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January 27, 2010

Ralph D. Casey Dissertation Research Award


Any doctoral candidate in Mass Communication who will have completed written and oral preliminary examinations, and filed a thesis proposal with the Graduate School by February 1, 2010 is eligible for this award. The award is made strictly on the basis of merit. Financial need is not a consideration.

As in earlier years, the Casey Dissertation Research Award application process is also used as the required "internal competition" for the Graduate School Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships. Students may not apply directly for the Fellowship awards. To be considered for the Graduate School Fellowship, one must apply for the Casey Award. It is possible for a student to receive both the Casey Dissertation Research Award and a Graduate School Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship.

To apply, submit:

1. The completed application form for the Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship (http://www.grad.umn.edu/fellowships/forms/).

2. Personal Statement of no more than one page that provides an account of the various sources, influences, and previous efforts that led to the choice of academic discipline and research area (see Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship guidelines).

3. Three copies of your dissertation proposal (usually no more than 10-20 pages in length). The proposal should clearly outline the purposes, scope, methods, and significance of the research and should include a timetable indicating anticipated completion date.

Please note that if you are selected for the Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, you will be required to submit a three-page research proposal formatted to Graduate School specifications (see Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship guidelines).

4. A University of Minnesota transcript.

5. Two letters of recommendation, one from your adviser and another from a second SJMC faculty member. Both must have read and approved the dissertation proposal being submitted.


The proposal and letters of recommendation are due by 4:00 p.m., February 1, 2010.

Selection and Notification

The applications will be reviewed by a special faculty committee. Applicants will be notified of a decision by late March.

Summer 2010 Hella Mears Graduate Fellowship

The Center for German & European Studies at the University of Minnesota invites advanced Ph.D. students in the College of Liberal Arts to apply for the Hella Mears Graduate Fellowship for German and European Studies. The Hella Mears Graduate Fellowships provide summer support of up to $4,000 ($3,000 stipend; up to $1,000 travel grant) to full-time graduate students in CLA. Up to eight fellowships are available for summer 2010. Application deadline: March 25, 2010.

See the CGES website for details: http://www.cges.umn.edu/fellowships/HellaMearsGraduateFellowship.html

January 25, 2010

February 27 - National Collegiate Reporting Competition deadline

Win an international study tour of Japan (June 11-20, 2010). The prize trip will combine journalism education with opportunities to learn about the history, culture and modern life in Japan. To be eligible to apply students must be full-time undergraduate students who will return to college in fall 2010 as an undergraduates.

Learn more and apply online.

Ad Club Meetings for Spring Semester

First meeting of the year will be Wed., Feb. 3, 4 p.m.- 5 p.m. in Murphy 100.
Ad Club will meet every Wednesday at that time.
Meet some friends, go on agency tours, listen to speakers and attend networking events!
Contact: adclub.umn@gmail.com

One year later: The Press, Politics, and President Obama

One year later: The Press, Politics, and President Obama
PRISM, the SJMC's multicultural journalism student organization, hosts this panel discussion featuring Patricia Lopez, political editor of the Star Tribune; Maria Reeve, political editor of the Pioneer Press; Duchesne Drew, managing editor of the Star Tribune; and Cynthia Gordy, Essence magazine.

Wed., Feb. 10, 6:30-8 p.m.
Mississippi Room, Coffman Union
Free and open to the public.

February 24 - Welcome Week leader application deadline

As a Welcome Week Leader you will help current U of M students gain valuable leadership experience and will focus on providing a quality transitional experience for first-year students. Leaders will receive training throughout the spring on group facilitation, campus resources, and University expectations. As a Welcome Week Leader, students will have the chance to work with a partner during Welcome Week in facilitating group meetings and activities with a group of 25 first-year students.This is a volunteer position.

