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Involvement is a key part of successful professional development while in graduate school. The following involvement opportunities allow students to research their interests, connect with their peers and grow their leadership skills all while furthering their education. 

Graduate Involvement Opportunities

Communication Graduate Student Association

The CGSA is the primary group for ALL students enrolled in CI graduate programs. The purpose of CGSA is to involve graduate students in the Graduate Program in Communication as well as students enrolled in other CI graduate programs to better their graduate program experience through numerous social activities and professional development. This group holds regular meetings and social events for faculty and students. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate in this group.

University of Kentucky Graduate Student Congress

The mission of the Graduate Student Congress is to unify and represent graduate students, professional students and postdoctoral scholars at the University of Kentucky in matters affecting quality of life and to facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration and professional development through seminars, forums, outreach programming, advocacy and community enhancement.

Dean’s Student Advisory Council

The Dean’s Student Advisory Council brings together students from all majors, backgrounds and classifications in CI to form a Dean’s Student Advisory Council each academic year. The council is an opportunity to connect with College leadership, make your voice heard and have an impact on the future of CI. 

Research Involvement Opportunities

Research Fellows Program

Student members of the Graduate Program in Communication engaged in scholarly research are encouraged to join the Research Fellows program. This program is designed to recognize graduate student research work in a chosen communication area of interest, which may or may not closely match the primary areas of specialization in the Graduate Program in Communication.

To earn the status of a Research Fellow, a graduate student is required to do the following:

  • Complete 40 hours of voluntary research on a scholarly research project directed by a faculty member.
  • Present a paper associated with the project at a national conference.
  • Submit a manuscript associated with the project to a refereed journal. Papers and journal submissions may be co-authored with faculty members and other graduate students.

Research Groups

Students in the Graduate Program in Communication also have the opportunity to join three topic-centric research groups. The groups are made up of interested peers and specialized faculty members who work in that research area. 

  • Health Communication Research Group
  • Instructional Communication Research Group
  • YISE: Youth: Information, Spaces & Experiences Research Group

Other Involvement Opportunities

Students also have the opportunity to get involved in graduate and professional level organizations across campus. To find more information on these organization, click the button below.

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