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Communication & Journalism Department|Scholarships and Awards

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Senior Haley Orton and other students applaud for award winners at the 2016 COJO Dept. Honor's Day reception.

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COJO SCHOLARSHIPS


All declared Communication & Journalism majors with a minimum GPA of 2.5 are encouraged to apply.

ELIGIBILITY APPLICATION

Scholarship awards will be determined by consideration of need, grades, extracurricular and/or internship activities, quality of the essay and the specifications of each scholarship. To apply, go to https://uwyo.academicworks.com/.

IMPORTANT DATES

Scholarships will be awarded at the department reception April 27 at 2 p.m. The location will be announced later. Recipients should plan to attend the reception to receive their scholarship.

DEPARTMENT SCHOLARSHIPS

  • Arthur Buck Journalism Scholarship
  • Bernard Horton Family Memorial Scholarship in Journalism
  • Bonner Family Scholarship
  • Burger Scholarship
  • Clare Kazmerchak Sikora Scholarship
  • Elizabeth Thorpe Griffith Memorial Scholarship
  • Frank Norris Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • Hanway Scholarship
  • James M. Swan Journalism Scholarship Fund
  • McCraken Family Scholarship Fund
  • Pence Scholarship
  • Red Fenwick Memorial Journalism Scholarship
  • Roy Peck Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • Wallace R. Biggs Journalism Scholarship


SPECIALTY SCHOLARSHIPS

  • Carl & Dorothy Rott Scholarship- Non-traditional Journalism and Communication Students
  • Dreinhofer Award Outstanding Achievement in Student Publications
  • Johnston Public Relations Fund Conference travel for PR students
  • Larsh Bristol Memorial Photojournalism Project
  • Roberts Combs Warner Top Drawer Award in News Photography and Photojournalism
  • Ron Strube Memorial Fund Debate
  • William C. Donaghy Graduate Student Fund

Scholarships will be disbursed over two semesters in the school year unless specifically designated fall, spring or summer awards.

Scholarships are available to students participating in debate. Contact Travis Cram, Director of Forensics. 

DEPARTMENT AWARDS

Undergraduate Student Recognition for Excellence Award

Award: Undergraduate excellence award

 Criteria: Student must have at least 3.5 GPA. Students should be active and contribute to the department, discipline or profession, university, or at-large community utilizing his/her skills and abilities that represent communication and/or journalism expertise.

 Nomination &Selection: All faculty members will participate in the selection of the award recipient during the April faculty meeting. The person that nominates the individual selected will provide a brief description (maximum one-page single spaced) that will be used at the banquet awards ceremony.

 Honor: The award will be presented at the Honor’s Day Ceremony.

 Graduate Student Recognition for Excellence Award

Award: Graduate student excellence award

 Criteria: Student must have at least 3.75 GPA. Students should be active and contribute to the department, discipline or profession, university, or at-large community utilizing his/her skills and abilities that represent communication and/or journalism expertise.

 Nomination & Selection: All faculty members will participate in the selection of the award recipient during the April faculty meeting. The person that nominates the individual selected will provide a brief description (maximum one-page single spaced) that will be used at the banquet awards ceremony.

Honor: The award will be presented at the Honor’s Day Ceremony.

 Outstanding Undergraduate Student Service Award

Award: Outstanding service from an undergraduate student

 Criteria: Recognizes an undergraduate student who has made contributions to the department, discipline or profession, university, or at-large community utilizing his/her skills and abilities that represent communication and/or journalism expertise.

Nomination:    The nomination process can be completed by: (1) Student(s) (self-nomination or by other student(s)), (2) Faculty member(s), or (3) Community member(s). Nominations are to be emailed to the Student Interaction Committee Chair. Student(s), faculty member(s), or community member(s) must submit maximum one-page single-spaced service description as well as attach a resume.

Selection: A three-member committee will select the finalist from nominations. Committee membership includes: three Student Interaction Committee representatives.

Honor: The award will be presented at the Honor’s Day Ceremony.

 Outstanding Graduate Student Service Award

Award: Outstanding service from a graduate student

Criteria: Recognizes a graduate student who has made contributions to the department, discipline or profession, university, or at-large community utilizing his/her skills and abilities that represent communication and/or journalism expertise.

Nomination: The nomination process can be completed by: (1) Graduate Student(s) (self-nomination or by other student(s)), (2) Faculty member(s), or (3) Community member(s). Nominations are to be emailed to the Student Interaction Committee Chair. Student(s), faculty member(s), or community member(s) must submit maximum one-page single-spaced service description as well as attach a resume.

Selection: A three-member committee will select the finalist from nominations. Committee membership includes: three Student Interaction Committee representatives.

Honor: The award will be presented at the Honor’s Day Ceremony.

Outstanding Undergraduate Student Research Award

Award: Recognizes outstanding undergraduate student research

Criteria: Undergraduate student who investigates an important subject relevant to Communication or Journalism during the previous calendar year.

