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Awards Received by TCNJ’s Communication Students


Annual Awards for the Best Co-Authored Student Papers in the Nation from The National Communication Association

National recipients of the Stephen Smith Award for best co-authored paper 5 times within 10 years (2000-2009):

  • 2009: Janna Raudenbush, Kristen Kiernicki, & Mercedes McCurdy. (2009, November). Nationwide newspaper coverage of accelerated adolescence: A community structure approach. Paper presented at the annual conference of the National Communication Association, Chicago.
  • 2007: Rowena Briones, Danielle Catona, Brian Keefe, & Chris Zimbaldi. (2007, November). Nationwide newspaper coverage of global warming: A community structure approach. Paper presented at the annual conference of the National Communication Association, Chicago.
  • 2006: Dana Eisenberg, Amy Kester, Lisa Caputo, & Jocelyn Sierra. (2006, November). Cross-national coverage of NGO’s efforts to fight AIDS: A community structure approach. Paper presented at the annual conference of the National Communication Association, San Antonio.
  • 2005: Stefanie Gratale, Jennifer Hagert, Laura Dey, Pam Braddock, Alissa D’Amelio, Jaclyn Kupcha, & Allison Montgomery. (2005, November).  International coverage of United Nations’ efforts to combat AIDS: A structural approach.  Paper presented at the annual conference of the National Communication Association, Boston.
  • 2000: Adrian Castillo, A. Solomon, & K. Griffiths. (2000, November). Nationwide newspaper coverage of a Patients’ Bill of Rights. Paper presented at the annual conference of the National Communication Association, Seattle.

Regional Recognition for Student Scholarship: “Top Student Paper” Awards from the Eastern Communication Association

Health Communication

  • 2008: Vanessa Campana, Amanda Dato, Genevieve Faust, Helena Jablonski,  & Joshua Wright. Nationwide newspaper coverage of the morning-after pill: A community structure approach. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Eastern Communication Association, Pittsburgh.
  • 2007:   Brittany Hammer, Brigitte McNamara, Kristin Auci, & Jillian Nash. (2007. April). Nationwide newspaper coverage of abortion: A community structure approach. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Eastern Communication Association, Providence, Rhode Island.
  • 2006:   Pam Braddock, Kristine LaPlant, & Michelleslie MalteseNehrbass. (2006, April). Nationwide newspaper coverage of Genetically-Modified Food: A community structure approach. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Eastern Communication Association, Philadelphia.
  • 2005:   Stefanie Gratale, Samantha Griffiths, & Caitlin Gaughan. (2005, April). Nationwide newspaper coverage of the Medicare prescription drug benefit; A community structure approach. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Eastern Communication Association, Pittsburgh.
  • 2004:   K. Hall, A. Martinez, D.Schaller, D.Schradin, C.Wysocki, & J.Lutkenhouse.
    (2004, May). Nationwide newspaper coverage of alternative medicine: A community structure approach. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Eastern Communication Association, Boston.
  • 2003:   Daniella Gratale, Aimee Fisher, Matthew Donaruma, Keli Steuber (2003, April). Nationwide coverage of stem cell research: A community structure approach. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Eastern Communication Association, Washington, DC

Student Honor Society: Lambda Pi Eta

Lambda Pi Eta is the official national honor society of The National Communication Association. The TCNJ Alpha Xi chapter was established in 1993. Members are currently organizing a Career Night, Grad School Day, and many other events on the TCNJ campus.

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