2018 Undergraduate Communication Major Award Winners

Eleven graduating seniors were recognized for their outstanding accomplishments.

By Ashton Yount

On Sunday, May 13, the Annenberg School for Communication held its annual undergraduate graduation ceremony, honoring the Communication majors graduating from the University of Pennsylvania. This year's graduation speaker was alumna Ashley R. Parker (C'05). In addition to recognizing each graduate, Dean Michael X. Delli Carpini presented the following awards.

Hon. Walter H. Annenberg Award: Kamilla Yunusova
Named in honor of the School’s founder, the award is granted to the student who has most strengthened and improved the University of Pennsylvania’s student community through Communication service activities.

C. Nicole Dickerson Award: Zachary O’Leary
Named in memory of undergraduate adviser C. Nicole Dickerson, the Annenberg School’s award for public service is given to a graduating Communication major who has made a significant contribution to our neighbors in the West Philadelphia community.

Phyllis C. Kaniss Award: Miru Osuga
This award is presented to a graduating Communication major who has demonstrated a commitment to civic participation through meaningful action around issues of public concern. This may include individual actions or actions undertaken through cultural, charitable, civic, or government organizations on or off campus. The award is in memory of Phyllis C. Kaniss, former Assistant Dean and Adjunct Faculty Member of the Annenberg School.

Charles Morris Price Prize: Ashley Marcus
The Charles Morris Price Prize acknowledges an outstanding graduating senior in the Communication major who, in the view of the departmental faculty, has most distinguished him or herself through a combination of academic excellence, research accomplishments, and/or contributions to the department’s academic objectives.

Carolyn Marvin Award for Free Speech and Assembly: Meredith Brandt
This award is given to a graduating Communication major who, through his or her curricular, co-curricular, or extra-curricular activities has done the most to advance our understanding of the importance of free speech and assembly in a democratic society. It is named for Carolyn Marvin, the Francis Yates Emeritus Professor of Communication at the Annenberg School.

Kathleen Hall Jamieson Award: Jacob Gardenswartz, Patricia Jia, Haley Mankin, Tucker Reynolds
The Kathleen Hall Jamieson Award honors the graduating senior with the highest cumulative grade point average in the major.

Eisenhower Award for Communication and Public Service: Rebecca López
This award recognizes a graduating senior who has completed an outstanding thesis in the Communication and Public Service program on a topic related to public policy or public service issues.

George Gerbner Award: Jackie (Eun Jim) Kim
This award goes to the graduating senior whose honors thesis best demonstrates an original and comprehensive application of both research skills, as well as a thorough understanding of communication scholarship. It is named for former Annenberg Dean (1964-1989) George Gerbner.

The ceremony also included an acknowledgement of Lecturer Felicty Paxton, winner of the University of Pennsylvania’s 2018 Provost’s Award for Teaching Excellence by Non-Standing Faculty.