Research is an integral part of the graduate program in communication, and to help in this important work, the Department provides access to a variety of resources, including the University libraries, Computing Services, and the Arkansas Archives of Public Communication. Multimedia equipment and funding support also may be secured within the department. Our faculty place special emphasis on graduate students’ professional development. Many faculty members have achieved national recognition and stature for their professional work as researchers, teachers, and consultants. They will help guide you through the challenges, opportunities, commitments, and obligations associated with graduate study in communication. One resource is the Center for Communication and Media Research.
If you present a discipline-related research paper at a convention, the Department of Communication can help with travel funds. Since 1985, we have offered students the Fulbright Student Research Prize in Communication in the amount of $100 to help fund graduate student travel to conventions. From monies available from the Walton Charitable Gift, the Graduate School has been able to provide substantial travel support for department-approved requests. The Graduate School’s guidelines for applying for the “Professional Meeting Travel Grants” are located at the Graduate School website. You should apply for these funds as early as possible in the semester you are attending the meeting. The number and amount of travel fund grants is limited.
Publication and Conferences
Our faculty strongly encourages you to take an active role in the professional associations of the discipline. By joining these professional groups, you are initiating a path toward meeting departmental expectations of professional involvement. Free or discounted subscriptions to many excellent publications and reduced membership fees are available to students. These organizations include:
American Academy of Advertising
American Communication Association
Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication
Association for Women in Communications
Broadcast Education Association
International Communication Association
National Communication Association
International Association of Business Communicators
Public Relations Society of America
Rhetoric Society of America
Southern Communication Association