Health GIS Scholars Program
The Big Data Health Science Center’s Geospatial Core is pleased to announce the inaugural Health Geographic Information Science (GIS) Scholars Program. This program is being launched to recognize and support two outstanding undergraduate or graduate students who have demonstrated interest, potential, and/or experience in GIS and health research. GIS and health research is broadly defined, and includes, but is not limited to, using GIS to evaluate the social determinants of health, health behaviors, health outcomes, access to health care and social services, utilization of health services, environmental exposures, built environment, and other health-related factors through mapping and spatial analysis. The goals of this program are to:
Two student scholars will be awarded $2,500 each, which can be used toward professional development activities and expenses including resources and supplies for data collection and analysis, travel and registration at national or international conferences where research is presented on this topic, for professional workshops, or for other continuing education/training opportunities of importance to GIS and health research. Up to $2,000 can be requested for stipend and fringe for the applicant. These funds are not expected to take the place of resources available through existing graduate research or teaching assistantships, but are rather intended as supplements.
Scholars will be expected to engage in research and professional development activities with the Big Data Health Science Center during the award period as well as present preliminary findings at one or more research events/conferences (e.g., Big Data Health Science Center Seminar Series, Discover UofSC, and/or the James Clyburn Health Disparities Lecture) and will be strongly encouraged to submit the full findings from their study within a year. The award funds must be used within 9 months of receipt and all expenses must be pre-approved by the Director or Co-Director of the BDHSC Geospatial Core.
Student finalists will be selected based on a review of the following materials:
November 20, 2020 by 5 PM EST
Please direct any questions and submit your application to:
Whitney Zahnd, PhD
Research Assistant Professor, Rural & Minority Health Research Center
Co-Director, Big Data Health Science Center Geospatial Core