2017 CUGH Conference

What? An opportunity to submit an essay about your reflections in global health education and practice.  This is the fifth annual CUGH Reflection Essay Contest that is co-sponsored by CUGH, Child Family Health International, University of Pittsburg Center for Global Health and Loyola University Chicago Health Sciences Division.

Who? Trainees from undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate levels and GH faculty/practitioners are eligible to submit an essay to the contest.  We strongly encourage essay submission by trainees and global health practitioners/educators from low-middle income countries.  New this year: a separate category for trainees from low-middle income countries 

When? Submissions are due by midnight EST on December 4, 2016.  Decisions on winners and runner-ups will be announced on January 15, 2017. A select group of winners will be invited to read their essays at the 2017 CUGH Annual Conference in Washington DC.  

Where? Submissions should be emailed to cughessay@cfhi.org. Winners will be invited to attend and read their essays at the CUGH 2017 Annual Conference in Washington, DC. However, attending the conference is not required to participate in the Essay Contest.  Additional essays will be invited to submit for publication in the publication “Reflection and Global Health: An Anthology.”

How? Email essay submission with the structure and information in the instructions below to cughessay@cfhi.org. To learn more about how to write a reflective essay, additional resources can be found here.

Reflection is a powerful tool in global health education and practice. All current undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate trainees as well as GH practitioners are invited to submit essays to reflect upon the meaning and lessons learned from global health experiences. These may be in a research, educational, clinical, or service capacity. The impacts of these experiences on professional development and personal growth are revealed in new partnerships, insights into cross-cultural or ethical issues and ideas for change.  

Click here for an example of writing prompts.

  • The essay must be written while the applicant fits into one of the three contest categories described below, must be the work of a single author, and must represent original work. Essays must not have been previously published in print or electronic format.

  • Entries must be in English, at least 11 point font, doubled-spaced, and must not exceed 1,000 words.

  • Essay should be written in Microsoft or OpenOffice document.

  • Do not put your name or any other identifying information on the document. Mention of any other individuals in the document should conform to anonymity standards to ensure privacy.

  • Include the title of your essay on all pages of your word document submission

  • Only ONE submission per person.

  • Essays not meeting all requirements will be disqualified from the contest.


Submissions will be judged in three separate categories: 1) trainees (post secondary to post graduate levels, 2) practitioner/faculty, and 3) trainees for whom English is not the primary language.  Each essay is reviewed by two judges and scored on four criteria— originality/theme, composition, critical reflection, and impact. A third judge is asked to review the essay if there is a significant difference in the scores by the two judges. Authors will be anonymous to the judges. The finalists will be selected by members of CUGH's Essay and Education Committees. Essay finalists will be notified by January 15, 2017.


Monetary prizes of $500 and a waiver of the 2017 CUGH conference registration fee will be awarded to the three winners.  A number of honorable mention essays will be selected for a special reading and recognition session at the conference.  


Send an email (including the below information) with your essay as an attachment to cughessay@cfhi.org
Please include the following information in the body of your email: 

  1. First Name then Last Name

  2. Title of Essay

  3. Address

  4. Phone Number

  5. Email Address (reachable even after graduation)

  6. School/Sponsoring Institution/Training Program where enrolled or affiliated

  7. Degree Program (if applicable)
  8. Indicate category of submission (IMPORTANT!)

                   a. Trainees (undergraduate, graduate, post-graduate levels).  Anticipated year of graduation

                   b. Practitioner/faculty.  Please indicate years in practice and area of expertise

                   c. Trainees from low-middle income countries where English is not the official language 

More information: Contact: buithuy@pitt.edu or jevert@fcm.ucsf.edu

This contest is co-sponsored by Consortium for Universities in Global Health, Child Family Health International, Loyola University Chicago Health Sciences Division, and the University of Pittsburgh's Center for Global Health.


On writing: Purdue University Online Writing Lab

 On reflection, go here

Wear D, Zarconi J, Garden R, Jones T. Reflection in/and writing: pedagogy and practice in medical education. Academic Medicine 2012; 87(5): 603-609