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“Our goal must be a world in which good health is a pillar of individual well-being, national progress, and international stability and peace. This cannot be achieved without partnerships involving governments, international organizations, the business community, and civil society.”

— Kofi A. Annan, ex-Secretary-General of the United Nations

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The 2008 Call for Nominations is closed.

Through 30 May 2008, the Foundation invites the deans or directors of Latin American and Caribbean schools of veterinary medicine and animal sciences to nominate an undergraduate student (a bachelor's degree or Licenciatura) who has prepared a scientific paper or an undergraduate research thesis within the veterinary public health field. The research thesis should cover zoonoses, food protection, animal health and production, development of biomedical models (animal research models or in vitro substitutes), animal husbandry (zootechnics), biology, food animal technology, or environmental protection related to livestock or other domesticated animals. The research paper/thesis must have been written within the last three years. The maximum number of research papers that will be accepted for nomination from any one school is three.

To be considered, the nomination must be completed in its entirety and should be only in English or Spanish.

To make a nomination, please submit a letter of introduction signed by the nominator (no longer than one page) on official letterhead, a clearly readable copy of the nominated research paper (the paper will not be returned), and a completed and signed nomination form to the PAHO/WHO Country Office of the nominee (See list). The nomination package (letter, research paper, & nomination form) needs to be addressed to the attention of the PAHO/WHO Country Representative (PWR). The letter must include the name of the undergraduate student whose paper is being nominated and the name and title of the student's advisor; it must also be signed by the dean or director of the school of veterinary medicine and animal sciences in Latin America or the Caribbean. If the nomination package is submitted electronically, the letter and nomination form must have an electronic signature. Any unsigned and incomplete documents will not be considered.

Staff members in active service of PAHO, WHO and other UN agencies staff; current official representatives to PAHO's governing bodies (i.e., Ministers of Health), sitting members of the Foundation's Board of Trustees, and members of the Pedro Acha Award Jury are ineligible to receive the award.

Submitted items other than the letter, the nominated research paper, and the completed and signed application form will not be considered by the jury. Nominations must be received no later than 30 May 2008. Nominations received at PAHO/WHO office in the country of the nominee after this date will not be accepted. We suggest sending the nomination at least 3 weeks before the deadline.

PAHEF reserves the right to publish the winners’ speech, such as post it on the foundation’s website, and to quote from it in all communications, e.g., press releases.

Download the 2008 Nomination Form (PDF)