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Communication Studies Doctoral Candidate earns Outstanding Doctoral Student Award and University Fellowship

Posted Oct. 11, 2012

Jenny Rosenberg, a Ph.D. candidate in the College of Communication and Information (CCI) earned the Outstanding Doctoral Student award from the School of Communication Studies and the University Fellowship from the Division of Graduate Studies. Rosenberg has directed her doctoral program of study to Interpersonal Communication and Quantitative Research Methods. She is particularly interested in the ways individuals are concerned about how others perceive them and how impressions are managed in face-to-face and online settings. She is currently exploring gossip as it relates to uncertainty, emotions, and information management and hopes to complete her dissertation by May 2013.

Rosenberg will receive the Outstanding Doctoral Student award at the School’s Homecoming celebration on Oct. 19. “I feel very honored to be recognized alongside exceptional students, as well as distinguished and highly accomplished alumni of the School of Communication Studies,” Rosenberg said. “It is a privilege to be receiving the award, given that so many of my peers, who I respect greatly, are incredibly talented and dedicated.”

Rosenberg was also nominated for the University Fellowship by the Communication Studies faculty and supported by the College. University Fellows have a normal doctoral appointment in the fall semester (funded by their college, school or department), and a non-service appointment (funded by the Division of Graduate Studies) in the spring semester. The University Fellowship will allow Rosenberg to work on her dissertation full-time during Spring 2013. She said that although she will certainly miss being in the classroom next semester, she is extremely appreciative of the opportunity to be able to solely focus on her dissertation.

“I see it as a privilege to have received the nomination from COMM and CCI, and I am in awe of Graduate Studies’ generosity,” Rosenberg said. “I intend on making the most out of this opportunity by taking full advantage of the time I will have to focus on my dissertation.”

Rosenberg expressed her appreciation for her advisor, Nichole Egbert, Ph.D., and the relationships she has developed with faculty, especially Mei-Chen Lin, Ph.D., Jennifer McCullough, Ph.D., Janet Meyer, Ph.D., and Sally Planalp, Ph.D., which she called “vital to not only my education, but also my professional development.”

“The Ph.D. is considered a terminal degree, however I do not foresee my learning to be 'terminated' upon completing this degree,” Rosenberg said. “Rather, my ideal career path would allow me to continue to learn and to educate others, which are perhaps the most important skills I have learned during my time at Kent State University.”