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Grant writing for graduate students: Strategies for meaningful experience

Monday, November 4, 2013

Yulia Strekalova, PhD, MBA, College of Journalism and Communications, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Background. Grant writing is an valuable skill that can prepare graduate students for future professional activities. For public health students, opportunities can include supervised outreach projects and educational program grants as well as independent fellowships and dissertation proposals. Purpose. This paper reviews existing evidence of incorporating grant writing into training of future public health professionals, identifies ways to assess feasibility of potential projects for students' involvement and identifies opportunities for meaningful involvement of students in grant writing. Method. A structures literature review was performed using major educational and health promotion literature databases (MedLine, PhychINFO, ERIC, SocLit), supplemented by reference mining. Results. Proposed theoretical framework is based on Experiential Learning Theory and Devin's sensemaking/cognitive gap model. Discussion. The paper discusses future research questions and provides practical recommendations for academic program managers evaluating feasibility and place of graduate grant writing activities in public health educational programs.

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related education
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Identify funding opportunities for public health research and outreach projects Assess feasibility of proposal opportunities Define steps needed for proposal drafting and submission

Keyword(s): Students, Outreach Programs

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a doctoral student in Science/Health Communication. I hold a BA/MA degree in Mass Communication and an MBA. I also work with 120 faculty in the Department of Pediatrics assisting them in grant writing and project management. I have presented at national meetings on research administration and coordinate a funded health communication grant where I am a co-investigator. My research interests are health empowerment, health literacy, information behaviors, media effects and visual communication.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.