April Showers Bring Faculty and Student Awards

This spring, the cherry blossoms are in full bloom, and academic honors have been raining down upon UW Communication students and faculty.

Ph.C. student Samantha Shorey was recently selected for a 2019 Lemelson Fellowship at the Smithsonian Institution. The fellowship gives her full access to the Smithsonian’s Computer Oral History Collection, and the opportunity to facilitate a Making Core Memory workshop at the Lemelson Spark!Lab at the National Museum of American History.

Shorey also co-authored an article that won a 2018 CHI Best Paper Award, given to less than 5% of all papers at the ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (2500+ submissions). Although these papers will be published next month, an online version of Shorey’s article is available.

Graduating senior Sarah Corn’s mental-health column for The Daily, “Stigma, Mental Health, and U(W),” which includes an investigation into generic ADHD medication, was selected as an Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Mark of Excellence Award finalist for Region 10. Communication alumna, Kelsey Hamlin (‘17), was also a finalist in two categories; her work for the Seattle Weekly was a finalist in the Breaking News Reporting category, and her articles for the South Seattle Emerald received recognition in the Online News Reporting category.

Finally, the Feminist Scholarship division of the International Communication Association (ICA) selected “Are You My Mother? Perpetuating Gender Inequality through Listening Expectations and Relational Roles,” as a 2018 top paper. The article was co-authored by UW Communication Ph.C. student Kristen Barta, and Ph.D. alumna Elizabeth Parks (’17).