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Student Events

Conference for Undergraduate Research in Communication

Annually since 2004, the School of Communication has hosted the Conference for Undergraduate Research in Communication (CURC), drawing communication students from numerous colleges and universities throughout the Northeast and even across the nation.  Undergraduate scholars present papers and posters that sweep across a range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary topics. Also, and unique among student conferences anywhere, each year all papers are published in a book available for purchase online.

Communication Colloquium

The School of Communication offers occasional colloquia featuring speakers from outside of RIT discussing subjects of professional interest, "works in progress" by faculty, and graduate students' papers and projects. The Colloquium allows students to learn about careers, current issues and research in the field, and enables students, faculty, and industry professionals to interact and network beyond the classroom, resulting in Co-op and job opportunities and research ideas.

Institute Public Speaking Contest

Twice annually since 1988, students from across RIT have competed in the Institute Public Speaking Contest. This competition challenges students to demonstrate a skill that is necessary for personal success, career advancement, and responsible engagement in civic life. Participants come from various majors with a wide range of experiences. The contest culminates in a reception honoring all participants with certificates to be added to students' career portfolios. The top three speakers compete for substantial cash prizes. The contest is managed by the School of Communication:

Ethics and Communication Award

The annual Ethics and Communication Award, made possible through a generous donation from a School of Communication alumnus, was established in 2004 and recognizes outstanding work in the study of ethics and communication by a Communication undergraduate. Submitted for consideration are artifacts or performances in a variety of media including written essays, research papers, interactive CDs, Web sites, performances and speeches.