Being a Welcome Week Leader offers numerous incentives and benefits. Including:

  • Being a recognized student leader on campus
  • Developing pride and further a sense of belonging by representing the University of Minnesota
  • Receiving training on topics such as: small group facilitation, University policies, and purposes of various organizations and services on campus
  • Meeting student and faculty members of the campus community
  • Being a resource and motivation to students transitioning to the University

Being a Welcome Week Leader is a great opportunity to strengthen leadership skills and meet new people at the University.

The WWL application is available online. Applications are due Wednesday, February 24, 2010.

UROP grants available to undergraduates

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) provides grants of up to $1,700 for undergraduates either to work with a faculty member on her/his scholarly or creative project or to carry out a project of the student's own design in close collaboration with a faculty sponsor. UROP projects are an ideal way to bring together the University's research and teaching missions, and the program is well funded, providing 80 to 90 grants for CLA students every year.

To learn more about UROP grants visit them online.

January 27 - Deadline to apply for SPJ Mark of Excellence Awards

SPJ is proud to reward the hard working journalism students who are producing outstanding work in their school newsrooms and stations with the Mark of Excellence Awards contest. To apply visit the Mark of Excellence Awards online.

Institute on Political Journalism internship opportunities

The Institute on Political Journalism (IPJ) offers amazing internship opportunities, generous scholarships and a first rate academic experience. Learn more about the opportunities online.

Our priority deadline for scholarships is coming up on February 5.

2010 Eric Breindel Collegiate Journalism Award

The Eric Breindel Memorial Foundation is pleased to announce that applications for the "2010 Eric Breindel Collegiate Journalism Award," the nationwide undergraduate competition whose winning prize is unmatched by any institution in the country, are now being accepted.

The winner will secure the following awards:

  • A cash prize of $10,000
  • A paid internship of his or her choice at Fox News Channel, The Wall Street Journal or the New York Post
  • Residential housing in New York City, if necessary.

The Eric Breindel Memorial Foundation will present the award to the undergraduate columnist, editorialist or reporter whose work best reflects the spirit of the writings by Eric Breindel: Love of country and its democratic institutions as well as the act of bearing witness to the evils of totalitarianism.

The award, created in memory of the New York Post editor and columnist, includes opinion journalism, news coverage and online articles. It is open to undergraduate writers and reporters of all political convictions and backgrounds and submissions may include college newspapers, magazines or periodicals, as well as online articles published on accredited college institution web sites. The award recognizes the editorial pursuit of freedom and American ideals.

In the past the award has been presented by Rupert Murdoch, Chairman & CEO, News Corporation and Roger Ailes, Chairman of Fox News Channel and Fox Television Stations.

To learn more visit the Award online.

February 12 - Student Advertising Summit

Mark your calendar. The Student Advertising Summit goes down Friday, February 12th. No matter where you are in your advertising, marketing or communications career, the summit has much to offer. More info at www.ad2sas.org

The Wake Magazine seeks writers

The Wake is a fortnightly, student-operated news, arts and entertainment publication. We provide a forum for the reporting, opinions, and creativity of students at the University. We hope to foster diversity in discussion and strengthen the sense of a community through the publication. If you would like to join us, our first meeting of the semester will be Monday, January 25 at 8:30pm in Suite 331 of the UTEC building (1313 5th St SE).

Feel free to contact Eric with any questions.

January 19, 2010

PRSSA chapter mtg on Jan. 27

The Willard Thompson Chapter of Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) will have its first meeting of the semester on Wednesday, January 27 from 5:15 - 6:15 p.m. in the SJMC Conference Center in 100 Murphy Hall.

The Public Relations Student Society of America is a professionally-affiliated, national organization dedicated to providing:

• Mutually beneficial relationships between professionals and students
• Opportunities to develop leadership and hone writing skills necessary for the field
• Exclusive internship information, networking events, and various regional meetings and conferences.
• Valuable resources about the public relations industry
• Hands-on experience and opportunities to build a professional portfolio

If you are interested in public relations, communications, marketing, advertising, or event planning, please join us on January 27. At the meeting we will discuss the basics of PRSSA membership and the ways that you can get involved.

