Undergraduate Honors Conference

NCA Undergraduate Honors Conference 2NCA’s undergraduate honors conference will be held in Washington, DC, May 28-31, 2015.  The conference is designed to assist undergraduates with current research and post-graduate plans and provides opportunities for interaction between students and scholars in Communication.

Participation is limited to 40 students who will be selected on a competitive basis. Applicants must meet the following minimum criteria:

  • Communication Major
  • Juniors or seniors in good standing at an accredited college or university
  • GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Completed application submitted as outlined below

Participants will be responsible for travel and incidentals, but all other costs including housing, food, and conference fees, will be covered by NCA.

Applications are due no later than Wednesday, April 1, 2015.

To apply, please send the following via email as one PDF document to LaKesha Anderson at landerson@natcom.org.

  • One-page statement of interest
  • Resume
  • Unofficial transcript
  • One complete Communication research paper suitable for presentation (in either poster or panel format)

Keynote Speaker

Mr. Patrick Delaney is the American Soybean Association’s policy communications director based out of the organization’s Capitol Hill office. He also works with the ASA’s St. Louis headquarters to improve the flow of information on critical soybean policy issues to more than 22,400 farmer members in 30 states. Previously, he was Communication Manager for the United Fresh Produce Association.

With an array of assets including print and digital publications, social media, web, audio, and video, Patrick leads the association's communication of its work on trade, transportation, biodiesel and energy, Farm Bill issues, conservation, sustainability, and global food aid and technology, as well as the association’s critical work on marketing issues and development of new opportunities for American soybean farmers.

A member of the National Press Club and the D.C. Ag Communicators group, Patrick is also the ASA liaison to the advisory board of PBS' "America's Heartland", the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance, and several other industry coalitions and working groups. Patrick holds a Master’s degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from the P.I. Reed School of Journalism at West Virginia University and a Bachelor’s degree in Communication from George Mason University.


Communication Mentors 

Dr. Trevor Parry-Giles is the Director of Academic and Professional Affairs at the National Communication Association. Trevor earned a Ph.D. in Communication from Indiana University - Bloomington. In addition to his full-time NCA position, he is a professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Maryland. He is the co-author of The Prime-Time Presidency: The West Wing and U.S. Nationalism (University of Illinois Press) and Constructing Clinton: Hyperreality and Presidential Image-Making in Postmodern Politics (Peter Lang). Trevor is also the author of The Character of Justice: Rhetoric, Law, and Politics in the Supreme Court Confirmation Process (Michigan State University Press). His research has appeared in the Quarterly Journal of SpeechRhetoric & Public AffairsCritical Studies in Mass Communication, and elsewhere.

Dr. LaKesha N. Anderson is the Assistant Director for Academic and Professional Affairs at the National Communication Association. LaKesha holds a Ph.D. in Communication from George Mason University. Prior to joining NCA, she was an Assistant Professor of Communication at Indiana State University, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in research methods, health communication, and public relations. She also spent several years as an instructor at George Mason University and has served as a grant writer and program director for multiple nonprofits in Virginia. LaKesha’s research on health, risk, and crisis communication has appeared in several journals and books, and she has received awards for both her research and university service. In addition to her role at NCA, LaKesha is a member of the Communication graduate faculty at Johns Hopkins University’s Krieger School of Arts and Sciences in Washington, DC.

Dr. Rachel Tighe is an Associate Professor of Communication at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise. Rachel holds a Ph.D. and MA degree in Communication from the University of Georgia and a BA in Communication from the University of Tennessee.  She teaches a variety of relational communication courses including Communication Theory, Persuasion, and Interpersonal Communication, as well as Research Methods.  From 2006-2014, Rachel served as the Chair of the Communication Department at UVa-Wise. Rachel has been the recipient of several teaching awards, including Professor of the Year, and is committed to undergraduate teaching and research.

Dr. Mattea A. Garcia is an Assistant Professor of Communication at Rollins College. Mattea earned her Ph.D. in Communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her teaching includes organizational communication, research methods, and introductory courses in Communication. Before joining the Rollins College faculty, Mattea was an Assistant Professor at Indiana State University where she taught graduate and undergraduate courses and served as the Course Director of the hybrid basic course. Her research examines professions and professional identity, institutional work, and organizational rhetoric, and workplace incivility. Her work has been featured in Management Communication Quarterly and most recently she co-authored a chapter for the SAGE Handbook of Organizational Communication.