This award recognizes superior endeavors in speech communication that go above and beyond class assignments and projects. The award is based on speech communication performance(s), service to the Department of Communicology, and/or active participation in speech communication-related activities in the community. The award will not be granted to a student who has another academic award or scholarship at UHM that is equal to or higher in value than the Joseph Fielding Smith Memorial Award.
A student is eligible for the Joseph Fielding Smith Memorial Award if he or she is a full-time classified UHM sophomore, junior, or senior (with one or more semesters remaining at the time of application) who is a declared major in Communicology or a declared major in Education with a minor (concentration) in Communicology. A minimum 3.0 GPA in Communicology and a minimum 2.8 GPA overall is required.
The award pays one recipient $800.00 toward UHM tuition for one semester provided that the student is enrolled full-time, he or she is in good academic standing, and the funds are available. The Awards Committee may elect to award the winner $800.00 toward UHM tuition for two consecutive semesters.
The Awards Committee of the Department of Communication shall determine if a nominee meets the basic criteria of academic excellence. Each nominee who meets the minimum GPA criteria will be asked to complete and submit a Nominee Information Form (see below). The nominee will then participate in a 15-20 minute informal interview with the Department of Communicology Awards Committee. The interview will focus on the selection criteria. Nominees should be prepared to discuss their qualifications for the award. The committee will determine the nominee(s) that best meets all criteria. In the event that no nominee clearly meets the criteria, as determined by the Awards Committee, no award will be given that year.
Deadline for 2013-2014 Award Nominee Information Form: March 9, 2014 at 4 p.m. HST
Nominee Information Form (will be available in November)
Nomination Form and Nominee Information Form can be submitted through email to:
or through mail to:
Awards Committee Chair
University of Hawai’i at Manoa
Department of Communicology
2560 Campus Road, George Hall 326
Honolulu, Hawai’i 96822
Notification of Award:
The chair of the Awards Committee shall notify the nominee(s) of the Committee’s decision within two weeks of the interviews.