Undergraduate Awards & Honors
Lambda Pi Eta
The national honorary society for undergraduate scholars who achieve excellence in their studies within the communication discipline.
This award recognizes outstanding academic achievement, and is given to those undergraduate students who have earned a cumulative GPA of a minimum 3.25 and a minimum 3.5 in major coursework, and who have also completed 12 hours of 400-level Communication coursework.
To graduate with high distinction in communication, students must complete the requirements for Department Distinction and have written an honors thesis directed by a faculty member in the department.
The thesis is then submitted to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS). The thesis format should comply with guidelines specified by LAS.
We invite Communication seniors to audition to speak at the Department of Communication's convocation in May. Information about this opportunity is posted at the beginning of spring semester for graduating seniors.
Illinois Tradition Awards
The Illinois Tradition Awards
In the Spring of 1984, the faculty of the Department of Communication voted to establish a program of annual awards to students. Conferred for the first time in 1985, these awards recognize distinguished achievement by undergraduate students, and emphasize the department’s commitment to encourage its students to seek excellence in scholarship, teaching, and service. In naming these awards, the faculty chose to honor persons who played especially important roles in building and perpetuating the tradition of leadership and excellence in teaching and research inherited by the present generation of students and faculty. Each award is named for a former member of the department’s faculty or staff, and the awards are known collectively as the Illinois Tradition Awards. The annual presentation of these awards recalls with gratitude and affection the contributions of our predecessors and expresses our commitment to building a future worthy of the foundation they laid.
The Illinois Tradition Awards are made possible by contributions from alumni and friends of the department.
There are several opportunities offered for students by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, such as Dean's List, James Scholar, Latin honors (at graduation). Students are invited to review the criteria and take advantage of these programs as appropriate.