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O'Connell Awards

Each year we honor students for achievements and academic ability at the annual O’Connell Awards.

The categories of awards include:

  • Dean’s Award: High grades & outstanding leadership/service to department or college
  • Outstanding Majors: High grades & outstanding leadership/service to NIU/community
  • Forensics Awards: High grades & outstanding leadership/service in forensics
  • Scholarly Achievement Awards: For outstanding classroom performance
  • Service Awards: Significant contributions to the department, university or community
  • Research Awards: Evidence of innovative independent or collaborative research
  • Creative Achievement Awards: Innovative independent or collaborative creative work

We don’t want to overlook your achievements and contributions to the department, university and community. Check your official NIU email account during the month of February to learn about nomination information!

Contact Us

Department of Communication
Northern Illinois University
Watson Hall 210
DeKalb, IL 60115
Phone: 815-753-1563
Fax: 815-753-7109

Acting Department Chair

Mehdi Semati
Phone: 815-753-7028
Email: msemati@niu.edu