Iles Receives Prestigious Fellowships

Ph.D. student Irina Iles has received two prestigious fellowships.

Iles was one of sixteen graduate students from across the University of Maryland to receive the 2016 All-S.T.A.R. fellowship. Approximately 4,000 UMD graduate students serve as teaching, administrative, or research assistants. The Graduate All-S.T.A.R. Fellowships are intended to honor graduate students who are both outstanding scholars and outstanding graduate assistants. In recognizing Iles, the College and the University noted that  "She uses quantitative research methods to explore the interplay between message properties, cognition, and emotion with the goal of promoting attitude and behavior change. Irina is also interested in potential byproducts or unintended consequences that persuasive health messages may have at the individual and societal level. Her research has been published or is forthcoming in outlets such as Health Communication, Journal of Health Psychology, American Journal of Health Behavior, and elsewhere. She has earned top paper awards in health communication at the National Communication Association, International Communication Association, and Eastern Communication Association conferences. Irina has worked on several grant-funded projects and has been an Intern with the Food and Drug Administration for two summer terms.

Iles has also received the Health Communications Research Project Fellowship under the ORISE Research Participation Program, Food and Drug Administration, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Usually reserved for advanced scholars, this fellowship is a singular honor for a graduate student.

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