About the student competition

While anyone can participate, One Health Day especially encourages students (secondary, undergraduate, graduate, professional) to set up One Health (virtual) events that facilitate student delegates working together from different academic disciplines/backgrounds. For fun and added incentive, student teams organizing an event for One Health Day may enter their event to compete for cash prizes. Winning events will be selected by a jury of renowned international One Health experts. Student Event awards of $2,000 each will go to the top event in each of four global regions.

Student teams wishing to compete are urged to closely follow competition instructions and checklist for their events to qualify.


Student One Health Day Teams are eligible to apply for one of three One Health Day Awards if they:

  • Have at least one ecology / environmental, one human medical, one veterinary medical, and one additional non-medical related student (examples: Anthropology, Chemistry, Communications, Engineering, Social Sciences, Wildlife, Zoology, etc.) N=4 or more students.
  • Team members can cross institutional and geographic (e.g., country) boundaries
  • Submit proof of ‘students in good standing’ letters or Proof of Registration for each team member on their University’s letterhead from a faculty member or Department Head. (Note: It is possible that more than one University will be represented on a single team.) (Due AFTER event)
  • Register your Event to compete (Due at least 2 WEEKS BEFORE event).
  • Hold their (virtual) event between September 1 and November 30
  • Submit an evaluation Summary Report (in English) to Chris Vanlangendonck and Cheryl Stroud in copy by 1 December. Word or PDF file format acceptable. Please use filename: "OHD-evaluation-last name of main contact person").

Only those teams who wish to compete for the awards must prospectively meet these Event Criteria and submit Event Reports to Chris Vanlangendonck. All other One Health Day teams (not wishing to compete) are encouraged to register their event on the One Health Day webpage for support and help promoting their events. 

Assessment Criteria/Scoring

  • Student applications for the One Health Day Awards competition will be assessed for eligibility according to the conditions outlined in the event guidelines and scored using these Assessment Criteria.
  • Submission Checklist - Use this to guide you through the submission.

What to do to Compete

  • Establish your team of at least 4 students from at least 4 domains, human, animal, environment and one ‘other’ non-medical arena
  • Start planning your (virtual) event to occur between September 1 and November 30
  • Get letters of ‘Student in Good Standing’ or Proof of Registration for each team member from your faculty on University letterhead and send to Christel Smeys.
  • Let her know who the designated ‘point of contact’ is for your team so the One Health Day Planning Team can let you know if you won.
  • Submit your event Registration form online on the One Health Day website
  • Consult the Student Competition Assessment Criteria to see how your event will be evaluated by the judges.
  • Use the Submission Checklist to prepare your narrative Event Summary Report.
  • Submit your Event Summary Report to Chris Vanlangendonck by December 1.  Be sure it includes:                    
    • Event Concept, Objectives, Description, and Contribution to Advancing One Health
    • The Team’s promotional plan including links to any local media promotions
    • Metrics for measuring success of your event and results/data for those measures
    • A narrative Summary of your event


Prof. Ab Osterhaus

Prof. A.D.M.E. Osterhaus, PhD, DVM


Director of Research Center for Emerging Infections and Zoonosis (RIZ), University of Veterinary Medicine, Hannover and Chair of OHP. More info


Tammi Krecek, PhD

Rosina (“Tammi”) C Krecek FRSSAf, PhD, MBA

Research Professor of Global One Health, Texas A&M (TAMU), College Station, Texas, USA. More info



Helena Chapman, MD, MPH, PhD

Helena Chapman, MD, MPH, PhD

Associate Program Manager, Health and Air Quality Applications, NASA HQ / Booz Allen Hamilton, Washington, DC, USA, and member, OHI Autonomous pro bono Team. More info


Prof. John Mackenzie

Prof. John MacKenzie

Tropical Infectious Diseases

Research Associate and Professor of Tropical Infectious Diseases, Curtin University, Australia and Vice-Chair of OHP.  More info



Neil Vezeau

Neil Vezeau, BS

3rd Yr. Vet Student, Iowa State U, Immediate Past President, Interna-tional Student One Health Alliance More info


Joann Lindenmayer, DVM, MPH

Joann Lindenmayer, DVM, MPH

Chair, Leadership Council, Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association, USA More info


Anastasia Lambrou, MSc

Anastatia Lambrou, MSc 

4th Yr. PhD Candidate, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Immediate Past Vice President of Members, International Student One Health Alliance More info



Dates of Interest

  • 1 September-30 November 2020: Window for occurrence of events entered in the competition
  • 1 December 2020: Event summaries for competition due to Chris Vanlangendonck for judging. Be sure we know how to contact you if your team wins
  • February - March 2021: Announcement of student competition winners for One Health Day 2020