis." Mentor: Anne Frosch, MD, MPH.


    Noora Siddiqui, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine, Birmingham, AL. "Acquisition of HCMV from breast milk: correlates of protection." Mentor: Suresh Boppana, MD.


    Patrick Wen, UT Southwestern, Dallas, TX. "Development of Novel Gene-Silencing Therapeutics for Acinetobacter baumannii Biofilms." Mentor: David Greenberg, MD.


    Paul Han, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD. "Severe Malaria in Malian Children and Seroreactivity to Variant Surface Antigens." Mentor: Mark Travassos, MD, MSc.


    Quinn Dufurrena, Albert Einstein College of Medicine Bronx, NY. "Impairment of Glucose Stimulated Insulin Secretion with Trypanosoma cruzi Infection." Mentor: Herbert Tanowitz, MD.


    Raina Aggarwal, The University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville, VA. "The Expansion of Mental Health Services and the Effect of Expanded Mental Health Services on HIV Outcomes in one Southeastern Ryan White-funded HIV Clinic." Mentor: Kathleen McManus, MD, MSCR.


    Ravi Jariwala, University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), Birmingham, AL. "Significance of HSV DNAemia in neonates who undergo sepsis evaluation." Mentor: Suresh Boppana, MD.


    Rayad Barakat, Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine, Bethesda, MD. "Effect of Antiobiotics on Outcomes of Leishmaniasis Treated with Sodium Stibogluconate." Mentor: Naomi Aronson, MD.


    Rebecca Abelman, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA. "Social Support and its Role in Retention in Care for the HIV-Positive Incarcerated Population." Mentor: Robert Gross, MD, MSCE.


    Rebecca Lee, University of Maryland School of Medicine Baltimore, MD. "Impact of HCV Eradication on the Immune System in HIV Infected Subjects." Mentor: Shyamasundaran Kottilil, MBBS, PhD.


    Ronnye Rutledge, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT. "Feasibility and Acceptability of Community-Based PreP Dissemination in Criminal Justice-Involved Women." Mentor: Jaimie Meyer, MD, MS.


    Ruth Reed, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC. "Investigating Molecular Markers of Chloroquine-Resistant Plasmodium vivax." Mentor: Jessica Lin, MD.


    Sahil Aggarwal, University of California, Irvine School of Medicine, Irvine, CA. "HIV-Related Stigma of Young People Living with HIV/AIDS in Mwanza, Tanzania." Mentor: Catherine Diamond, MD, MPH.


    Samantha Mazetis, Frank H Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University, North Haven, CT. "A Qualitative Analysis of Healthcare Worker Attitudes Towards Prescribing PrEP for Adolescents: A Longitudinal, Multicenter Study." Mentor: Thomas Murray, MD, PhD.


    Sarah Gunby, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA. "Determining the T cell response to primary genital herpes simplex virus type 1 infection." Mentor: Christine Johnston, MD, MPH.


    Shawkut Ali, GRU/UGA Medical Partnership, Medical College of Georgia, Athens, GA. "Utilization of the Emergency Department by Homeless Individuals with a Mental Illness." Mentor: Frederick Altice, MD.


    Shruti Chandramouli, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA. "Are HIV-Infected Adolescents Practicing Safer Sex Than Their HIV-Uninfected Counterparts?- A Comparison of Adolescent Attitudes and Behaviors." Mentor: Athena Kourtis, MD, PhD, MPH.


    Sibani Das, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA. "Molecular and Clinical Epidemiology of Recurrent Plasmid-Borne Beta-Lactam Resistant Enterobacteriaceae Infections in Pediatric Populations." Mentor: Danielle Zerr, MD, MPH.


    Stephen Manning, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX. "Developing a Mobile Health (mHealth) HIV Testing Text Message Campaign." Mentor: Monisha Arya, MD, MPH.


    Tara Ness, University of Washington School of Medicine Seattle, WA. "Case-based Healthcare Provider Education and Clinical Management Support as an Effective Means for Managing HIV in Pregnancy in Rural, Resource Limited Settings." Mentor: Brian Wood, MD.


    Theodore Pak, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY. "Estimation of Attributable Cost of Clostridium difficile Infection from Electronic Medical Record Data." Mentor: Shirish Huprikar, MD.


    Tiange Zhang, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Maywood, IL. "Correlates of HIV Testing among High-Risk MSM in China." Mentor: Joseph Tucker, MD, MA, PhD.


    Timothy Walsh, Florida State University College of Medicine, Tallahassee, FL. "Evaluation of a Pre Exposure Prophylaxis intervention for African American men who have sex with men." Mentor: John Schneider, MD, MPH.


    Tyler Degener, Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA. "Factors Associated with Non-Adherence to Antiretroviral Therapy in HIV-Positive Individuals." Mentor: Amy Baranoski, MD.


    Victoria Bachman, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA. "Determinants of High-Risk Behavior for HIV Acquisition Among Men Who Have Sex With Men in Lima, Peru." Mentor: Ann Duerr, MD, PhD, MPH.


    Victoria Bawel, Stanford University School of Medicine Stanford, CA. "Mapping Diarrheal Illness and Analyzing Geospatial Health Factors in Informal Settlements of Nairobi, Kenya." Mentor: David Relman, MD.


    Vishesh Kothary, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville TN. "Identification of genes necessary for in vitro biofilm formation in Streptococcus agalactiae using transposon mutagenesis." Mentor: David Aronoff, MD.


    Vytas Karalius, Mayo Medical School, Rochester, MN. "Bordetella parapertussis Outbreak in Southeastern Minnesota, 2014." Mentor: Robin Patel, MD.


    Xuan Li, Rush Medical College, Chicago, IL. "Development of Point of Service Testing for Diagnosis of Maternal Toxoplasmosis Infection in Panama." Mentor: Rima McLeod, MD.


    Yusuf Chao, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL. "Utilizing the Electronic Health Record to Construct Syndrome-Specific Antibiograms in Pediatrics." Mentor: Sameer Patel, MD, MPH.


    Zachary Holcomb, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC. "Identification and Evaluation of Host-Derived Biomarker Signatures to Predict Invasive Candidiasis in Immunocompromised Human Hosts." Mentor: Micah McClain, MD, PhD.


    Zachary Tabb, Alpert Medical School, Providence, RI. "Evaluating a Mental Health Intervention to Improve Mental Health and HIV Outcomes among HIV-Infected Tanzanian Youth." Mentor: Dorothy Dow, MD, MSc-GH.





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