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Communication Studies

CMST Program Awards

CMST Undergraduate Student (BA) Awards

Outstanding CMST Student Award

The objective of this award is to recognize the student in the CMST major who has achieved important accomplishments in a variety of areas. Such areas of achievement might include: significant academic achievement, substantial contributions to the department, university, and/or community, as well as maintaining other personal commitments (such as a job, family, etc.). The award should go to the most outstanding CMST student of those graduating, in terms of their collective accomplishments during their time as a major in our program and a student at the University. Therefore, the criteria to be weighed when selecting this award recipient could include any/all of the following:

  • Cumulative academic work (cum GPA)
  • Achievements within a course or courses
  • Department involvement/service, both type and duration
  • University involvement/service, both type and duration
  • Community involvement/service, both type and duration
  • Work history, both type and duration
  • Other personal commitments

Outstanding Student Option Awards: Communication and Public Affairs & Organizational Communication

The objective of these awards is to recognize the student who best represents his or her specific option. The primary criterion for this award is academic excellence in the option. The recipients of these awards should have substantial achievements in their major academic work (as opposed to all of their academic work) and any other related option activity deemed noteworthy. The criteria to be weighed when selecting the award recipients could include any/all of the following:

  • Cumulative option/major academic work (major GPA).
  • Performance in several classes central to the option.

Civic Engagement Award

This award recognizes CMST students who took initiative in or contributed to creating interest and/or spreading awareness of issues related to civic engagement. The recipient should be nominated by faculty based on the following criterion from the board:

Excellence in promoting civic engagement on campus and/or the community.

CMST Undergraduate Student Award recipients receive a medallion to wear at graduation and a certificate with the Chair, Dean, and President’s signature and are awarded in the classroom among their peers.

Christian Wilson
Christian Wilson
  • Outstanding CMST Undergraduate Student
  • Outstanding CMST Civic Engagement and Leadership Award
  • Honors in General Education

Over the past couple of years, Christian's skills in research, argument construction, and delivery have brought numerous awards, including many regional awards in speech and debate, qualification for a national tournament and a top award for undergraduate research at the WSCA convention.  I have personally heard from other instructors how much they enjoy Christian’s intellectual curiosity and dedication to learning.  Christian is a wonderful addition to any college classroom as an engaged and responsible, but also personable and supportive student.

Reilly Iwakiri
Reilly Iwakiri
  • Outstanding Organizational Communication Undergraduate

Reilly is outstanding academically overall. She was a keen classroom participant whose insightful and constructive contributions in the classroom made it a better place for other students.

Laura Schroerlucke
Laura Schroerlucke
  • Outstanding Communication and Public Affairs Undergraduate Student

Laura was an outstanding student and an asset in every classroom. An outstanding writer, thinker, and a friend to her classmates, Laura represents some of the best Communication Studies has to offer.

CMST Graduate Student (MA) Awards

Outstanding CMST Graduate Student

  • GPA (Program)
  • Teaching performance/graduate assistant performance/other relevant university activities or involvement
  • Contributions to the department/university
  • Peer/faculty relationships

Outstanding Thesis/Project

  • Rigor of the project/thesis (e.g., extensiveness of method, developmental requirements)
  • Contribution to the discipline

Outstanding Teaching Associate

  • Teaching evaluations (documented)
  • Faculty evaluations
  • Other relevant supporting information re: teaching
  • Length of time teaching
  • Difficulty/types/variety of classes taught GPA

CMST Graduate Student Award recipients receive a medallion to wear at graduation and a certificate with the Chair, Dean, and President’s signature and are awarded in the classroom among their peers.

Tyler Reilly
Tyler Reilly
  • Outstanding CMST Graduate Student
  • Communication Studies Thesis Award

Tyler’s thesis on queer male representation in Academy Award nominated films provides tremendous insight into what we find acceptable and valuable in representations of sexuality. His thesis teases out the art-life dynamic in a theoretically rigorous and well-written project.
Tyler was an outstanding graduate student in every regard. He made substantial contributions to the classroom and engaged with the material and his classmates at every opportunity. Our classrooms were richer spaces when Tyler was a part of them. We are thrilled he is pursuing a PhD at UMASS Amherst!

Melanie Funk
Melanie Funk
  • Outstanding CMST Teaching Associate

During their time with the CMST131 program, Jeannine and Melanie have stood out as innovative, dedicated, and resilient leaders. Together, their accomplishments illustrate how and why collaboration matters to higher education at both the individual and collective levels.

Jeannine Worley
Jeannine Worley
  • Outstanding CMST Teaching Associate

During their time with the CMST131 program, Jeannine and Melanie have stood out as innovative, dedicated, and resilient leaders. Together, their accomplishments illustrate how and why collaboration matters to higher education at both the individual and collective levels.