Graduate Awards

The Charles Richardson Award (named for the founding chair of the Department of Public Speaking at the University of Maryland-served from 1901 to 1940).

Presented to the most outstanding Ph.D. student in the department. Nomination for the award is made by the student's advisor and/or any member of the graduate faculty. Self nominations are welcome and encouraged, but students self-nominating should discuss the nomination with their advisor and secure the necessary letter of support. Nominees must submit a current CV. A letter of support should be received from the student's advisor and/or another member of the graduate faculty. Any Ph.D. student in good standing in the department is eligible for the Richardson Award. Students cannot be nominated for this award and the Raymond Ehrensberger Award during the same award period.

2005 Qi Wang
2006 Lisa Corrigan
2007 Belinda Stillion Southard
2008 Bjørn Stillion Southard
2009 Brian G. Smith
2010 Timothy Barney
2011 Lucinda L. Austin
2012 Abbey Blake Levenshus
2013 Rowena Briones
2014 Kelly Madden Daily
2015 Julia Daisy Fraustino
Michael Steudeman
2016 Irina Iles
Stephanie Madden

The Raymond Ehrensberger Award (named for the second chair of the Department of Speech at the University of Maryland-served from 1940 to 1953).

Presented to the most outstanding student in the department currently in the first two years of graduate study beyond the Bachelor's degree. Nomination for the award is made by the student's advisor and/or any member of the graduate faculty. Self nominations are welcome and encouraged, but students self-nominating should discuss the nomination with their advisor and secure the necessary letter of support. Nominees must submit a current CV. A letter of support should be received from the student's advisor and/or another member of the graduate faculty. A nominee must be in good standing and students cannot be nominated for this award and the Charles Richardson Award during the same award period.

2005 Stephanie Materese
2006 Ben Krueger
2007 Timothy Barney
2008 Terri Donofrio
2009 Elizabeth Gardner
2010 Rowena Briones
2011 Jade Olson
2012 Abigail Seiler
2013 No award given
2014 Stephanie Madden
2015 Zexin Ma
2016 Lauren Hunter

Department of Communication Outstanding Teaching Awards

Outstanding Teaching Awards are given to no more than five graduate students who are in good standing in the department. Recipients may be either Ph.D. or M.A. students. Nominations for the Outstanding Teaching Awards may be made by the nominee's advisor, course supervisor, or any member of the faculty, and/or current or former students of the nominee. Self nominations are welcome and encouraged, but students self-nominating should discuss the nomination with their advisor, or their course supervisor, who will provide a letter of support. Nominations should be accompanied by a letter of support providing the reasons the student should receive the award. A nominee must be in good standing and nominees must submit a current CV and a teaching portfolio.

2005 Tiffany Derville, Erica Lamm, & Tiffany Thompson
2006 Timothy Barney, Kelly Carr, Abbe Depretis, & Ric Winston
2007 Terri Donofrio & Xiaoying Xie
2008 Heather Adams, Ioana Cionea, & Sejal Patel
2009 Lucinda Austin, Rowena Briones, & Ben Krueger
2010 Yoav Magid, Katie Place, Alyssa Samek
2011 Steven Cohen, Abbe Depretis, Sejal Patel, & Artesha Taylor
2012 Sean Luechtefeld, Kelly Madden, Jade Olson, & Adam Richards
2013 Melissa Janoske, Michael Steudeman
2014 Jessica Lu, Thomas McCloskey, Annie Laurie Nichols, Yvonne Slosarski, & Michael Steudeman
2015 Jaclyn Bruner, Lauren Harris, Irina Iles, Stephanie Madden, & Devin Scott
2016 Rebecca Alt, Brooke Fowler, Lauren Hunter, Liang Ma, Timothy Penn

Department of Communication Outstanding Research Paper Award

The Outstanding Research Paper Award is given to the best nominated essay. Papers nominated for this award should have been presented at a professional conference or symposium or accepted for publication in an academic journal in the calendar year preceding the granting of the award. Self-nominated papers are welcomed and encouraged, but students should discuss nomination with a faculty member.  Applications should include a copy of the paper plus a letter of nomination/support from a faculty member in the department.  Any Ph.D. student in good standing in the department is eligible for this award. The recipient of this award shall receive a certificate and the Department's student membership in the National Communication Association.

2005 Belinda Stillion Southard
2006 Tiffany Thompson
2007 Jennifer Vardeman
2008 Timothy Barney
2009 Timothy Barney
2010 Stephen Underhill
2011 Terri Donofrio & Alyssa Samek
2012 Tiffany Lewis
2013 Michael Steudeman
2014 Michael Steudeman
2015 Thomas McCloskey
2016 Michael Steudeman

Department of Communication Outstanding Service Awards

Outstanding Service Awards are given to no more than three graduate students who are in good standing in the department and who have made substantial contribution to the welfare of the department or its graduate program through their service activities beyond assistantship assignments. Nominations for the Outstanding Service Awards may be made by the nominee's advisor, or any member of the department.  Self nominations are welcome and encouraged, but students self-nominating should discuss the nomination with their advisor or other member of the faculty who will provide a letter of support. Nominations should be accompanied by a nominating letter outlining the student’s contributions to the department and/or graduate program.  Nominees must be in good standing and submit a current CV.

2009 Terri Donofrio
2010 Timothy Barney, Ioana Cionea, Terri Donofrio
2011 Elizabeth Gardner
2012 Sean Luechtefeld
2013 Jade Olson
2014 Melissa Janoske
2015 Irina Iles
2016 Yvonne Slosarski

All award nominations must be submitted to the Faculty Advisory Committee by the second Friday in April. The FAC will select the recipients of the graduate student awards.