Communication Studies

Alex Wilson

CMST MA Student

The Western States Communication Association held its 92nd Annual Convention this past weekend in Portland, OR.  Alex Wilson, CMST MA Student won three awards at the conference.

Alex attended the conference knowing they would be presenting their paper entitled "Cracking Health Communication's Egg: Transgender Health Communication”on the Health Communication Interest Group’s Top Paper Panel. In addition to presenting alongside distinguished, tenured, and published scholars, the Health Communication division further recognized Alex’s work with the following accolades:

Top Student Paper Award

Top Debut Paper Award

Additionally, at the culminating WSCA Awards Luncheon, Alex learned (for the first time!) that their project had also won:

The WSCA Executives Club Debut Award

This lattermost award is particularly noteworthy. Each of the 15 WSCA Interest Groups submit their top debut paper for blind peer review by members of the WSCA’s Executive Club who select an overall top submission. Alex’s submission was ranked first by each of the 9 independent reviewers, a detail that was shared with us (off the record after the ceremony) for its rare and notable occurrence.

Alex’s research, travel, and mentorship are supported by the Faculty-Mentored HEERF Award from the Faculty-Mentored Research & Creative Activities Program funded by the Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF) Program. The paper Alex presented at WSCA is a piece of their larger Master’s thesis project that is currently underway.

Portrait of Alex Wilson