Graduate Student Awards

University of Maine Communication Sciences and Disorders Graduate Student Awards are granted through the department and outside organizations. Interested students should contact their advisor for more information.


Outstanding Graduate Student Award

The purpose of this award is to provide public recognition to an outstanding MA student graduating from our program. The recipient of this award will be the student judged to have best demonstrated during his/her graduate career those qualities of intellectual drive, leadership, commitment, perseverance, and service to the community. Nominations are made by faculty members.

Chris Norman Memorial Award

The Chris Norman Memorial Award, presented annually to a graduate student, is named in memory of Christopher Norman, a 2004 UMaine graduate who passed away unexpectedly in 2010 while pursuing a PhD. Chris’ spirit combined sensitivity and an earnest desire to learn and grow with a wonderful sense of humor and inclination toward fun. A lifelong stutterer, Chris was passionate about helping others achieve their communication goals. He understood the path of therapy, having traveled that road himself. The recipient of this award is recognized by the faculty as embodying many of Chris’ qualities, distinguishing themselves by their generosity and commitment to improving the world around them. Nominations are made by faculty members.

Jean A. and David A. Webb Outstanding Professional Master’s Degree Student Award

This College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture award was established in 2014 to recognize outstanding graduate students in non-thesis masters programs who have distinguished themselves in multiple ways. Students in any NSFA graduate program are eligible to apply. Applicants for this award must be enrolled in their non-thesis master’s program in the December prior to the award competition. Applications for this award are submitted online and are usually due the third week of February.

Minority Student Leadership Program

Awarded by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), this program is open to students from underrepresented populations who wish to enhance their leadership skills, interact with leaders in the professions, and learn how their association works. Applications are available online and are usually due in early May.

Students Preparing for Academic-Research Careers

The goal of this program is to foster students’ interest in the pursuit of PhD education and careers in academia to address personnel shortages in higher education within our field. Applications are available through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) online and are usually due in mid-April.