Student Highlights

Jordan Alpert: Jordan Alpert is a 2015 graduate of the communication PhD program. While he was a student, he won the Top Graduate Student Paper (Health Communication Division) at the Eastern Communication Association Conference for his paper “Just What the Doctor Tweeted: Physicians' Challenges and Rewards of Using Twitter.”

Omama Altaleb: One of our exceptional undergraduate student journalists is Omama Altaleb. As a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, Omama has successfully branded herself through original online publications by maintaining an online portfolio. Recently accepted to American University for graduate school in journalism, Omama created this original portfolio and resume to ensure a bright future in journalism. 

Matthew Basil: Matthew Basil is an MA student who won the Communication Graduate Challenge Award for the year 2014-2015.

Mollie Rose Canzona: Mollie Rose Canzona is a PhD student. She won the Dissertation Completion Grant Award, Provost, Spring 2015, the communication department’s Graduate Teaching Award,2014-2015, an Honorable Mention Presentation Award, DCHC, 2015 for Canzona, M., Fisher, C., & Peterson, E. “Enhancing Provider Communication Competence about Sexual Health in Breast Cancer Survivorship: Addressing Risk and Health Promotion Associated with Hormone Replacement Therapy,” and the Top Paper Award, Feminist & Women's Studies Division, NCA, 2014 for Weathers, M.R., Canzona, M., & Fisher, C. “Dealing with the Hurt: A Co-Cultural Theoretical Analysis of Coping Strategies Related to Digital Dating Abuse.”

Christy Forrester: Christy Forrester is a PhD student. She is the 2014-2015 recipient of the Wendy Balazik Communication and Social Change Award.

Jacob Fritzke: Jacob Fritzke is an undergraduate student with a concentration in media production and criticism. He is the 2015 winner of the department’s award for Best News Feature Story for “The Lord’s Table.”

Hugh Geepeay: Hugh Geepeay is an MA student. In October 2014, he won the Top Student Paper, National Association of Research, for "Interpersonal Relationships and Credit Hours: Bridging the Gap."

Adam Gambrel: Adam Gambrel is an undergraduate student with a concentration in media production and criticism. He is the 2015 winner of the communication department’s Best Music Video Project, “Hey.”

Allison Harper: Allison Harper is a PhD student. She won the Top Paper award at NCA, Cross Examination Debate Association, "A Preliminary Analysis of Attitudes toward Mutually Preferred Judging and Diversity in Intercollegiate Policy Debate."

John Kotcher: John Kotcher is a PhD student. In December 2014, he won the Outstanding Student Paper Award at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, "Scientists as Communicators: A Randomized Experiment to Assess Public Reactions to Scientists’ Social Media Communication Along the Science-Advocacy Continuum." He also won an award for “TV Weathercasters and Climate Education: Expanding the Reach of Climate Matters.” National Science Foundation, Edward Maibach, Principal Investigator (2014-2017).

Brenda MacArthur: Brenda MacArthur is a PhD student. She is a 2015 College of Humanities and Social Sciences Dean’s Challenge Award winner.

Reid May: Reid May is an undergraduate student with a concentration in media production and criticism. He is the 2015 winner of the department’s Best Commercial Project award for “EduTower.”

Cameron Perrier: Cameron Perrier is an undergraduate student with a concentration in media production and criticism. Cameron is the 2015 winner of the department’s award for Best Demonstration Project “How to Drive a Tractor.”

Camella Rising: Camella Rising is a PhD student. She won the Top Student Presentation Award at the 2015 DC Health Communication Conference for “Conceptualizing Levity Within the Context of Family Communication about Serious Illness.” She also won the Faculty Mentor Grant for the Undergraduate Research Scholars Program at George Mason University in spring 2015 for mentoring an undergraduate student in the Department of Nutrition and Food Studies for “The Influence of Awareness of Calories on Emerging Adults' Food and Beverage Choices: Does Self-Control and Self-Esteem Matter?” In addition, Camella won the Susan T. Borra Fellowship in Nutrition Communication from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation, 2015.

Sidra Sajid: Sidra Sajid is an undergraduate student with a concentration in media production and criticism. She is the 2015 winner of the communication department’s Best Videography Project award for “Seeing Color.”

Ben Simpson: Ben Simpson is an undergraduate student with a concentration in media production and criticism. He is the 2015 WGMU Broadcaster of the Year.

Neil Stenhouse: Neil Stenhouse is a PhD student. He won the department’s Special Recognition in Science Communication Leadership Award for the year 2014-2015.