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NA PRRS Travel Fellowship Information (Infectious Disease)

Deadline for submission of application: September 8, 2017benfield-logo

The David A. Benfield Student Travel Fellowship

David A. Benfield received his BS and MS degrees from Purdue University and a PhD from the University of Missouri-Columbia.  He has a distinguished 25 years in research related to viral diseases of food animals.  In 1990, he was the co-discoverer of the cause of “mystery swine disease” or porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV).  He has remained a role model and mentor to many of those who are currently in the PRRS field. He is a member of the American Society for Virology, American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians, and Honorary Diplomat of the College of Veterinary Microbiologists, American Association of Swine Veterinarians and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  Currently, he is an Associate Vice President of Agricultural Administration and Director of the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Wooster Campus a part of The Ohio State University and a Professor in the Food Animal Health Research Program in the College of Veterinary Medicine.  It is his generous donation that initiated this fellowship program.  It is his hope that these fellowships provide students with the experience of attending the PRRS Symposium to present their work on PRRS.

The David A. Benfield Student Travel Fellowship is directed at supporting students and postdocs who attend the PRRS symposium. Applicants must be undergraduate students, graduate students or post-doctoral fellows and must submit an abstract and present original research findings at the NA-PRRSS in Chicago.

Up to $1,000 will be made available to support travel and/or accommodations related to the meeting. Fellowship recipients will be recognized at the symposium and listed in the proceedings.

The application packet must include:

  • A maximum three page curriculum vitae with contact information (email, phone number, mailing address)
  • A maximum one page description of research interests including short and long term career goals
  • A copy of the abstract submitted to the NA-PRRS Symposium.

Application materials should be sent electronically as a single pdf file to:

Bob Rowland at NAPRRS@vet.k-state.edu

Receipt of application will be verified via email. Review of applications by the fellowship committee will begin September 8, 2016 and recipients notified soon after.

Selection Committee Chair:  Joan Lunney, ARS

Contact Bob Rowland at NAPRRS@vet.k-state.edu with questions.