In memory of Sylvia and aided by many generous donations, the Dr Sylvia Meek Scholarship for Entomology was set up in 2016 to support students from across the world to study entomology at universities in Nigeria, South Africa and Thailand.
Malaria Consortium and partnering universities are committed to ensuring Sylvia's values are carried on by the world's future entomologists. Sylvia was a great scientist, her dedication and compassion were an inspiration to her associates and colleagues and her legacy will support a new generation of public health specialists in Africa and Asia.
The scholarship, established by Malaria Consortium, is a very fitting tribute to a woman with such vision and passion. Given the shortage of field-oriented vector biologists, and the threats undermining progress towards malaria elimination, this fellowship offers a great opportunity to support public health entomologist students to help move Africa and Asia forward on the path to malaria elimination.
In Asia, Mahidol University's Faculty of Tropical Medicine is hosting the scholarship, supporting two students through a two-year Masters’ programme in tropical medicine specialised in medical entomology, one being selected from the countries of the Greater Mekong sub-region and one from South Asia. The university is a global centre of excellence for entomology, vector control, malaria elimination and tropical medicine.
In South Africa, Malaria Consortium is proud to announce its partnership with the University of Pretoria, South Africa. The University of Pretoria is supporting one scholarship student for a two-year Master of Science in Entomology based in and supervised by academic staff in the Department of Zoology and Entomology as a research-only programme. The University of Pretoria is one of the leading higher education institutions on the continent. The university’s origins go back to 1908, and while building on a century of experience, it has transformed into the multicultural, multiracial university offering high-quality education it is today.
Malaria Consortium is also delighted that the University of Nigeria is hosting two recipients of the scholarship for a two-year Master’s programme in Entomology at the Department of Zoology and Environmental Biology, Faculty of Biological Sciences. The university is the first indigenous university established in 1960, following the country’s independence and ranks among the top five in Nigeria. The Master’s programme in Entomology is based at the Department of Zoology and Environmental Biology, Faculty of Biological Sciences.