Graduate Awards

McNair Scholar Graduate Scholarship

The Graduate School is proud to announce it is now accepting applications from students for the 2014-2015 McNair Scholar Graduate Scholarship awards. The McNair Graduate Scholarship Program provides tuition and certain fees to McNair undergraduate scholars, who are qualified U.S. citizens or permanent residents and have applied to begin their first year of study in a master’s or doctoral program at the University of Cincinnati in Fall Semester 2014. Please see the McNair Scholars Grad Program Description document for details on the structure and criteria of the award program.

Completed applications submitted by qualified students are due Thursday, January 2, 2014, by 5 p.m. to Megan Tischner ( Recipients of the scholarship will be announced January 27. If you have questions, please contact via email or call 513-556-2379.

Application Process:

1. Students will have completed an application to a UC graduate program as a first-year, full-time student for Fall Semester 2014 (taking a minimum of 12 graduate credits). Students must have a letter from their McNair Director confirming completion of the McNair program at the student’s undergraduate institution on official school letterhead.

2. The application packet will only be accepted electronically. All documents will be scanned as one single PDF in the order in which they are listed on the Nomination Coverlist/Checklist. The coversheet/checklist will be the first page. All information is required in the order it appears on the coversheet/checklist.

3. Students will submit the completed electronic application as an email attachment (the file may need to be zipped) to Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

4. Recipients will be selected by a faculty committee appointed by the Associate Dean and the Dean of the Graduate School.

5. Programs will be notified of selections. If a student that applied to their program is selected for a McNair Scholars Graduate award and the program agrees to the terms and accepts the student, the program will need to work with the Graduate School on constructing the award offer letter. The Graduate School will send the offer letter.

Judith S. Trent Outstanding Graduate Research Award

This award, named for distinguished Emeriti Faculty member Judith S. Trent, recognizes outstanding research achievement by graduate students in the Department of Communication. Students earn this distinction through their individual or co-authored efforts in submitting papers for conference presentations and journal submissions, developing grant proposals, and other activities. Graduate students should track their efforts and assign the point totals below. If an effort is not listed that you believe is appropriate, you can consult with the Graduate Director. Awards will be assigned as earned until the end of the student's final semester in the program.

Topic and the amount of points
Area Number of Points
Successfully Defended Thesis 5 points
Approved and Completed Praxis 2 points
UC Conference Paper 5 points
State/Regional Conference 7 points
National/International Conference 10 points
Journal Publication Sole Author 15 points
Journal Publication Co-Authored 10 points
Research Grant Submission 3 points
Research Grant Received 5 points
Research Assistant 5 points
Level 1 Research Award 10 total points
Level 2 Research Award 15 total points
Level 3 Research Award 20 total points

Graduate Teaching Award:

This award recognizes outstanding teaching by graduate students in the Department of Communication. Students who wish to be considered for this award should submit an application to the Graduate Teaching Coordinator. The application must include at least two semesters of student evaluation data, course syllabi, sample assignments, a statement of teaching philosophy and any additional information the student would like to add. This award will conferred by a committee led by the Graduate Teaching Coordinator. Students may include evidence of excellence in teaching as both an instructor and teaching assistant. Materials due: March 1st.

Graduate Leadership and Service Award:

This award recognizes outstanding performance in leadership and service. Students who wish to be considered for this award should submit a brief application letter that details their leadership and service activities for the Department of Communication (along with supporting documentation) to the awards committee, consisting of the Department Head, Graduate Director, and a faculty member. Examples of relevant activities include GSGA leadership, mentoring of new graduate students, organizing department social activities, coordinating and attending conferences associated with the department, as well as university and community service that relates to departmental activities.
Materials due: March 1st.