Research should demonstrate a strong theoretical rationale, utilize systematic methodological choices, offer correct interpretations of results/findings, and provide a thorough discussion of theoretical and practical implications. Ideally, the research will be or has been submitted (and accepted) to a conference for presentation. Alternatively, a student may also be eligible for nomination if s/he assisted faculty member(s) in data collection, analysis, and/or writing a manuscript.

Nomination: The nomination process can be completed by: (1) Student (self-nomination) or (2) Faculty member(s). Nominations are to be emailed to the Student Interaction Committee Chair. Students and Faculty member(s) must submit maximum one-page single-spaced research description as well as attach the research manuscript.

Selection: A three-member committee will select the finalist from nominations. Committee membership includes: two faculty members and Student Interaction Committee representative.

 Honor: The award will be presented at the Honor’s Day Ceremony.

Outstanding Graduate Student Research Award

Award:  Recognizes outstanding graduate student research

Criteria:  Graduate student who investigates an important subject relevant to Communication or Journalism during the previous calendar year.

Research should demonstrate a strong theoretical rationale, utilize systematic methodological choices, offer correct interpretations of results/findings, and provide a thorough discussion of theoretical and practical implications. Ideally, the research will be or has been submitted (and accepted) to a conference for presentation. This research award excludes Thesis or Plan B projects from consideration (e.g., no duplication for award submission or recognition). Alternatively, a student may also be eligible for nomination if s/he assisted faculty member(s) in data collection, analysis, and/or writing a manuscript.

Nomination: The nomination process can be completed by: (1) Graduate Student (self-nomination) or (2) Faculty member(s). Nominations are to be emailed to the Student Interaction Committee Chair. Students and Faculty member(s) must submit maximum one-page single-spaced research description as well as attach the research manuscript.

Selection: A three-member committee will select the finalist from nominations. Committee membership includes: Graduate Director, one faculty member, and Student Interaction Committee representative.

Honor: The award will be presented at the Honor’s Day Ceremony.

Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award

Award:  Awarded to an Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant

Criteria: This award is to the Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) who exemplifies excellent teaching skills and outstanding mentorship to his/her peer teaching assistants. He/she must have taught during the previous calendar year (e.g., summer, fall, or spring semesters). This award is usually awarded to second-year graduate assistants (although first-year graduate students are eligible).

Nomination: Graduate Assistants or Faculty members can nominate graduate students by emailing one of the three Graduate Teaching Supervisors. Nominators must submit an explanation that best describes the graduate teaching assistant’s contributions (maximum one-page single spaced).

Selection: As part of the nomination process, graduate students will initially vote for who they think is deserving of the award. The committee consisting of the Graduate Teaching Supervisors will consider both peer and faculty input as they select the finalist from the nominations. Thereby, the selection includes both peer and faculty input.

Honor: The award will be presented at the Honor’s Day Ceremony.

Outstanding Thesis Award

Award: Given to the Graduate Student with Outstanding Thesis

Criteria: All graduate students who have defended their Thesis during the preceding school year will be eligible. A student must have successfully defended his/her thesis before the deadline of award nomination to be eligible.

Nomination: Thesis chairs and/or committee members can nominate graduate students by emailing the Student Interaction Committee Chair. Faculty members must submit an explanation (maximum one-page single spaced) providing the rationale that qualifies the graduate student for this award

Selection: A three-member committee will select the finalist from nominations. Committee membership includes: Graduate Director, Graduate Committee representative, and Student Interaction Committee representative. If this committee selects a nominee that has not yet defended prior to the Honor’s Day Ceremony, then the nomination will be awarded to the selection ranked next highest. Thereby, it is recommended that the committee generate two nominees: (1) award recipient and (2) alternate.

Honor: The award will be presented at the Honor’s Day Ceremony. This award may include a cash award.

Outstanding Plan B Project Award

Award: Given to the Graduate Student with Outstanding Plan B

Criteria: All graduate students who have defended their Plan B project in the preceding school year will be eligible. A student must have successfully defended his/her Plan B Project before the deadline of award nomination to be eligible.

Nomination: Plan B chairs and/or committee members can nominate graduate students by emailing the Student Interaction Committee Chair. Faculty members must submit a project abstract and an explanation (maximum one-page single spaced) providing the rationale that qualifies the graduate student for this award.

Selection: A three-member committee will select the finalist from nominations. Committee membership includes: Graduate Director, Graduate Committee representative, and Student Interaction Committee representative. If this committee selects a nominee that has not yet defended prior to the Honor’s Day Banquet, then the nomination will be awarded to the selection ranked next highest. Thereby, it is recommended that this committee generate two nominees: (1) award recipient and (2) alternate.

Honor: The award will be presented at the Honor’s Day Ceremony. This award may include a cash award.

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