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Center of Excellence for Emerging and Zoonotic Animal Diseases

June 21 - 30, 2021

The CEEZAD BSL-3 Training/Transboundary Animal Diseases Summer Program is designed to introduce graduate, DVM and upper-level undergraduate students to high-containment training and to provide current practical and scientific information on select high consequence transboundary and zoonotic diseases. In addition, this program also provides insight into challenges associated with the current COVID-19 pandemic and into methodologies, tools and partnerships that could help us better respond to future pandemics.

The program is funded by the Department of Homeland Security and is directed at highly motivated students with a demonstrated career interest in transboundary and zoonotic diseases of animals. The two-week program consists of one week of intensive, hands-on and classroom training at the Biosecurity Research Institute (BRI; website) at Kansas State University and with virtual presentations from area industry partners and seminars/lectures from national and international subject matter experts in high containment research and transboundary animal diseases during the second week.

The BRI, located adjacent to the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, or NBAF, contains an Education and Training area which includes a training laboratory with equipment that simulates BSL-3 research practices.  Both, CEEZAD and the BRI are committed to training a specialized workforce to protect the nation's agriculture and public health sectors against high consequence transboundary, emerging and zoonotic diseases.

Eligibility Requirements

  • U.S. citizenship
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Current enrollment as a full-time undergraduate (junior or senior), graduate student, or DVM student

Program Goals

  • To provide training on essential practices to safely conduct research in a BSL-3 and BSL-3Ag environment
  • To provide current practical and scientific information on select high-consequence transboundary animal diseases including activities to be conducted at the future National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF)
  • To introduce students to the role of industry in infectious disease research and translation to commercial products
  • To provide networking opportunities with peers and subject matter experts in the field of high-containment research and transboundary diseases of animals

Successful applicants will receive a travel stipend up to $2,000 to cover transportation (to and from Manhattan, Kansas), lodging and per diem expenses.  Applicants residing in or near the Manhattan, Kansas area may not be eligible to receive a travel stipend. An on-campus housing option is available.

A certificate of completion for the program will be provided to signify the student has attended the program and is familiar with basic knowledge of working in BSL-3 environments. 

Please note due to the impact of COVID-19, this program will be a combination of in-person and virtual presentations.  Social distancing guidelines to maintain a distance of 6 feet apart will be followed by all individuals involved in the program. Masks will be mandatory based on the CDC guidelines.

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Program Overview

Week 1: Classroom and hands-on BSL-3 training at the BRI

One week of training will address topics, techniques and essential practices to safely and successfully conduct research in a Biosafety Level-3 setting.  By the end of the training the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of risk group classifications and biosafety levels;
  • Identify potential risks associated with executing standard laboratory practices;
  • Engage in laboratory practices that reduce the potential for aerosol exposures;
  • Identify, select, and defend high containment practices required when manipulating agents and toxins;
  • Identify areas of potential vulnerabilities in the laboratory ecosystem/network to include how technology introduction may impact laboratory operations (cybersecurity), safety, security, and overall laboratory capability;
  • Demonstrate essential biocontainment practices for use in BSL-3, ABSL-3 and BSL-3Ag settings.

Week 2: Speaker series and Industry overview

The final week will also include two days of seminars and lectures by academic and government experts in the fields of containment research and transboundary animal diseases. Topics covered will include:

  • Necropsy considerations in high-containment research
  • Careers in high-containment research
  • Rift Valley Fever virus
  • African Swine Fever virus
  • Classical Swine Fever virus
  • Arboviral diseases of livestock and horses
  • Research in a BSL-4 environment
  • Research at Plum Island Animal Disease Center and future projects at NBAF

All participants will be required to submit a final written report at the end of the program.