Scholarships and Awards
Department of Communication Curator Scholarships are given to a select number of students who demonstrate both community involvement and active participation with student organizations through various extracurricular activities, have at least a 3.0 GPA, and have completed 12 hours of course work within the department by the end of the applying semester.
Applications are due in November and announcements are made in November of each year.
Department Outstanding Senior Awards
Each spring semester, we offer awards to outstanding seniors in the four areas of the department. The nominations for the awards come from the faculty and teaching staff, and the faculty selects the recipients of the awards. The criteria for the awards emphasize involvement with the undergraduate program through participation in coursework, research projects, and relevant student activities. The awards are given out at the Senior Reception on the day of graduation.
The Awards include:
The Outstanding Senior in Interpersonal Communication (The Mary-Jeanette Smythe Award)
The award is named after a professor emerita who taught in the department for her academic career. She loved teaching courses in nonverbal communication, gender, language and communication, and interpersonal communication.
The Outstanding Senior in Political Communication
The Outstanding Senior in Organizational Communication
The Outstanding Senior in Mass Media
The G. Joseph Wolfe Award, is given to an outstanding senior who has demonstrated both creative and technical abilities in all phases of media production and has provided noteworthy involvement with student production activities. The award is named after a retired faculty member who taught courses in television production, broadcast law, broadcast history, and film theory.
The Outstanding Senior in Department Service and Leadership (“The Loren Reid Award”) is given to the student who has demonstrated strong leadership skills through their participation in student activities for the department. The award is named after one of the founding fathers of the department and the discipline of speech communication. He loved teaching courses in Great Speakers, Persuasion Theory, and Public Address and Rhetoric.