A University of Florida student explains her posterin 2013.

A University of Florida student explains her poster in 2013.

AEJMC’s Public Relations Division encourages the active involvement of graduate students. Any graduate student can be a member. It’s as easy as checking the Public Relations Division box on the AEJMC membership form. New and potential members are always welcome at PRD events and meetings, so even if you forgot to check the box, stop by and say hello!

Read and follow the links below to discover what students and new members may want to know about the PRD.

Committees and Positions

The division has a number of positions, all mostly held by full-time public relations faculty at colleges and universities across the United States. Also there are opportunities for others, including graduate students, to get involved. See a list of our committees and leadership in the About section of this website.

Scholarships for Graduate Students

There are two major awards/scholarships available for graduate students.

  • Roschwalb Grant Program provides financial support ($250) for graduate students conducting research in international public relations.
  • Inez Kaiser Graduate Student of Color Awards underwrite the cost of membership in the Public Relations Division for a student of color who is actively engaged in researching or studying public relations. The award ($1,260) covers conference registration, travel, and lodging, and one year membership in AEJMC.

Conference Opportunities for Graduate Students

  • Paper call with a presentation opportunity for the top three student papers each year.
  • Mentoring Program. The PRD runs a formal mentoring program at our annual conferences. The program teams up students with faculty members who serve as mentors during the convention.
  • Learn more about being at AEJMC for the first (or even second!) time on our Conference web page.

Top Student Papers for 2016

First Place Paper
Please share your voice: Examining the effect of two-way communication approach in crisis response messages
Shupei Yuan and Tsuyoshi Oshita, Michigan State

Second Place Paper
Can we trust government again? An experimental test of government reputation repair and kategoria
Tyler G. Page, Maryland

Third Place Paper
Public relations education in an emerging democracy: The case of Ghana
Esi Thompson, Oregon

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