Science and Health Communication Research Group Student Member Named 2013 USC Distinguished Graduate Scholar
Shaun Owens, a doctoral student in Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior and a Science and Health Communication Research Group (SHCRG) student member, was named a 2013 USC Distinguished Graduate Scholar. Owens' primary research interest is in health communication.
Owens will be featured in the Breakthrough Stars publication released this spring and will attend an awards luncheon in March. His research focuses on the community-driven development of a computer-based aid to help facilitate informed decision making about prostate cancer screening among African-American men in faith communities. Owens has been awarded two small grants from the SHCRG to complete interdisciplinary research in the field.
“By recognizing the tremendous growth in access to interactive communication technologies across diverse populations and leveraging these technologies for cancer communications, we could potentially increase the participation in informed decision making about prostate cancer screening among African-American men, men who are at risk of the most aggressive prostate cancer in the world,” Owens said.
Distinguished Graduate Scholars are students who have demonstrated research and scholarly excellence by successfully achieving research fellowships or awards, presenting at national conferences or publishing papers or book chapters. The 13 awardees for 2013 include students from a wide variety of disciplines, who show outstanding commitment to their fields through research and scholarly activity.
Owens was nominated by Dr. Daniela Friedman, his faculty advisor and dissertation chair, and Dr. Heather Brandt, dissertation committee member and mentor, both of whom are members of the SHCRG. He was then selected for the university-wide honor by a panel of senior faculty, the Graduate School and the Office of the Vice President for Research.