This group of awards is decided by faculty.
Faculty Awards for Outstanding Completed Research
The Department issues annual awards for outstanding research projects by its students. The goal with these awards is to recognize outstanding completed work by graduate students. Faculty will reward projects that are intellectually rigorous and skillfully executed. Consideration for these awards extend to a broad range of topics involving communication and with a broad range of approaches to scholarship and practice. Students interested in having their work considered should submit their MA thesis or paper, MC project, or PhD dissertation to Heather Werckle, Assistant Director of Academic Services, Graduate Programs, by April 15 each year.
Janice L. Ames & William E. Ames Diversity Research Award
The Department awards the Janice L. Ames & William E. Ames Communication and Difference Research Award to an outstanding completed research paper by a UW graduate student with a focus on communication and difference, in which they are either sole author or first author in collaboration with other students, whether at UW or elsewhere (please note publication of the paper is NOT required to be eligible). The nominee is honored as part of the Faculty Awards for Outstanding Completed Research presented during the Department’s Excellence in Communication Awards each spring quarter.
The Barbara Warnick Award for Outstanding Paper in Rhetoric
The Barbara Warnick Research Endowment honors the research, teaching, mentoring, and service of Barbara Warnick, whose leadership in Communication Studies broadly, and rhetorical scholarship especially, produced knowledge about public argument that has inspired many colleagues and students. The Outstanding Paper in Rhetoric Award will be given to a paper produced within the previous calendar year by a UW student (undergraduate or graduate student), in which they are either sole author or first author in collaboration with other students, whether at UW or elsewhere. The nominee is honored as part of the Faculty Awards for Outstanding Completed Research presented during the Departmentʼs Excellence in Communication Awards each spring quarter.