Rabeh Elshesheny, a Postdoctoral Fellow with the St. Jude Center of Excellence for Influenza Research and Surveillance (SJCEIRS), received the Egypt State Encouragement Award 2017 in the field of advanced technological sciences on June 12, 2018. This honor was awarded by the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology (ASRT), Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Egypt. This award is to encourage and recognize the scientist’s efforts for science progress. The State Encouragement Award in the field of advanced technological sciences is awarded to the best research and/or assistant professors in Egypt in the fields of medicine, agriculture, and science. Dr. Elshesheny applied for this award in 2017, submitting work on influenza and MERS-CoV research, including research on H5N8 virus circulation.