Health Communication Scholars Program
The Health Communication Scholars Program (HCSP) is an initiative housed in the College of Communication to provide opportunities for graduate students to collaborate on interdisciplinary grant proposals and research. This program is launching in the 2013-14 academic year, with grants awarded to support graduate student research.
2013-14 Funded Proposals Announced
After a competitive process, the HCSP is funding four proposals for the 2013-14 academic year. Congratulations to these funded teams!
Factors Influencing Disclosure of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Healthcare Settings: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning (LGBTQ) Patient Perspectives
Co-Principal Investigator: Laura Brown (Department of Communication Studies)
Co-Principal Investigator: Jelena Todic (School of Social Work)
Faculty Mentor: Catherine Cubbin (School of Social Work)
Exploring Health Insurance Counselors as Information Providers: A Step toward Understanding the Context for Health Literacy
Principal Investigator: Sara Champlin (Department of Advertising)
Co-Investigator: Ming-Ching Liang (Department of Advertising)
Co-Investigator:Sarah Seidel (School of Public Health)
Co-Investigator: Lindsey Ripley (Lone Star Circle of Care)
Faculty Mentor: Alfred McAlister (School of Public Health)
Using Visual Metaphors to Decrease Mental Health Stigma in College Students
Principal Investigator: Allison Lazard (Department of Advertising)
Co-Investigator: Benita Bamgbade (College of Pharmacy)
Faculty Mentor: Carolyn Brown (College of Pharmacy)
From the Drawing Board to the Kitchen Table: An Analysis of Perceptions, Attitudes, and the Information Process Between Health Messages, Parents, and Children
Principal Investigator: Emily Scheinfeld (Department of Communication Studies)
Co-Investigator: Erin Nelson (Department of Communication Studies)
Co-Investigator: Meredith Craft (School of Public Health)
Faculty Mentor: Rene Dailey (Department of Communication Studies)
Fall 2013 Updates
The HCSP is intended both for students already interested in health communication but also those who might be looking for an opportunity to explore a new area of research. Students interested in participating can review student profiles to find potential collaborators for the 2013-14 academic year.
11/12/2013 - The deadline for submitting the 1-page letter of intent has been extended to December 13. A new HCSP Q&A and networking event has also been added for December 4 from 1-2:30pm in BMC 4.378A (Department of Advertising conference room); this event will be an opportunity for interested students ask questions of HCSP director Dr. Mackert, but also be a time for students interested in the program to meet each other.
11/8/2013 - Handouts from the grant writing workshop will be added to the Documents page. The first, the specific aims template from Dr. Horner, is already online and available to download as a PDF.
11/7/13 - The application for applying is online on the Documents page. The deadline for applying for 2013-14 funding is January 24, 2014.
11/2/13 - WILLIAM SAGE JOINING GRANT WRITING WORKSHOP: William Sage, who served as the Vice Provost for Health Affairs at UT-Austin, will be joining the grant writing workshop on Friday to share some opening remarks.
10/29/13 - MORE DETAILS ON APPLYING: The Applying page was updated with information about allowed expenses that may be covered by a HCSP award, eligibility, grant stipulations, and selection criteria.
10/17/13 - AGENDA FOR GRANT WRITING WORKSHOP: The Timeline was updated to include information about the agenda for the grant writing workshop on November 8.
10/17/13 - 2013-14 FUNDING: The total amount of funds awarded for the 2013-14 academic year will be $4,500. Individual proposals can be up to $1,500. More details about the kinds of expenses the program can and cannot fund will be posted soon.
10/9/13 - GRANT WRITING WORKSHOP: A grant writing workshop has been scheduled for November 8, 1-4pm in BMC 5.208. The workshop will focus on specific details for this program, but more broadly on the importance of a defined research agenda, securing external funding to support that research, and specific lessons about writing strong proposals. Faculty from across campus will participate in this workshop, including Lori Holleran Steiker (School of Social Work), Mary Steinhardt (Department of Kinesiology and Health Education), Sharon Horner (School of Nursing), and Steve Kelder (School of Public Health).