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Ph.D. Students

The following students are pursuing the Ph.D. in Communication Studies. To support their research, each of the students below receives a graduate student assistantship that includes a full tuition waiver as well as stipend for teaching select undergraduate courses. Click here for more information about the Ph.D. in Communication Studies.

2016 Doctoral Candidates

The following students are slated to defend their Ph.D. dissertations during the 2016-2017 academic year:

Jordan Atkinson

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Dana Borzea

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Molly Eickholt

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Mary Donato

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Ph.D. Student Awards

JUDEE K. BURGOON DOCTORAL STUDENT RESEARCH AWARD

2015-Gregory A. Cranmer
2014-Sara LaBelle
2013-Jessalyn I. Vallade
2012-Colleen C. Malachowski
2011-Sydney M. Staggers
2010-Brandi N. Frisby

PATRICIA KEARNEY DOCTORAL STUDENT TEACHING AWARD

2015-Zachary W. Goldman
2014- Kelly G. Odenweller
2013-Zac Johnson
2012-Christopher J. Claus
2011-Shannon Maki
2010-Kerry Byrnes

EBERLY COLLEGE OF ARTS & SCIENCES OUTSTANDING GRADUATE TEACHING ASSISTANT AWARD

2015-Zachary W. Goldman
2014-Sara LaBelle
2013-Lori E. Vela
2012-Stephanie Shimotsu
2011-Sydney M. Staggers

Ph.D. STUDENT PEER COLLEGIALITY AWARD

2015-Jordan Atkinson
2014-Zachary W. Goldman
2013-Michael Sollitto

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Seelio: Sharing Student Work

Students enrolled in COMM courses are asked to study the theory and process of human communication so that they can apply this knowledge to understanding real-world issues. As part of this process, COMM students have adopted the Seelio platform – a social media platform that allows students to create an online portfolio of their coursework that is easily accessible to the public. Sharing these portfolios shows the importance of the COMM degree while also giving prospective employees a clear, accurate look at the academic work our students are doing.

Seelio Student Coursework Showcase

Academic Advising

Our advisors are available during the summer, fall and spring semesters during office hours. Check 108 Armstrong Hall, call 304-293-3905, or e-mail an advisor to check office hours for the semester (see below for contact information).

The COMM academic advisors are:

Nikki Loy – nikki.loy@mail.wvu.edu
Dr. John Shibley – jshibley@wvu.edu
Mary Donato – mdonato4@mix.wvu.edu

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Request a Mountaineer Intern

Professional Field Experience (PFE) is a key element in the undergraduate COMM curriculum that allows students to gain experience in applying their classroom knowledge to a variety of corporate and organizational environments. Organizations looking for students with an in-depth understanding of communication areas that include (but are not limited to) communication theory, data analysis, health communication, interpersonal communication, organizational communication, and social media/communication technology now have the opportunity to request an intern from the Department of Communication Studies at WVU. Use the form below to read up on our PFE program, and to request a Mountaineer intern today.

Organization Intern Application