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Awards, Assistance & Associations

Starting in 1970, the graduate faculty has named each year the “Outstanding Graduate Student” completing the program. The person selected is honored at the Communication Banquet in the Spring. Scholarship, leadership and contribution to the program are basic criteria for selection.
Each year the faculty names “Outstanding Graduate Teaching Associate” to the student(s) demonstrating outstanding performance in teaching the basic course(s). The person selected is honored at the Communication Banquet in the Spring.
In addition to classroom study of interpersonal, intercultural, organizational, and public communication, we sponsor a Communication Laboratory open to the campus community that provides communication-related support services. Upper division Communication majors and graduate students serve as tutors who help students research, organize, outline, and deliver oral presentations. Students are encouraged to volunteer in the Lab to gain valuable teaching experience and to serve other students. Graduate students may also serve as paid lab assistants.
With the permission of your committee chair, students may earn up to four units of internship credit by working in the Communication Lab, by mentoring in COMM 1000 or 1004, by internship through Co-op Education, by internship in Organizational Communication, or by other work-related internships.
Qualified students may be granted opportunities to teach, to assist in forensics, or to assist a professor on a project. To be eligible for consideration in teaching COMM 1000 and/or 1004, students must show satisfactory achievement in COMM 6250 (Teaching Public Speaking and Interpersonal Communication), successful completion of specified coursework, and must have mentored with a faculty member in the course(s) they wish to teach. Interested students should consult with the Graduate Coordinator or the department Chair.
If you are interested in the work study program, consult with the Financial Aid Office, 3rd Floor, Student Services and Administration.

The University makes available financial aid in the form of student loans, graduate fellowships, writing assistantships, and pre-doctoral programs. Contact the financial aid office at (510) 885-2784 or visit the following web sites for more information. 

Communication Connection is the department's student organization open to all Department of Communication students. The Communication Connection elects officers and meets regularly to socialize and to discuss research, concerns, and problems.
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