School of Communication

Communication Century Scholars

The Communication Century Scholars program has been designed to provide our most highly qualified students with special opportunities to connect with faculty, conduct independent research and/or creative activity, and be mentored for special scholarship and fellowship competitions. Students are nominated by faculty and administrators and selected for this program based on a record of exceptional scholarship, contributions to the arts, and leadership in the School and University. Participation in the program is by invitation from the Dean.

Students designated as Communication Century Scholars receive personal invitations to attend lectures and special events in the School. These include the annual Van Zelst lecture, which features a major scholar in communication or media studies, and the annual Hope Abelson visiting artist presentation, which features a major figure in the performing arts.

Communication Century Scholars come from all five majors in the School of Communication and many complete second and even third majors. Their intellectual interests and creative talents lead them in many different directions.

What We Do

Research Working with faculty mentors, Century Scholars research topics ranging from the functional neuroanatomy of the brain to the qualities of authentic Shakespearean theatrical productions.
Create Century Scholars develop documentary film projects, for instance one to be shot at an orphanage in Ecuador. Among our members are playwrights and screenwriters; dancers, actors, and directors.
Advocate Century Scholars are numbered among some of the nation’s top college debaters, and some of us are planning legal careers. Some are activists; several have been active for months in the presidential campaigns.
Lead Century Scholars serve on many campus boards and in leadership roles in a variety of on-campus organizations: the Flicker Film Festival, Jones Residential College, Dance Marathon, among others. We provide the brains and energy behind innumerable campus events.
Perform On the stage and behind the stage, Century Scholars produce, direct, and stage a huge number of NU plays and many of us are engaged with the Chicago theatre community, creating new works for the stage.
Serve One of us runs a non-profit basketball camp. Another teaches middle school kids about the Civil Rights Movement through the vehicle of performance, still another is volunteering in pediatrics at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.
Excel While studying abroad, one of us wrote the best undergraduate thesis in Science and Technology Studies at the University of London. Among our members are winners of major fellowships, students already accepted to medical school, and winners of outstanding student awards.