Health Communication Scholars Program: Health Communication Scholars Program

Health Communication Scholars Program

What is the Health Communication Scholars Program?

Launched in 2013, the Health Communication Scholars Program (HCSP) seeks to support graduate student research in health communication. HCSP was created by Dr. Mike Mackert within the Moody College of Communication and initially funded by the Provost’s Teaching Fellows program. HCSP specifically aims to provide grant-writing experiences to graduate students interested in exploring topics related to health communication. 

The program hosts a grant-writing workshop every fall in which faculty from across campus who have secured external funding provide their insights on writing effective grant submissions, details on the review process, and how to navigate early career grant seeking. Each year, the program also offers an opportunity for graduate students to submit proposals to receive funding (up to $2,000) for their research. Interdisciplinary teams of graduate students are invited to submit proposals that parallel NIH or NSF submissions. All teams, regardless of funding, receive feedback on their proposals from a faculty review panel.

HCSP welcomes proposals from graduate students from all departments or schools at UT Austin as well as proposals focusing on any dimension of health communication (e.g., biological/physiological studies, interpersonal factors, patient-provider interactions, organizational contexts, health campaigns, etc.).

2019-2020 HCSP Details

HCSP Awards

The HCSP will be awarding four $2,000 grants for the 2019-20 academic year. Dates and application materials have been updated throughout the website for this funding cycle.


  • October 11, 2019: HCSP Grant Writing Workshop
  • December 13, 2019: Letter of interest submission deadline
  • January 31, 2020: Deadline for final proposal submissions
  • Early January, 2020: Finalist presentations
  • February 2020: Awards announced
  • March 2020: Funded proposals begin their 1-year project

Download the Health Communication Scholars Program application document.

2019-2020 Grant Writing Workshop

The HCSP grant writing workshop was held on Oct 11th, 2019. Below is the agenda for the workshop and presentaitons available for download.




9:00 – 9:10

Welcome, Introductions, and Program Overview

Rene Dailey, Ph.D.
Department of Communication Studies
HCSP Coordinator

9:10 – 9:50

Grant Writing Tips Session #1:
Proposal Writing: Thinking Like a Reviewer

Bill Kohl, Ph.D.
Department of Kinesiology and Health Education

9:50 – 10:30

Grant Writing Tips Session #2:
Money, Money, Money...and Paperwork

Josh Barbour, Ph.D.
Department of Communication Studies

10:30 – 10:50        

Coffee Break/Networking Session


10:50 – 11:30

Grant Writing Tips Session #3:
Getting NIH Grants: Insights You May Not Get from any Textbook

Bo Xie, Ph.D.
School of Nursing and School of Information

11:30 – 12:10

Grant Writing Tips Session #4:
Balancing Theory and Application in Grant-Seeking

Lee Ann Kahlor, Ph.D.
Stan Richards School of Advertising & Public Relations

12:10 – 12:30

Insights on Health Communication Research and Funding from the Founding HCSP Coordinator

Mike Mackert, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Health Communication
Stan Richards School of Advertising & Public Relations

12:30 – 1:00

Tips on HSCP proposal and Additional Networking Time

René Dailey

2018-19 Funded Proposals

The HCSP funded three proposals for the 2018-19 academic year. Congratulations to these students on funding their exciting projects!

Testing Message Features for Bystander Intervention Programs

PI: Abigail Hazlett (Communication Studies)
Co-PI: Chelsea Brass (Communication Studies)
Co-PI: Carolyn Montagnolo (Communication Studies)
Co-PI: Angela Simmons (Educational Psychology)
Faculty Mentor: Matt McGlone (Communication Studies)

Using Student Feedback to Improve Sexual Education: What do Students Actually Want to Know?

PI: Hannah Hinton (Communication Studies)
Co-PI: Alyssa Lloyd (Health Behavior and Health Education)
Co-PI: Dani Soibelman (Communication Studies)
Faculty Mentor: Anita Vangelisti (Communication Studies)

The role of parental knowledge of sexual development on parents' preference for sexuality education in school

PI: Allen Mallory (Human Development & Family Sciences)
Co-PI: Meg Bishop (Human Development & Family Sciences)
Co-PI: Matt Zellner (Speech Language Pathology)
Faculty Mentor: Stephen Russell (Human Development & Family Sciences)