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Competitions & Awards

2017 NACC Competitions & Awards

 

Bob and Ann Weiss Undergraduate Research Paper Award Competition

In order to be eligible, the undergraduate student submission must be an original research paper that meets the criteria of the call for conference submissions. It must be based on a communication theory, but it can be reflexive. An abstract is sufficient on or before February 13th of the conference year. All materials should be emailed to kmcuny@uncg.edu using the subject line: WEISS PAPER. 

  • Submission Guidelines:

The complete paper must be e-mailed as a Word attachment to the Communication Center Section/NACC Student Coordinator (kmcuny@uncg.edu) by March 12, 2017. The subject line should read: WEISS PAPER. To ensure an anonymous review process, the document (body of paper and abstract) cannot include the author’s name or affiliation. Information that in any way identifies the presenter or her/his affiliation may disqualify the proposal from consideration. A separate cover page should include the following: name, university/college, address, phone number, and e-mail address.

  • Additional Guidelines:
  1. Current or recently graduated students are allowed to submit one paper per conference to the undergraduate paper competition.
  2. The submission may be either a single-authored or co-authored paper written during undergraduate studies and is not limited to those written as part of coursework.
  3. A student whose paper is accepted for presentation may not submit another paper from their undergraduate work for this competitive paper competition. They may submit additional papers for consideration on non-competitive panels.
  4. If your abstract is accepted as a conference submission, you are expected to present your paper, regardless of whether or not you win the award.
  5. Presenters are required to register for the mini-conference.
  6. The award-winner will be determined by a committee formed for that purpose by the Communication Center Section/NACC Student Coordinator.
  7. Manuscripts should not exceed 5,000 words.
  8. Manuscripts should be submitted by the end of the day in the local time zone of the submitting author.

 

Huddy-Gunn Graduate Research Paper Award Competition 

In order to be eligible, the graduate student submission should be an original research paper that investigates a topic from an empirical or theoretical perspective. The paper should focus on challenging a theory, the development of a new theory, or the modification of a current theory. An abstract is sufficient on or before February 13, 2017 and should be emailed to kmcuny@uncg.edu. Use the subject line "HUDDY-GUNN." 

  • Submission Guidelines:

The complete paper must be e-mailed as a Word attachment to kmcuny@uncg.edu by March 12, 2017. The subject line should read: “HUDDY-GUNN.” To ensure an anonymous review process, the document (body of paper and abstract) cannot include the author’s name or affiliation. Information that in any way identifies the presenter or her/his affiliation may disqualify the proposal from consideration. A separate cover page should include the following: name, university/college, address, phone number, and e-mail address.

  • Additional Guidelines:
  1. Graduate students are allowed to submit one paper per mini-conference to the graduate paper competition.
  2. Papers from M.A. thesis projects are not eligible for this competition. These papers are eligible for consideration on non-competitive panels comprised of undergraduate students, graduate students, and/or faculty.
  3. The paper may be single or co-authored original work of the student(s) submitting the paper. All authors must be either undergraduate or graduate students. There can be no student-faculty co-authored papers submitted for this award.
  4. If your abstract is accepted as a conference submission, you are expected to present your paper, regardless of whether or not you win the award.
  5. Presenters are required to register for the mini-conference.
  6. The award-winner will be determined by a committee formed for that purpose by the Communication Center Section/NACC Student Coordinator.
  7. Manuscripts should not exceed 5,000 words.
  8. Manuscripts should be submitted by the end of the day in the local time zone of the submitting author. 

 

Joyce Ferguson Faculty Research Paper Award 

In order to be eligible, the faculty submission should be an original research paper that investigates a topic from an empirical or theoretical perspective. The paper should focus on challenging a theory, the development of a new theory, or the modification of a current theory. An abstract is sufficient on or before February 13, 2017 and should be sent to speechlab@gvsu.edu using the subject line "FERGUSON PAPER." 

  • Submission Guidelines:

The complete paper must be e-mailed as a Word attachment to speechlab@gvsu.edu by March 12, 2017. The subject line should read: “FERGUSON PAPER.” To ensure an anonymous review process, the document (body of paper and abstract) cannot include the author’s name or affiliation. Information that in any way identifies the presenter or her/his affiliation may disqualify the proposal from consideration. A separate cover page should include the following: name, university/college, address, phone number, and e-mail address.

  • Additional Guidelines:
  1. Faculty are allowed to submit one paper per mini-conference to the graduate paper competition.
  2. The paper may be single or co-authored original work of the individual(s) submitting the paper. Faculty may submit papers co-authored with undergraduate or graduate students.
  3. If your abstract is accepted as a conference submission, you are expected to present your paper, regardless of whether or not you win the award.
  4. Presenters are required to register for the mini-conference.
  5. Manuscripts should not exceed 5,000 words.
  6. Manuscripts should be submitted by the end of the day in the local time zone of the submitting author.

 

NCA's Outstanding Tutor Award

The award shall be presented to the person who has demonstrated excellence as a tutor in a Communication Center. Considerations include quality of assistance, dedication, knowledge, creativity, and unique contributions. No more than two nominees per institution may be nominated in a given year. Nominees may be either undergraduate or graduate students (as of May 1st of the nominating year). Nominations must be submitted by February 13, 2017 to kmcuny@uncg.edu.

The Nomination Should Include:

  • A cover letter stating why the person should be recognized as an outstanding tutor in a Communication Center
  • A statement from the nominee about their participation in the Communication Center
  • The nominee's current vita
  • Evidence of the above considerations
  • A minimum of two and maximum of three letters of recommendation, including one from the director of the nominee’s Communication Center, and one from the tutoring staff at the nominee’s Communication Center.

Each nomination should be submitted as a single PDF file. Nominations must be submitted by February 13th of the award-granting year. Nominations will be coordinated by the student advocate of NCA's Communication Centers Section. The recipients (one graduate one undergraduate) will be chosen by two review committees consisting of current NCA Communication Centers Section members. The award will be presented at the NACC conference, and reported at the NCA convention. Winners do not need to attend either meeting.

*The name of the award will be adapted to the usage at the recipient’s institution —e.g., tutor, peer advisor, or consultant.