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Top Strategic Communication Students Honored

Professor Gemma Puglisi, right, hugs student award winner
Professor Gemma Puglisi, right, hugs a student award winner.

The American University School of Communication has celebrated the outstanding work of its students every spring for 10 years with its annual Public Communication Awards. Focusing on the public communication discipline, projects that are recognized include strategic communication plans and papers, portfolio projects, digital campaigns, strategic research, and graduate capstones, among others.

In addition to their classmates, students are honored in front of representatives of our industry leading sponsors: APCO Worldwide, Ogilvy, Hager Sharp, Penn Schoen Berland, Beekeeper Group, Discovery Communications, TLC and Marina Maher Communications.

The Public Communication Awards is taking a pause in 2018 as we reimagine how to best honor our students' achievements. We are so appreciative for the many relationships formed through this meaningful program and would especially like to thank our external sponsors for their support and dedication over the past decade. If you have suggestions or questions as we reimagine other ways to celebrate our students’ work, we would love to hear from you at

2017 Public Communication Award Winners

Best Digital Campaign

Julia Kligman
Anna Beth Jager

Best Strategic Research


Lucca Vaselli
Julia Kligman
Andrea Padron
Tiffany Win
Devin Smith
Vanessa Parreco

Best Strategic Communication Plan

Rhianna Kern

Matt Gohn

Best Portfolio Campaign

Richard Bullwinkle
Jennifer Bohlman
Renee Orcione
Lexi Nai
Jasmyn Shumate

Best Graduate Capstone

Michele Alexander
Audrey Lopex

Dotty Lynch Award for Best Political Communication Paper

Laura Nichols

Recognition for Outstanding Contributions to Promoting Diversity

Killian MacDonald

Ryan Jordan

Outstanding Contributions to the SOC Community

Coby Eiss