Get Involved

The department encourages students to get involved with one of the many student organizations at the department, college, and/or university level. Please click on the links to the right to learn more about the student organizations specifically focusing on communication.

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Department Competitions

  • Marie Clegg-Jones Speech Competition: The Marie Clegg-Jones Speech Competition is an annual spring event designed to showcase public speaking skills outside of the classroom. Students who enter are required to give a 5-7 minute speech to a panel of judges. The first prize is a $500 award, while second and third place awardees receive $250 and $150, respectively. If interested, please contactProf. Jeremy Murphy with your name, UVUID and phone number. 

  • Bateman Case Study Competition: As described the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA),the Bateman Case Study competition is the “premier national case study competition for public relations students, and gives you an opportunity to apply your classroom education and internship experiences to create and implement a full public relations campaign.” Our PRSSA chapter continues to be nationally recognized at the annual event. To learn more, please contact Prof. Farah Sanders. 

Resources for Success

The Department of Communication, the College of Humanities and Social Science (CHSS), and Utah Valley University provide resources that students can use to build and refine their academic and professional skills.

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Scholarships

Communication students are eligible for the following scholarships:

  • Dean's Merit Awards: Students must have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA.

  • Forgotten Carols Scholarship: These awards are for students in severe financial need. Students must complete the online financial aid application, with emphasis on the financial need section.

  • Salt Lake Tribune Scholarship: These awards are offered to students who are planning a career in journalism. There are 2, $1000 awards available annually. Students must submit a resume and sample of their work.

  • Deseret News Scholarship: This award is offered to a student who can show evidence (submitting a sample) of quality reporting and writing that demonstrates professionalism and ethical standards.

  • Humanities Scholarship Fund: This award is given to a continuing student who is a major in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

  • Bill Cobb Peace and Justice Award: Students must provide written evidence of a personal and/or academic commitment to these items: [a] peace, justice, conflict resolution broadly defined, [b] the value of a higher education as an important basis for one's participation in American democracy, and [c] a respect for global interdependence and understanding.

  • Paxman Humanitarian Award: The student must demonstrate that he/she is providing humanitarian service to the community (university, local, national, or international).

All scholarships are offered to those students who are in good standing and generally have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA. They must be residents and full time students. For more information about scholarships, please see Kristen Smith in CB 502A or email her at Kristen.Smith@uvu.edu.