Applications for the Smith/Patterson Fellowship Are Now Being Accepted

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The Fellowship Is Open to Any U.S.-based Master’s Student Interested in Science Journalism or a Health Communication-related Field

Flier: 2013 Smith Patterson Fellowship

Flier: 2013 Smith Patterson Fellowship

Columbia, Mo. (Feb. 6, 2013) — The Health Communication Research Center¬†(HCRC) at the Missouri School of Journalism is accepting applications for the summer Smith/Patterson Fellowship. The fellowship is open to any U.S.-based master’s student interested in science journalism or a health communication-related field.

“The fellowship provides hands-on experience to early career science and health communicators on real-world projects, such as increasing access to healthy foods among vulnerable populations to nudging behaviors to improve lifestyle choices and reduce chronic disease,” said Jon Stemmle, the¬†Center’s co-director and an assistant director at the School.

Details on the Fellowship and how to apply are available online at the HCRC website. The deadline to apply is March 15.

The annual fellowship is made possible through a $100,000 gift from Russell G. Smith II in honor of former MU Professor Joye Patterson, who was Smith’s mentor throughout college. Patterson taught science writing at the journalism school from 1966 to 1988. She died in 2012.

Smith was raised in St. Louis and earned two journalism degrees from MU: a bachelor’s degree in 1967 and a master’s in 1971 with a focus in science writing and public relations. He is the managing partner of MYRUSH Futures, LP, a Midwest investment property and consulting firm. Previously, Smith was Missouri division president of May’s Drug Stores Inc., based in Tulsa, Okla. Smith’s wife Gail received a bachelor’s degree in education from MU in 1968.

About the HCRC: The Health Communication Research Center operates under the auspices of the Missouri School of Journalism. Its primary mission is to foster research to improve communication between the health care community and the public. The Center capitalizes on MU’s strengths in health care outreach, education and prevention and provides support to researchers conducting pilot studies and developing proposals for further extramural funding.

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