Applications now open for the 3rd annual Ragan Research Award

A chance for undergraduate PR students to contribute to the field – and earn a research stipend.

For the third year, Ragan Communications and the Institute for Public Relations will partner for the Ragan Research Award. This year, undergraduate junior and senior students are invited to apply with a 250-word abstract on the topic of misinformation and its impact on Gen Z.

The chosen applicant will develop their idea into a 6-page research brief and receive a $1,500 stipend, their paper published on IPR’s website, a profile on PR Daily highlighting their work and an informational interview with Ragan Communications CEO Diane Schwartz. They’ll also be honored at IPR’s Distinguished Lecture Dinner in New York City this December.

“Combatting misinformation will take the brightest minds in the PR industry. That includes the youngest,” said Schwartz. “Their unique perspectives on how these threats impact their own peers will help all of us better protect the information ecosystem.”

Last year’s winner, Colorado State University PhD candidate Sera Choi, investigated response strategies after AI crises. You can read her full paper here.

Enter this year’s Ragan Research Award here. Entries are accepted through June 16.

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