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.
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.
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.
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.
"If you are looking for an exceptional educational experience of the state of art status of vector borne diseases from mosquitoes and ticks, put on by outstanding and nationally recognized subject matter experts in a concise and well organized fashion, then this training is for you."
"This was an amazing opportunity that everyone should take advantage of. The content was appropriate for a wide variety of vector control professionals, and the connections made during my time here are invaluable."
"The vast amount of knowledge, talent, and experience provided, not only by the excellent instructors, but also by fellow participants led to an intensive three days that benefited novices and long-time vector professionals alike."