We are very proud of our undergraduate students who excel both in and out of the classroom!
Departmental Excellence Award for Undergraduate Students
Presented to recognize exemplary academic performance, distinctive contributions to the department, and shining representation of the School of Communication.
Lambda Pi Eta Honor Society
Lambda Pi Eta is the national honor society for college students pursuing studies in communication-related disciplines and the official honor society recognized by the National Communication Association. Membership is extremely selective, with no more than 25 students chosen annually. Selection is based on academic and extracurricular achievements as well as commitment to the school.
Aída Schvartz Award for Gender, Communication, and Society
Presented to an undergraduate student whose academic and research interests, creative work, or other practical applications of study address the intersection of gender, communication, and society.
Meredith is a dedicated, passionate communication studies major and an active classroom participant, providing thoughtful, critical feedback and sparking deep conversations with her peers. Meredith was invited by faculty to be a research assistant in the Center on Media and Human Development and has worked there since fall 2015, contributing immeasurably to research outcomes. As an active member of a team of graduate and undergraduate students who worked on an intense and complex content analysis of food-marketing instances across a variety of media platforms, she applied great care and insight to all her work. Given her success in the lab, Meredith went on to complete an honors thesis on how gender is portrayed in advertisements for young children. Meredith worked diligently on developing her own coding scheme for this thesis, and the final product will likely be published in an academic journal.
Zeta Phi Eta Award
Awarded to an outstanding junior or senior who will remain at Northwestern to pursue a master’s degree, who has demonstrated excellence in communication arts or sciences as well as strong scholarship, exemplary character, talent, and leadership ability.
Yannik is an exemplary student in communication studies, always receiving top grades and participating actively. He consistently poses interesting questions in classes and demonstrates engagement with the material. As the technology chair for the Communications Residential College executive board, he was an active member of the CRC community and took his leadership role very seriously, always going above and beyond what was asked of him. Currently, Yannik is a research assistant for the Center on Media and Human Development, where he has been exceeding all expectations. He is full of good ideas and has greatly contributed to the research project. An excellent collaborator, Yannik has the potential to be an outstanding quantitative researcher.
Robert M. Cumnock Scholarship
Awarded to an outstanding first-year student; honors Robert M. Cumnock- a performer and teacher who believed oratory was an art, not a science- who in 1878 founded Northwestern’s School of Oratory, now the School of Communication.
Jillian is an outstanding first-year communication studies major currently working on projects in the Center on Media and Human Development. She consistently and enthusiastically takes on Various duties, including interviewing participants, transcribing interviews, entering information into the center’s database, and reaching out to potential study participants. In interactions with study participants, she demonstrates incredible maturity while also being delightfully personable and warm, making her an ideal research assistant. She does so well that it is actually difficult to believe that she is not a more experienced student. In fact, a number of the center’s parent participant have assumed that Jillian was a graduate studnet! She is genuinely a model student within the school community.