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Student Dissertation Workshop

NOTE: The conference is currently scheduled to be an in person conference. The Executive Committee is evaluating options for the best format based on the timing and location of the conference. Click here to learn more about the decision making process for the conference format.


Since 1977, SER has sponsored an annual student workshop on epidemiologic methods related to their dissertation research.  SER seeks applications from doctoral students to participate in the workshop to be held in San Diego, CA immediately preceding the 2021 Society for Epidemiologic Research Annual Meeting (June 22—25, 2021).  Dr. Jennifer Ahern, SER President-Elect, will be the workshop coordinator.  Faculty members with expertise in epidemiology, biostatistics, and other substantive areas, will conduct the workshop. 

The workshop meets the evening of June 21st and all day June 22nd.  The thesis must be in progress but not completed so that the workshop may affect how the project is actually conducted. The application will require a summary of the dissertation topic and study design(s), how this topic affects different race and ethnic populations, a statement on how the student would propose to transfer knowledge from this dissertation back to the most appropriate stakeholders, and the potential implementation which might occur depending upon the various results discovered. 

The students selected for participation will receive a fellowship to support travel expenses for the meeting and onsite childcare services will be available at no charge.  Students from under-represented racial and ethnic groups are particularly encouraged to apply.  Only doctoral students in epidemiology, or related doctoral programs whose thesis involves an epidemiologic study, are eligible. 

Applications will be accepted: November 2, 2020 – February 1, 2021