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ComArtSci Health and Risk Communication Center Iris Scholars Fund

IRIS Scholars at the Health Risk and Communication programThere is clear evidence that miscommunication and misinformation have an impact on health and the quality of life. There is also evidence that health education through interpersonal, group and mass media communication has a positive impact on health. Created over 20 years ago, the Health and Risk Communication Center grew out of a recognition of the significance of communication in the health of the world’s people both in the delivery of health care and the promotion of health.

Support a Current HRCC Master’s Student

"I've always been passionate about using my creative skills to better our community, and as an Iris Scholar, I was able to use my design skills to turn important health research into engaging visual content for the public. I felt like every project had a purpose, and the experience enabled me to learn more about health and science communication as well as data visualization. As a busy college student who was balancing another internship and extra-curriculars on top of my classes, the fact that the program offered a flexible, paid position was perfect too. I know I will carry the knowledge and skills that I developed as an Iris Scholar with me throughout the rest of my career."

- Testimonial from current Iris Scholar, Lyla Luoto

The Iris Scholars program provides students with paid experience in health and science communication, while also increasing stakeholder and public understanding of HRCC-affiliated projects. In this program, HRCC Master’s students and advanced ComArtSci undergraduates work with HRCC-affiliated faculty to create interpretive materials that communicate research findings. The format and scope of these interpretive materials are tailored to the needs of the project and the skill sets of the students.

Helping Students Grow

Iris scholars hard at workSo much research is done at universities like MSU that never gets into the hands of people who need it.  The Health and Risk Communication Center’s Iris Scholars program is moving research into practical solution while helping students build their portfolio and skill set.

 The Iris Scholars program, which pairs digitally talented students with faculty researchers, allows students to gain experience in research and innovation, build their health, risk, environment, and science communication skill sets and prepare them for careers after graduation. It also helps faculty by moving the outcomes of their work into the hands of people who can use it.

 Our Iris Scholars have gone on to amazing careers in the private and public sectors. We would love to grow the program –but are only able to financially support a small number of students each year from faculty grants. That is why we need your investment. With the current global pandemic, it is even more essential for students to gain experience in communicating accurate, science-based information. Support an Iris Scholar today and change a student’s life.  

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