Dr Isabelle Bartkowiak-Théron and Dr Yasmeen Krameddine, in their capacity as co-chairs of the GLEPHA Special Interest Group on Education, are delighted to announce the first recipient of the GLEPHA PhD Student Paper award.

The PhD Student Paper Award is given each year to one student for the best sole or lead authored paper in the broad Law Enforcement and Public Health (LEPH) field. The paper was to have clear implications for advancing the field of LEPH – e.g. theory, methods, practical innovation, translational work. The student must be currently enrolled in a PhD program (either full-time or part-time). Multi-authored papers must include a statement of the student’s contribution to the work. Submissions are evaluated by a panel of 3 scholars who work in the field of LEPH, and whose combined expertise covers the broad LEPH field.

After assessing all submissions, the panel decided to bestow the first award to Mario Morales, from the University of Arizona, for his work on needle stick injuries among law enforcement officers in Tijuana. 

We would like to congratulate Mr. Morales for his work, and we will be in touch soon to provide the details of the award. We would also like to congratulate all other students who submitted nothing but quality work. We look forward to reading more work coming out of our LEPH student community, and to run the next round of awards at the next LEPH conference.