Students can get involved in a variety of clubs and activities through our department to develop communication skills, network and attend research conferences.
Our clubs include:
Intercollegiate Debate Program
Director of Forensics: Phil Sharp
The Intercollegiate Debate Program at the University of Nevada, Reno was founded in 1928 by Robert Griffin and University President Walter Clark. Now part of the Department of Communication Studies, the program continues to sharpen the oratory skills of students and prepare them to become leaders in the community. The team won a National Championship in 2009, has been ranked as a top 10 team in the nation for several years running and hosted the 2013 National Championship. Any students interested in becoming a member should contact the director of forensics, Phil Sharp. Follow the team on Facebook.
Nevada Debate Union
The Nevada Debate Union was founded in 2008, as a student-run club focused on strengthening public speaking on campus and in the community. Our projects include a fall and a spring public debate, support of local high school speech and debate programs, and integration of competitive forensics and civic engagement. The club actively searches for additional opportunities to connect with the community and spread the educational benefits of forensics. Anyone interested in finding more information can find the group on Facebook, as the Nevada Debate Union.
Lambda Pi Eta
Lambda Pi Eta is the official national undergraduate honors society for communication majors. Eligible students must have completed at least 60 semester hours in college with at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA and must have completed at least 12 semester hours in communication courses with at least a 3.25 GPA in those courses. Additionally, to be considered, students must demonstrate a commitment to the field of communication and be currently enrolled in good academic standing at the University of Nevada, Reno. Members inducted annually.
As an organization, Lambda Pi Eta strives to:
- Recognize, foster and reward outstanding achievement in communication;
- Stimulate interest in the field;
- Promote and encourage professional development among communication majors;
- Provide an opportunity to discuss and exchange ideas within the field of communication;
- Establish and maintain closer relationships between faculty and students; and
- Explore options for graduate education in communication.
President - TBA
Vice Pres - TBA
Scholarship Officer - TBA
Treasurer - TBA
Secretary-Reporter - TBA
2017-2018 Induction Class
For more information, please visit the National Communication Association's Lamba Phi Eta page.
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Communication Studies Research Club
The Undergraduate Research Club holds monthly meetings to discuss research topics with fellow student researchers and groups regarding current studies and grant opportunities. Through this club, members work as a student community to spread the word about undergraduate student research, promote undergraduate research grants/scholarships and assist students/student groups in with research techniques, outlets for research certifications and other beneficial information to help students excel in their studies. For more information, contact club adviser, Sarah Blithe.