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Award Winners

Every year, the Department of Communication Arts & Sciences honors graduate students who have distinguished themselves through their teaching and research.  These awards are named for two former faculty members, and we honor their contributions to our department as we celebrate current students’ achievements and potential. 

Penn State Alumni Association Dissertation Award 

David Maxson 2017-2018

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Dissertation Research Award
Research and Graduate Studies Office, College of the Liberal Arts

Xixi Tian 2018-2019
Kellie Brisini, Ph.D. 2017-2018

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Superior Teaching and Research (STAR) Award College of the Liberal Arts

John Rountree 2018-2019
Kellie Brisini, Ph. D. 2017-2018

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The Carroll C. Arnold Award for Excellence in Research by a Graduate Student

The Carroll C. Arnold Award for Excellence in Research by a Graduate Student annually recognizes and honors outstanding achievement in the form of significant scholarship by a graduate student in Communication Arts & Sciences.  This award is conferred based on a competitive review of individuals nominated by a qualified member of the faculty.  Selection of the award recipient is informed by the nominee’s curriculum vitae and evidence of excellence in research. Past recipients include:

John Rountree 2018-2019
Xixi Tian 2018-2019
Kellie Brisini 2017-2018
Jeremy Johnson 2017-2018
Cory Geraths 2016-2017
Xun Zhu 2016-2017
Robert Richards 2015-2016
Anne Kretsinger-Harries 2014-2015
Craig Rood 2013-2014
Yu Lu      2013-2014
Holly Gates 2012-2013
Hye Jeong Choi 2012-2013
Sarah Kornfield 2011-2012
Kurt Braddock 2011-2012
Jonathan Pettigrew 2010-2011
Mark Hlavacik 2009-2010
Sara Mehltretter 2008-2009
Jennifer Kam 2008-2009

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The Kathryn DeBoer Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Graduate Student

The Kathryn DeBoer Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Graduate Student annually recognizes and honors outstanding achievement in teaching by a graduate student in Communication Arts & Sciences.  This award is conferred based on a competitive review of individuals nominated by a qualified member of the faculty.  Selection of the award recipient is informed by the nominee’s curriculum vitae, teaching portfolio, and evidence of excellence in teaching. Past recipients include:

Caroline Koons  2018-2019
Allison Niebauer 2017-2018
Kellie Brisini 2016-2017
Lauren Camacci 2016-2017
Cory Geraths 2015-2016
Brad Serber 2014-2015
John Minbiole 2013-2014
Mark Hlavacik 2012-2013
Bonnie Sierlecki 2011-2012
Andrew High 2010-2011
Una Kimokeo-Goes 2009-2010
Mary Haman 2008-2009

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Denise Haunani Solomon Liberal Arts Outstanding Teaching Award for Graduate Students (College of the Liberal Arts)

The Denise Haunani Solomon Liberal Arts Outstanding Teaching Award recognizes students whose accomplishments in the classroom have been deemed exceptional and who have thus made a significant contribution to the education of graduate students. The award is named for CAS faculty member Denise Solomon, in recognition of her commitment to excellence in graduate student teaching during her term as Associate Dean in the College of the Liberal Arts.

Craig Rood 2015
Bonnie Sierlecki 2012
Andrew High 2011

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Harold F. Martin Graduate Assistant Outstanding Teaching Award (Penn State University)

The Harold F. Martin Award recognizes outstanding achievement by a graduate student in teaching.

Benjamin Firgens 2018-2019
Anne Kretsinger-Harries 2014
Lindsey Aloia 2013
Sandra French 2004
Wendy L. Felato 2003
Paula Golombek 1992

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External Funding Incentive Award, Research and Graduate Studies Office, College of the Liberal Arts

Adam Cody 2018-2019

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Pre-doctoral Fellowship, Center for Humanities and Information

Adam Cody 2018-2019

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Donald P. Cushman Memorial Award, NCA

Benjamin Firgens 2018

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Outstanding Dissertation Award, Interpersonal Communication Division, ICA

Kellie St. Cyr Brisini 2019

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