The Graduate Faculty of the School of Communication and Journalism recognizes outstanding graduate students with several awards: the Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award, the Outstanding Graduate Student Service Award, the Bert Bradley Award, and the Gayle K. Christopher Scholarship.
A call for nominations is sent out to the Graduate Faculty and the Basic Course Director by the Graduate Program Officer. The winners are chosen by the Graduate Awards Committee, a subcommittee of the School's Scholarships and Awards Committee. This subcommittee is chaired by the Graduate Program Officer. Nominations are reviewed by the committee and the winner is chosen by a majority vote of the committee members.
Award winners are recognized at the School's Spring Award ceremony. Each winner receives a certificate of recognition as well as a monetary award.
Description of Awards
The oldest and most prestigious of our graduate student awards, the Bert Bradley Award recognizes students who are outstanding in teaching, research and service. It is awarded to graduate students who have the best GPAs, have worked to present and publish their research, are excellent teachers, and provide service to the department. The Bert Bradley Award has been awarded since 1990.
The Gayle K. Christopher Scholarship is one of our newer graduate student awards. Beginning in 2003, this award is presented to a student with an excellent GPA who has established an interest in health and/or science communication. Winners typically plan to either work in a health or science field, or continue their graduate education in health or science communication.
The Graduate Student Service Award goes to graduate students who distinguish themselves by taking initiative and exceeding expectations in service to departmental faculty. These students often assist with conference planning, classes, film festivals or other departmental projects and initiatives. This award was established in 1992.
The Susan L. Brinson Teaching Assistant Award in honor of Susan L. Brinson, Professor Emeritus goes to the teaching assistant who exemplifies the very best in teaching from among our many great graduate teaching assistants. The award is based on student evaluations and faculty observations and has been awarded since 2017.
Current Award Winners
2017 Bert Bradley
2017 Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award
2017 Graduate Student Service Award
Previous Award Winners*
|Year||Bert Bradley Award||Susan L. Brinson Teaching Award||Graduate Student Service Award||Gayle K. Christopher Scholarship|
|2017||Devyn Mullis||Daniel Parks||Kesha James|
|2016||Courtney Edwards||Beth Hatcher||Katy Crider|
|2015||Candace Aikens||Ariel Crawford
|2014||Mille Harrison||Nick Van der Linden||Shaquille Marsh|
|2013||Melissa McNelis||Shannon Thompson||Millie Harrison|
|2012||Kari Wolf||Sarah Mathers||Kathryn Hall|
|2011||Brad Tillery||Nicole Staricek||Joni Richards|
|2010||Jeremy Padget||Joni Richards||Brad Tillery|
|2009||Doo Hun Choi
|Billy Ferris||Raven Everidge||Nicole Murray|
|Kelly Williams||Andrew Davis||Brittany DuBose|
|2007||rica Elliott||Mark Walters||Andrew Davis|
|Martha Isom||Nicole Cann||Martha Isom|
|2005||Laura Beth Daws
|Haijing Tu||Justin Lambert|
|2004||Danielle Williams||Silas Zee||Meredith Kincaid|
|2003||Jennifer McCullars||Danielle Williams||Jessica King|
|1995||Elizabeth Yarbrough||Stephanie Sargent|
|1994||Harold Hays Jr.||Michelle Kirtley|
*Awards may not be made every year. Prior to the 2017, the Susan L. Brinson Teaching Assistant Award was presented as the outstanding graduate student teaching award.
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Last Updated: May 31, 2017