Vector Biology Boot Camp Applications for the 2020 Program are now open!

The Vector Biology Boot Camp is an annual event offered by the Northeast Regional Center for Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases and the Louis Calder Center of Fordham University, providing hands-on learning opportunities in vector surveillance program operations.

The program is designed for vector-borne disease professionals working in the Northeast, covering tick and mosquito species of medical importance to this region. Ideal program applicants include professionals whose job duties specifically involve vector surveillance and/or control.

Is there a cost for this program?

This is a free training program for participants. Attendees are provided with on-site dormitory accommodations at no cost, and meals are covered for all attendees during the dates of the event. Participants are responsible for their own travel.

Program Highlights

Hands-On Training:

Attendees gain hands-on experience in the latest methods for field collection and identification of medically important ticks and mosquitoes in the Northeast region of the US.

Expert Instruction:

Vector Biology Boot Camp instructors have over 500 years of cumulative experience in the fields of mosquito and tick surveillance, identification, and control.


Attendees have multiple opportunities to engage with colleagues and counterparts from across the region, as well as interact with our team of vector-borne disease expert instructors.

Program Essentials:

The Vector Biology Boot Camp curriculum covers the essentials of maintaining a vector surveillance program, including methods for data collection, equipment considerations, and best practices for communicating with the media and the public.

How do I apply?

To ensure a rich educational experience for all attendees, this program is capped at 20 participants. We ask that individuals interested in attending the Vector Biology Boot Camp submit a brief application form. The application window for this program opens in February of each year.

Applications for the 2020 Vector Biology Boot Camp are now closed.