Gregory Scholars Program

The Gregory Scholars Program offers University of Missouri undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to work on strategic communication research for positive social change that will improve the lives of people in Missouri and beyond.

Students in the Gregory Scholars Program work alongside internationally recognized advertising scholar and Gregory Chair Shelly Rodgers, PhD, and a team of doctoral students on research projects with the goal of empowering individuals and communities and improving industry practices.

Our scholars shared their research at the FirstGen Research Mixer and Mocktails event at Stotler Lounge on Nov. 9, 2023.

What Are the Benefits?

Each Gregory Scholar will have the opportunity to work in teams on a variety of research projects that touch the lives of real people. The Gregory team is committed to advancing the field of strategic communication and does research in the areas of health, science, technology, advertising, and more.

See examples of the work we do.

Through this work, Gregory Scholars will build valuable research, presentation, and critical thinking skills that not only look good on their resumes but are necessary for a variety of career paths.

Each Gregory Scholar receives a scholarship and has opportunities for professional development in addition to research.

Eligibility Requirements

  • The Gregory Scholars Program is open to freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors, and master’s students enrolled full-time at the University of Missouri’s Columbia campus.
  • No prior research experience is needed.
  • First-generation students and students from underrepresented and underserved populations are encouraged to apply, and those who intend to focus their career on underserved populations.

How to Apply

If you are interested in being a Gregory Scholar, please fill out the application form linked below. Applications will be accepted through Feb 2, 2024. If you have questions, please email