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Awards

​For three consecutive years, DePaul’s Public Relations and Advertising (PRAD) graduate program has been recognized by the PRWeek Awards as one of the top five public relations programs in the U.S., including receiving Honorable Mention (Second Place nationally) for 2016 PR Education Program of the Year. Our public relations and advertising graduate students consistently win national awards and recognition.

  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012

2016

Arthur W. Page Society and Institute for Public Relations Case Study Competition
  • Third Prize: Patti Barrett, Stephanie Ericson and Erika Hanes (Students)
    • Supervisor: Matt Ragas
    • Case Study: People Over Profit: An Analysis of Blue Bell Creameries’ Listeriosis Crisis
LAGRANT Foundation Scholarships
  • Quiana Hughes
    • $5,000 scholarship
Articles authored by graduate students published in Case Studies in Strategic Communication
  • Stefani Duhon, Kelli Ellison, Professor Matt Ragas. “A whale of a problem: A strategic​ ​communication analysis of SeaWorld’s multi-year “Blackfish” crisis”.
  • Rachel A. Kuchar, Kelsey Dimar, Professor Matt Ragas. “Book Battles: A strategic communication analysis of Amazon.com’s dispute with Hachette Book Group and Authors United".

2015

​Arthur W. Page Society and Institute for Public Relations Case Study Competition
  • Grand Prize: Maggie Christ, Renata Sandor and Andrew Tonne (Students)
    • Supervisor: Matt Ragas
    • Case Study: Cigarettes Out. Health In. An Analysis of the Rebrand of CVS Health
  • First Prize: Lily Kim, Allie Kuopus and Sue Susenburger (Students)
    • Supervisor: Matt Ragas
    • Case Study: General Motors' Corporate Culture Crisis: An Assessment of the Ignition Switch Recall
Center for Creativity and Innovation and Coleman Entrepreneurship Center Student Innovation Awards
  • Silver Award: Sue Susenburger
    • Idea: Horse Pilates, an online service that offers cross-training instruction for horses
Launch DePaul New Venture Competition
  • First Place (Graduate Student Category): Allie Kuopus, Luis Sanchez and Sue Susenburger
    • Idea: Horse Pilates, an online service that offers cross-training instruction for horses
LAGRANT Foundation Scholarships
  • Quiana Hughes, Natalie Mayen and Lizmarie Orengo Santiago
    • $5,000 scholarship each

2014

Arthur W. Page Society and Institute for Public Relations Case Study Competition
  • First Prize: Dionne Gomez and Erin Reed (Students)
    • Supervisor: Matt Ragas
    • Case Study: The Need for Cultural Intelligence: An Analysis of Asiana Airlines’ Response to the Crash Landing of Flight 214
  • Second Prize: Catherine Schuler and Joanna Scott (Students)
    • Supervisor: Matt Ragas
    • Case Study: Tainted Yogurt: An Analysis of Chobani’s Mold Crisis
LAGRANT Foundation Scholarships
  • Lily Kim and Luis Sanchez
    • $5,000 scholarship each
Ketchum Excellence in Public Relations Research Award
  • Aaron Westbrook
    • Included 10 week summer internship with a $7,500 stipend at Ketchum in NYC

2013

LAGRANT Foundation Scholarships
  • Stacia Doss
    • $10,000 scholarship

2012

Ketchum’s Mindfire Crowdsourcing Community
  • Cheryl Przychodni
    • Winning Idea: Survey for API, accounting division of staffing firm Adecco, on personal budgeting and what people are willing to cut to afford necessities.