Student Funding

Surgeon General C. Everett Koop HIV/AIDS Research Grant

To honor the legacy of C. Everett Koop, M.D., former U.S. Surgeon General, RCAP established an endowed research grant that will support doctoral student research related to HIV/AIDS prevention.  This grant was announced on the eve of Dr. Koop’s 95th birthday, October 14, 2011. Beginning in the 2012-2013 academic year this grant will be awarded annually by RCAP on  a competitive basis to help support research of doctoral students nationally.  Koop was the federal government’s chief spokesperson regarding AIDS while serving as U.S. Surgeon General in the 1980s.  He was the recipient of the 2010 Ryan White Distinguished Leadership Award in 2010.

2013 Koop Grant Recipient

Krystal S. Frieson

kFriesonKrystal S. Frieson is a doctoral student in Counseling Psychology and a master’s student in Public Health at the University of Kentucky.  Her professional, clinical, and research interests involve combining counseling psychology with public health science to create a version of health psychology that addresses the overall health and well being of individuals, groups, communities, and entire populations.  Additionally, Krystal has a specialty focus in the psychological, physical, and sexual health issues of oppressed, marginalized, and underserved populations along with an emphasis in health behavior and HIV/AIDS/STD treatment, education, and prevention.  Her current study focuses on the effectiveness of a computer-based HIV prevention program in decreasing HIV-related risks for rural African American women.

STUDY TITLE: Saving Our Sisters: Effects of a Computer-based Version of SISTA on the HIV-related Risk Behaviors of African American Women

2012 Koop Grant Recipients

Junhan Cho

jChoJunhan Cho is a doctoral student in the department of Human Development and Family Science at the University of Georgia working under Dr. Steven Kogan. His research interests include the association of social contextual factors with sexual risk behavior among African American adolescents. His studies focus on psychosocial models that specify how contextual factors influence adolescents’ risky behavior and on protective mechanisms including family-centered prevention. Prior to entering the Ph.D. program, he earned a Master of Arts degree in Child and Family Studies at Yonsei University in South Korea.

STUDY TITLE:  The influences of adverse rural environments on African American adolescents’ sexual risk behavior.

Lauren Brinkley-Rubinstein

brinkley-rubinsteinLauren Brinkley-Rubinstein is a third year PhD student in the Community Research and Action program at Peabody college at Vanderbilt University.  Lauren’s primary research interests include investigating the social context of health, health equity and health policy specifically related to HIV.  She has an educational background in sociology and social policy and practical research experience and specific training in public health research methodology. Lauren also has a research interest in exploring the impact of setting level determinants and community contexts (e.g. urban vs. rural) on individual health.

STUDY TITLE:  Understanding the role of rural religious organizations in HIV prevention and intervention.

Doug Kirby Sexual Health Research Grant

To honor, Dr. Douglas Kirby, an internationally renowned authority on adolescent sexual health through his research on the impact of school and community-based programs designed to reduce sexual risk behavior among youth, RCAP established the Doug Kirby Adolescent Sexual Health Research Grant. This grant is designed to support doctoral student research related to sexual health of adolescents and young adults. As an endowed grant, these grants will be awarded annually for in-perpituity, beginning in the 2014-2015 school year, to encourage and support research by emerging investigators from a wide range of disciplines. Dr. Kirby was a senior research scientist at ETR Associates in Scotts Valley, California, when he died suddenly on December 22, 2012, at age 69 while mountain climbing in Ecuador. Dr. Kirby authored over 100 scientific articles, chapters and monographs, including the widely praised Emerging Answers 2007: Research Findings on Programs to Reduce Teen Pregnancy and Sexually Transmitted Diseases. With colleagues from ETR Associates, Doug also authored Promoting Sexual Health: A Curriculum to Reduce Unintended Pregnancy, Prevent Sexually Transmitted Infection, and Improve Sexual Experience (2011) and Reducing Adolescent Sexual Risk: A Theoretical Guide for Developing and Adapting Curriculum-Based Programs (2011). With other contributors Dr. Kirby authored International Technical Guidance on Sexuality Education: An Evidence-based Approach for Schools, Teachers and Health Educators. Volume 1: The Rationale for Sexuality Education (UNESCO, UNAIDS, UNFPA, UNICEF, WHO, 2009), which is now available English, Arabic, Chinese, French, Portuguese, Spanish, and Russian languages.

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Application for 2014-2015 Award Deadline 11/03/2014>>

Ryan White Legacy Scholarship

RCAP and the IU School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation has created the Ryan White Legacy Scholarship in the honor of the 20th anniversary of the death of Ryan White, a rural Indiana teenager who died of AIDS, April 8, 1990. Income from these gifts will be used to support graduate scholarships to students pursuing a Master of Public Health degree at Indiana University-Bloomington, in the School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation, with preference to students studying AIDS/STD prevention or sexual health.

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2012 White Scholarship Recipient

Christiana von Hippel

vonHippelChristiana von Hippel is a second year MPH student in Behavioral, Social and Community Health at Indiana University. Her aim with all her contributions as a student and professional is to help advance sexual health communication and public health practice in the United States. She comes to IU with a BA in Psychology and the Study of Women & Gender from Smith College where she helped develop the college’s first course on women’s sexuality and launched the first research-based campaign for student sexual health and pleasure on campus entitled “Sexual Smithies, Pleasure is Power.” As a current MPH student and future doctoral student she will continue to pursue research on sexual health communication and pleasure with a focus on teens just beginning their education in sexual health as well as among senior women with a wizened perspective on sexual health across the life course to bridge the gap between scholarship and practice of sexual health promotion yet unaddressed in these communities. 

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