2010-11 SJMC Online Scholarship Application now available

The deadline for submitting an application is Friday, January 29, 2010, at 4:00 p.m. Applying for a scholarship is easy: complete the online application form by the deadline, and you will automatically be considered for every scholarship for which you qualify.

Upon submission of a scholarship application, you will receive a confirmation and tracking number for your completed application.

Go to the online application.

Digital Media Studio is hiring lab assistants

The Digital Media Studio is hiring work study positions for Spring 2010.

  • Required/Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience with basic graphics and printing issues; experience with digital video and audio recording/editing; digital photography and document scanning ; opening, saving and transferring files in a variety of formats; CD/DVD burning basics
  • Previous tech support experience
  • Good interpersonal communication skills

Contact Wally Swanson at swans290@umn.edu to apply

Strat Comm MA Program Information Sessions scheduled

Information Sessions for the Strategic Communication M.A. program have been scheduled as follows:

Monday, January 25
Monday, February 22
Monday, March 22

All sessions will take place from 5:30-7pm in Murphy Hall, Room 100.

Attendees will have the chance to meet Prof. John Eighmey, the academic director for the program. Eighmey is the Raymond O. Mithun Land Grant Chair in Advertising and a national authority on advertising, marketing, and mass communication. He has vast experience in marketing communication, consumer research, management and public policy. Eighmey has held senior positions at Young & Rubicam Advertising in New York and the Federal Trade Commission in Washington D.C.
Deadline for application to the program is June 15. Only 20 students are accepted each September in the program, which is entering its sixth year. Launched in the fall of 2005, the Professional M.A. in Strategic Communication provides advanced strategic thinking capabilities for early career professionals.

Learn more about the program and view application instructions.

January 15, 2010

Report at the AAJA Annual Convention in L.A.

The Asian American Journalists Association is gearing up for it's annual convention. The 2010 AAJA convention will be in Los Angeles, California. A crucial part of the convention is the Convention News Project, which allows aspiring journalism students to partner with professionals to cover the convention. Interested in getting involved? Visit the AAJA online to learn more.

January 28 - Apply for Minnesota PRSA Student Classics Awards

The Minnesota Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) is now accepting Student Classics award entries for the 8th annual award competition. The PRSA Student Classics Awards showcase some of the best public relations work from college students in Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin.

The competition is not limited to PRSSA members. Entries are encouraged from all communications, public relations, marketing and advertising students in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

Categories include Special Purpose Publications, News/Feature Writing, Community Relations/Special Events, New Media/Technology and Planning.

Entering is a great way to show Minnesota PRSA professionals your strategic skills. Entries also are an excellent way to help you start your portfolio, and entering the PRSA Student Classics Awards looks great on your resume.

Completed entries must be received by 5 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010.

You may learn more about the PRSA Student Classics Awards online.

Student Veterans and Service Members - get paid for your internship!

If you have an internship that is unpaid or low-paid (you are making less than $1800 / semester), you may be eligible for a grant of up to $1800! Open to degree-seeking undergraduate and graduate student veterans and service members, from all colleges and programs, at all U of M campuses. Find the details and application instructions online.

Questions? Contact Carin Anderson at ande8670@umn.edu or 612-624-9081.

Dress for Success Workshop is February 11

Look your best for upcoming interviews and career fairs by applying tips you will learn at the "Dress for Success" workshop to be held Thursday, February 11 from 12:15-1:15 p.m. in the President's Room in Coffman Memorial Union.

Eric Boone, a local wardrobe consultant with over 18 years of experience will be delivering an engaging presentation on the skill and art of dressing professionally on a budget. Registration required online.

