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The AES Student Award recognizes the most outstanding student paper submitted for the AES Annual Conference by a graduate student at the time of application. The award recipient needs to be an AES member will receive financial support ($500*) to attend the AES Annual Conference; the financial support can be used to cover registration, transportation, accommodations, and meals. The winner may also sign up to volunteer at the SciX meeting in exchange for complimentary registration (a volunteer spot is reserved for the AES Blue Fingers Student Award Winner). In order for their presentation to be considered for the AES ‘Blue Fingers’ Student Award, students should submit their abstract as an oral-or-poster type, or a poster type, during the SciX open call for abstracts. When submitting their abstract students must select the option regarding participation in the student AES poster competition in order to be eligible; the awardee will give a 20 minute oral presentation at the AES Annual Conference. The Poster of the winning student will also be featured on the AES website.


*In the event of an all online conference, or if the awardee is unable to attend SciX in person, the amount of the award may be reduced to cover only the registration fees.

2023 Recipient

Negar Farhang Doost


Title: Dielectrophoresis as a detection tool for Rickettsial diseases

Tick-borne diseases pose significant public health challenges worldwide. Tick-borne diseases are caused

by various pathogens including Rickesttsia species are on the rise, with increase incidence reported in

multiple regions. The ricketssiae are a diverse group of intracellular Gram-negative bacteria found in

ticks and can cause infections that spread in the blood to other organs. These infections include Rocky

Mountain spotted fever (RMSF), other spotted fevers, epidemic typhus, and murine typhus.


Past Winners

2022  Md Nazibul Islam

2021  James Hagan

2020  Nicole Hill

2019  Anna Nielsen

2018  Claire V. Crowther

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