The Summer Research Fellowship is designed to provide financial support for students and post-doctoral trainees to conduct a mentored research project during the academic summer break. We encourage a broad range of research topics pertaining to sexually transmitted infections (STIs) including basic science, clinical investigation, program science, educational scholarship, etc.

The goals of the Summer Research Fellowship are to:

  • Encourage trainees to conduct STI research
  • Provide financial support that permits trainees to dedicate time to a STI-related research project
  • Encourage STI researchers to dedicate time to mentoring trainees and recognize the mentor’s contribution with an honorarium
  • Advance the ASTDA mission to foster scientific knowledge, develop leadership, and champion practice in the field of sexually transmitted infections.

ASTDA is please to announce the 2022 Summer Fellowship Awardees:

Aubrey Alavrenga (l) and Renata Sanders (r)

Aubrey Alvarenga

Making STDs Sexy: Adolescent and Young Adult Engagement with mail-in self-collected POC STI Testing and Sexual Health Services

Mentor: Renata Sanders, MD, MPH, ScM
Affiliation: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Tara Reid (l) and Victoria Cegielski (r)

Victoria Cegielski

Identifying Treponema pallidum Proteins that are CD4 T-Cell Antigens

Mentor: Tara Reid, MD, PhD
Affiliation: University of Missouri Kansas City School of Medicine and University of Washington

Jane Chen (l) and Irving Hoffman (r)

Jane Chen

Genital and Extragenital Gonorrhea in Symptomatic Women in Malawi

Mentor: Irving Hoffman, PA, MPH
Affiliation: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health

Carinna Emilio (l) and Jonathan Zenilman (r)

Carinna Emilio

The Public Health Implications of Perinatal STIs

Mentor: Jonathan Zenilman, MD
Affiliation: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Bucky Foster (l) and Abigail Norris Turner (r)

Bucky Foster

Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on STIs among LGBTQ+ People in Columbus, Ohio

Mentor: Abigail Norris Turner, PhD
Affiliation: The Ohio State University

Left image: Jalisa Holt (l) and Casey Pinto (r). Right image: Doug Leslie

Jalisa Holt

The Impact of Regional Emergencies on STI Testing Services in the United States

Mentors: Casey Pinto, PhD, CRNP, MPH, and Doug Leslie, PhD
Affiliation: Penn State University School of Medicine

Amanda Luff (l) and maria Gallo (r)

Amanda Luff

Improving our Understanding of Condom Use Reporting Behaviors

Mentor: Maria Gallo, PhD
Affiliation: The Ohio State University

Jerusha Mogaka (l) and Jillian Pintye (r)

Jerusha Mogaka

Gonorrhea and Chlamydia in Pregnancy in Kenya

Mentor: Jillian Pintye, RN, MPH, PhD
Affiliation: University of Washington

Jessica Morgan (l) and Tamika Smith (r)

Jessica Morgan

Racial Discrimination and Sexual Health Practices Among African American Women

Mentor: Tamika Smith, PhD
Affiliation: The University of Alabama at Birmingham

Bekezela Siziba (l) and Nyaradzo Mgodi (r)

Bekezela Siziba

STIs among Sex Workers who use PrEP in Zimbabwe

Mentor: Nyaradzo Mgodi, MBChB, MMed
Affiliation: University of Zimbabwe

See the 2023 Summer Fellowship Award Receipients