Iris Scholars

The Iris Scholars program provides students with paid experience in health and science communication, while also increasing stakeholder and public understanding of HRCC-affiliated projects.

In this program, HRC Master’s students and advanced ComArtSci undergraduates work with HRCC-affiliated faculty to create interpretive materials that communicate research findings. The format and scope of these interpretive materials are tailored to the needs of the project and the skill sets of the students.

Projects have included promotional materials for the Center itself, publicity for the HRCC HP2 survey, interpretive materials for the HRCC-affiliated project on payment for ecological services in China, and educational social media posts for the HRCC Facebook and X pages.

Benefits to faculty/researchers of recruiting an Iris Scholar:

  • Fulfill publicity requirements of many grant proposals
  • Outsource creation of publicity materials to those with specific skill sets, such as graphic and/or web design, or public-friendly writing skills

Benefits to students for being an Iris Scholar:

  • Further build their health, risk, environment, and science communication skill sets
  • Gain experience in an academic research environment
  • Payment for their work


Email Ashley Wilson, at, to inquire more about the Iris Scholars and if you have any projects you would like to them to work on.