The winner of the 2018 SHEA Epi Project Competition is Valerie Vaughn, MD, MSc, Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Michigan. Dr. Vaughn’s proposal, "Antibiotic Overuse at Hospital Discharge," was selected from a group of five finalists who delivered oral presentations at the SHEA 2018 Spring Conference in Portland, OR.

The SHEA Education and Research Foundation (SHEAERF), in collaboration with the SHEA Research Committee, host the SHEA Epi Project Competition each year at the SHEA Spring Conference. The winner is selected from among a group of finalists invited to deliver oral presentations to compete for a grant award of up to $20,000. The annual competition identifies bright and dedicated early investigators within 5 years of completion of training (MPH, PhD, PharmD, or MD) in the field of healthcare epidemiology and antibiotic stewardship. Winning submissions will propose studies that can shape our understanding of infection prevention,  antibiotic stewardship, and implementation science. The SHEAERF strives to advance the field of healthcare epidemiology and antibiotic stewardship through research and education. Our mission in part is to mentor, train, and promote professional development in healthcare epidemiology and antibiotic stewardship.

Information about the 2019 Epi Project Competition including key dates and milestones will be unveiled in October 2018 at IDWeek. Read more details about the requirements for submitting a proposal for the Epi Project Competition. Questions and inquiries can be sent to

For information about past winners, visit the SRN Studies and Resources Page.