Summer Smith/Patterson Fellowship Applications Are 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

Columbia, Mo. (Dec. 29, 2014) — The Health Communication Research Center 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.

Russ Smith and Joye Patterson

Russ Smith, BJ ’67, MA ’71, and his mentor, Professor Joye Patterson, stand by the lion in the journalism arch.

“The fellowship is a true Missouri Method program. Our fellows have had opportunities to conduct research related to health sciences and public health and to assist with intervention design to address health challenges. Fellows have worked on food security, tobacco cessation and prevention programs, as well as healthy eating and active living initiatives,” said Center Co-Director Amy Dunaway.

Details on the Fellowship, how to apply, and profiles of prior Fellows are available online. The deadline to apply is March 14.

The annual fellowship is made possible through a $100,000 gift from Russell G. Smith II in honor of former Missouri School of Journalism Professor Joye Patterson, who was Smith’s mentor throughout college. Patterson taught science writing at the journalism school from 1966-88. She died in 2012.

Smith was raised in St. Louis and earned two degrees from the University of Missouri: a bachelor of journalism degree in 1967 and a master of arts degree 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, Oklahoma. Smith’s wife Gail received a bachelor of arts degree in education from MU in 1968.

About 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 the University of Missouri’s strengths in health care outreach, education and prevention. It provides support to researchers conducting pilot studies and developing proposals for further extramural funding.

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