Please Note: The eighth and final YES Competition was held in April 2011.
Epidemiology is the scientific method used to investigate, analyze and prevent or control a health problem in a population. Epidemiologists are interested in all kinds of health issues including infectious diseases such as hepatitis or HIV/AIDS and chronic diseases such as childhood obesity. Our quality of life—and even our survival—depend in large part on the work of epidemiologists.
Meet the Winners
This year, 562 students entered the YES Competition. Sixty Regional Finalists from 22 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico were invited to present their projects to a panel of distinguished judges comprised of the leading public health experts and educators.
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Meet the Alumni
Since its inception, 4,955 students have submitted projects to the YES Competition. Of these, 976 students have received $3,700,000 in scholarships. YES Scholars are enrolled in undergraduate programs, and many have already moved on to graduate school or careers where they are successfully using the skills they learned at the YES Competition. Follow their stories here.
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The Epi Calendar is an interactive resource for students, teachers and the public to explore the fascinating world of epidemiology. First of its kind, the online calendar delves into the events, people and institutions that have shaped the course of public health from the 14th century to today. The calendar features award-winning research by YES Scholars and epidemiology teaching units for high school classrooms.
View the calendar