Graduate Program

Volinsky Wins 2017 Graduate Teaching Prize

Doctoral Student Allyson Volinsky has been awarded a 2017 Penn Prize for Excellence in Teaching by Graduate Students. The highly competitive award recognizes the profound impact of graduate students on undergraduate education at Penn, and nominations come directly from undergraduates. Ten prizes are awarded annually by the Office of the Provost.

Volinsky was nominated for her work as a teaching assistant in Amy Jordan’s class COMM 125: Introduction to Communication Behavior.

Annenberg Hosts Annual Graduate Student Symposium

On March 31, Annenberg hosted its fifth annual Graduate Student Symposium. The event was organized by a student committee including Natalie Herbert, Danny Kim, Yotam Ophir, Christin Scholz, Allyson Volinsky, and Celeste Wagner. The day featured 16 presentations by 20 doctoral students and candidates.

Panel 1: More Than Just Entertainment


Jasmine Erdener - "Embodied and Extended Publics: Political Activism through Puppetry"

Forbush Awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Eric Forbush, a first year doctoral student at the Annenberg School, was recently awarded a fellowship from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP).

The GRFP is the oldest graduate fellowship of its kind, dating back to 1952. Past fellows have gone on to win Nobel Prizes, found Google, serve in U.S. government cabinet positions, and author best sellers.

Annenberg Presentations at ICA 2017

More than 70 faculty, students, postdoctoral fellows, and research staff will present research at the International Communication Association’s 67th Annual Conference, to be held May 25-29 in San Diego.

All Annenberg contributions to the conference are listed below, with panel name and room location. All events will be held at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront, unless otherwise noted.

How Your Brain Makes Articles Go Viral

It is a question that has mystified countless people: Why does one article spread like wildfire through social media and another — seemingly similar — doesn’t? How does your brain decide what is valuable enough to read and share?

Andrew Daniller Named 2017-19 George Gerbner Postdoctoral Fellow

The Annenberg School for Communication has named a new George Gerbner Postdoctoral Fellow for 2017-19: Andrew Daniller.

Daniller, who will receive his Ph.D. from Annenberg this Spring, successfully defended his dissertation, entitled Politics as Sport: The Effects of Partisan Media on Perceptions of Electoral Integrity, in December 2016. Prior to arriving at the Annenberg School, he completed his Master’s degree in Media and Public Affairs at the George Washington University and Bachelor’s degrees in Government & Politics and Economics at the University of Maryland.

The Annenberg School Welcomes 11 New Doctoral Students

Among other things, members of the 2016 cohort describe themselves as exercise enthusiasts, chocolate lovers, and travel fanatics. Some like sports, while others prefer reading or watching movies. Ask them to list their dream jobs and you’ll hear hip hop mogul, ice fisherman, and food blogger.

Want To Exercise More? Get Yourself Some Competition.

Imagine you’re a CEO trying to get your employees to exercise. Most health incentive programs have an array of tools — pamphlets, websites, pedometers, coaching, team activities, step challenges, money — but what actually motivates people? Is it social support? Competition? Teamwork? Corporate leaders often try a little bit of everything.

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