University of Florida Ph.D. Student Wins 2017 Grunig PRIME Research Fellowship

Gainesville, Florida – Liudmila (Mila) Khalitova, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Florida, was recently named the 2017 Grunig PRIME Research Fellowship recipient. The Institute for Public Relations awards the Grunig PRIME Fellowship on an annual basis, sponsored by PRIME Research, to promote applied communications research as a career choice.

Sponsored by PRIME Research to honor the work of renowned public relations scholars James Grunig, Ph.D., and Larissa Grunig, Ph.D., the Grunig PRIME Research Fellowship awards a winning graduate student in the communications field with a work experience in public relations research where the winner collects, analyzes, and interprets data at the PRIME Research offices in Ann Arbor, MI. The Institute for Public Relations manages the Fellowship process.

“It is a great honor for me to become a recipient of the Grunig-PRIME Research Fellowship this year,” said Khalitova. “This accomplishment would have never happened without the help and infinite support of Dr. Spiro Kiousis, the faculty members and staff at the University of Florida, my colleagues Barbara Myslik and Daniel Pimentel, and my teachers at Voronezh State University in Russia. I am grateful to all of them for believing in me, and for everything they have done.”

Mark Weiner, CEO of PRIME Research said, “We are very excited to recognize Khalitova as our ninth Grunig PRIME Research Fellow.   The on-going success of the Fellowship reflects positively on the desire among public relations graduate students for practical experience in applied research.”

In addition to the $5,000 work stipend the winner receives, Ms. Khalitova will complete a research paper on her chosen topic of workplace emotions, emotional communication, and public relations. Once the paper is completed, it will be available to download on the IPR website and Ms. Khalitova will receive an additional $2,500. She will be recognized at the IPR Annual Distinguished Lecture & Awards Dinner in New York on November 29.

About PRIME Research

PRIME Research marries talent with technology to help communicators demonstrate and generate PR value and return-on-investment. The firm integrates, analyzes and evaluates media performance across all channels – social, digital, print and broadcast – to deliver actionable insights and strategic guidance for better communications and business results.

About The Institute for Public Relations

The Institute for Public Relations is an independent foundation dedicated to the science beneath the art of public relations™ and focused on research that is applicable in communications practice. Its research is available free at and provides the basis for the organization’s professional conferences and events.


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