Register now: Student Advertising Summit is February 12

College students, recent graduates and others interested in the dynamic world of advertising, marketing and communications have the opportunity to connect with industry professionals at Ad2's annual Student Advertising Summit (SAS). Ad2 is a division of the Advertising Federation of Minnesota (Ad Fed). The SAS takes place on Friday, Feb. 12 at McNamara Alumni Center, located on the East Bank of the University of Minnesota campus at 200 Oak St. S.E. in Minneapolis.

Pre-registration is now open, and believe us - you'll want to take advantage of the discounted price, as well as the limited spots available for agency tours and portfolio reviews.

Register online or call the Ad Fed office at (651) 917-6251.

Opportunities with Institute for Humane Studies

January 31 is the deadline for students to apply to both the paid public policy internship program and the summer journalism internship program. These programs offer placements at more than 70 organizations and include weeklong, career workshops.

For students interested in public policy, the Charles G. Koch Summer Fellow Program offers placements at organizations advancing liberty in areas such as the environment, tax laws, drug policy reform, and many more. Intern responsibilities range from tracking legislation to managing new media campaigns to researching policy issues. Students can use our Placement Finder to identify an internship matching their policy and career interests.

Talented writers and YouTube political commentators would be interested in our Journalism Internship Program. The program offers placements at newspapers, major media networks, new media firms, and think thanks -- plus applicants can even suggest their own internship and apply for funding.

To learn more about these programs, or to apply, visit the Institute for Humane Studies online.

U of M Student Film Fest happening in April

Student Unions & Activities will be hosting the U of M Student Film Festival on April 15-17. Students are able to direct, edit and/or write a film that will submitted into the festival. When submitting the film, students are given the option to either enter it into the film competition, where the films are judged and winners are awarded prizes, or they can submit the film into the festival viewing only. The deadline for film submissions is March 22. Find more information online.

Marketing Consultant - KOLN/KGIN-TV in Lincoln, NE

KOLN/KGIN-TV is currently accepting applications for full-time Marketing Consultants in their Lincoln, NE, and Grand Island Sales offices. To view the job description and apply, visit their careers page. Applications considered through January 20.

Now accepting applications for SJMC major status

If you are a premajor student interested in majoring in journalism consider applying for major status this spring semester. The application will be available online on Tuesday, January 19. The final application deadline is Friday, February 12, but we encourage you to submit your materials by the February 5 priority deadline. You may review the eligibility requirements and application details online at the SJMC Web site.

Deadline TODAY: Hearst Broadcast Competition III: Television

The SJMC internal deadline for submitting an entry for the Hearst Journalism Awards Program competition for Broadcast News/Television News is TODAY, January 19, 2010. Please review the guidelines online and leave your materials with Maggie Cosgrove in room 110 Murphy Hall no later than 4:30 p.m. The SJMC will select two students to nominate on behalf of the School.

Other upcoming Hearst Deadlines:

April 12 - Multimedia Competition

February 22 - U of M Job and Internship Fair

Don't miss the biggest student career fair in Minnesota. Nearly 200 organizations will be recruiting for hundreds of jobs and internships in a variety of industries. The event is Monday, February 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Transportation is available. You can learn more at the Career and Community Learning Center online.

February 3 - Community Involvement Fair

Learn how you can make a difference in your community by attending this free event where youw ill learn about volunteer and internship opportunities in the Twin Cities. To see the list of participating organizations please visit the Career and Community Learning Center online.

February 12 - Meet and Eat with Employers Networking Event

This special event is designed for CLA juniors, seniors, and recent graduates. Improve your ability to job search and network by participating in this event, that includes:

  • Networking strategies
  • Advice direct from employers
  • Resume critiques
  • Lunch

Cost is $10. To register visit the Career Services section on GoldPASS.

March 12 - Deadline to apply to intern with OLSON

OLSON, one of Minneapolis' fastest-growing agencies, is seeking candidates for their paid summer internship program. They are looking for current students and recent college graduates who are smart, energetic and curious. Submit your resume and cover letter online to be considered. The application deadline is March 12, with internships beginning June 1.