COMM Awards Spring 2020 Recipients

Every Spring, the Department of Communication Studies hosts an award ceremony to commemorate both our undergraduates and graduates for their hard work and well-earned scholarships. Students have the opportunity to apply for these awards in the early Spring semester; students can self-nominate themselves and/or be nominated by faculty. The opportunity to apply for these awards will be announced each Spring via email and through your professors. For a full description of each award, navigate to the Awards page.

Communication Studies Excellence Award (the Sproule Award)

Jasmine Yuen

A picture of Jasmine Yuen.Jasmine is an undergraduate COMM major who has received two President’s Scholars awards and one Dean’s Award for maintaining a high GPA. Her memorable scholarly activities include engaging in service learning and serving as a speech coach and judge.

Tori Bowser

A picture of Tori Bowser.Tori is an undergraduate COMM major who has received a President’s Scholars awards and a Dean’s Award for maintaining a high GPA. She is also a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society. Her most memorable scholarly activity is participating in the Communication Studies Honors program, for which she created an original performance piece titled "Divas That Just Won't Die: Exploring Las Vegas Residences as Dark Tourism Sites.”

Elaine Fung

A picture of Elaine Fung.Elaine is a COMM MA student. During her first year in the MA program, she produced an original literature review on diversity and inclusion in the workplace; planned and facilitated a dialogue on freedom of speech on college campuses; and created an art instillation influenced by the Asian American experience, all while maintaining a high GPA.


Marie Carr Award

Raelynn Mae Caligan

A picture of Raelynn Mae CaliganRaelynn is a continuing COMM major with a double minor in Legal Studies and Business. She has been recognized as both a Presidential Scholar and a Dean’s Scholar for maintaining a high GPA. She is also a member of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.


Minnie Carr Award

Dulce Hernandez

A placeholder picture of the SJSU Spartan logo.Dulce is an undergraduate Communication Studies Major who works in the Beethoven Center located at the MLK Library at SJSU, serves as a MUSE Ambassador and an intern at the Hammer Theatre. Dulce serves as a content creator for the COMM Central Network team. In this role, she writes original articles designed to increase student awareness about public events at the Hammer Theater.


Emeritus Faculty Award

Alanna Nguyen

A picture of Alanna Nguyen.Alanna is a graduating senior who has overcome extreme adversity to earn her Communication Studies while also maintaining a high GPA. She serves as an eligibility worker for Santa Clara County Social Services and looks forward to a career helping others.


Outstanding Graduate Student

Courtney Burks

A picture of Courtney Burks.Courtney has an excellent academic record, and is currently working on her thesis. She is a Graduate Teaching Associate. Courtney received the Top Student Paper Award in Communication and Instruction at Western States Communication Association’s annual conference in February 2020.