Campus News

Communications Graduate Symposium Is Feb. 13

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 8, 2010) - The University of Kentucky College of Communications and Information Studies' (CCIS) Graduate Student Association (GSA) has merged with the UK chapter of the American Library Association to present the first CCIS Symposium to be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, in the small ballroom of the UK Student Center.

[IMAGE1]The theme of the symposium is "CommUnion: Uniting the College of Communications and Information Studies." Graduate students will present their own original research, ranging across all departments and disciplines covered within the college, including interpersonal communication, mass communication, health communication, risk and crisis communication, instructional communication, and library information sciences. The keynote speaker will be H. Dan O'Hair, who is in his first year as dean of the college.

"The symposium will provide an excellent opportunity for graduate students to present their research and get feedback from their peers and faculty in a nonthreatening environment," said Mitch Schwartz, co-chair of the GSA. "This allows students to improve the quality of their research and at the same time prepares them for presenting their research at larger academic conventions and conferences."

All graduate students and faculty within the college are encouraged to attend, as well as undergraduates, especially those interested in graduate studies.  The symposium will allow graduate students and faculty to become familiar with the research being done within the college, which can promote collaborations across departments and encourage academic relationships between students and faculty.

Admission to the symposium is $5. For more information, contact Mitch Schwartz at