Science and Health Communication Research Group Members Mentor Magellan Scholar, Leads to First Place at USC’s Discovery Day Conference
SHCRG members Dr. Daniela Friedman, Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior, and Dr. Andrea Tanner, School of Journalism and Mass Communications, collaborated as mentors to USC’s Discovery Day first-place winner Eleasa Van Slooten, sophomore Honors College student in the School of Public Health.
Van Slooten’s interest in health communication research for USC’s Magellan Scholars Program led to her participation in Discovery Day, an annual event for USC undergraduates that showcases students’ scholarly pursuits in and out of the classroom. Van Slooten’s research focused on consumers’ perceptions about online health and medical news. Her poster presentation won first place in the social sciences category.
Friedman was Van Slooten’s primary mentor.
“Andrea and I have been so impressed with Eleasa’s research skills,” said Friedman. “She has used an interdisciplinary and mixed methods health communication approach to assess health news with consumers. Her focus on health content found on local TV news websites is really innovative. She is currently writing up results for publication.”
To apply to be a presenter for Discovery Day, students are invited submit a USC faculty- or staff-reviewed project abstract or summary. To learn more about this event, click here.