Undergraduate and Graduate Student Support

The strength of a university department is often evaluated on the quality of its students and their studies and research. Our ability to recruit and retain the very best scholars is essential to the success of the Department. Your support of the outstanding undergraduates and graduates within the Department is instrumental in our ability to educate the next generation of citizens, researchers, and leaders.

Undergraduate Student Support

Gifts to the Undergraduate Learning Enhancement Fund help the Department, as one of the most popular majors at UCSB, educate the next generation to become informed citizens, effective researchers, and innovative leaders. These funds help students by providing scholarships, career education, and study abroad experiences. Specific funding needs include:

  • Scholarships—$20,000 funds the cost of education for an undergraduate Communication major.
  • Student Support Fund—$1,000 provides a one-time award to a deserving undergraduate student. Contributions at any level are greatly appreciated and significantly benefit and change the lives our students. Funds can be used for books, software, and other computer needs.
  • Departmental Honors Program—$3,000 supports an independent research project for one Honors student for one year.
  • Communication Student Associations—$100 - $1,000 supports the activities of the Communication Association or Lambda Pi Eta, the official Communication honor society.

Student Career Development

Provide students with career development opportunities. The department recently instituted two annual career-focused programs. Your contribution ensures their continued success.

  • Named Donor for the Annual Communication Career Day:  Held in April, attracting Communication alumni as panelists and hundreds of Communication majors. Annual contribution:  $3,500
  • Named Donor for the Annual Internship Workshop:  Held in October, attracting community employers and hundreds of Communication majors.  Annual contribution:  $2,500

Graduate Student Support

Graduate fellowship support enables us to compete with the very best universities in the nation to recruit and retain top scholars.  Our graduate students are critical to the Department’s top national rankings and its excellence in undergraduate teaching.

  • Graduate Student Excellence Fund—$100 - $1,000 allows students to travel to and present their research at professional meetings, provides laboratory equipment, and/or funds special graduate student awards. 
  • Named Fellowships—$10,000 supports a graduate student for one quarter; $35,000 supports a graduate student for a full year.
  • Named Endowed Fellowship—$200,000 or more establishes a permanent named fellowship.

Established Named Fellowship Award. The George D. McCune Dissertation Fellowship was established by and with Sara Miller McCune in memory of the co-founder of one of the leading social science publishers. Created in 1995, the award recognizes excellence in graduate student research and funds a student for one year during the dissertation writing process.