IPRRC Conference - P.R. Undergraduate Students
Who We Are
The Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication utilizes experiential learning to get students involved in hands-on work for clients, applied research, and real-world problem solving. The college has five degree tracks including: advertising, creative media production, journalism, professional writing, and public relations. Public relations is the largest degree track in the college with more than 400 current full-time students enrolled. Gaylord's public relations courses allow students to experience amazing opportunities they cannot get anywhere else and fully prepare them for futures in the profession.
As part of Gaylord's 2020 Strategic Plan, the public relations track has focused on providing undergraduate students with research opportunities. This year, three Gaylord Public Relations students had their research peer-reviewed and accepted to the International Public Relations Research Conference (IPRRC) in Orlando, Fl. The IPRRC has an extremely low acceptance rate and Gaylord is one of the ONLY colleges in the United States that has had undergraduate research accepted and presented at the conference. This Thousands Strong campaign hopes to be able to send ALL THREE students to the IPRRC -- which will cost approximately $900 per student to attend. This cost includes travel, hotel rooms, registration fees, meals, and printing costs for the conference.
The IPRRC is an exciting and important opportunity for the public relations students as this one-of-a-kind conference allows them not only to share their research, but interact with public relations industry leaders like APCO Worldwide, Edelman, Ketchum, W2O Group, and Weber Shandwick as well as major corporate communications officers from GM, Johnson & Johnson, IBM, Southwest Airlines, and Teneo. In the past, students who have attended the conference have come away with internships, employment offers, and important career-building contacts. In addition, other universities attending see our undergraduate researchers as potential Master's and Doctoral students which starts our students thinking about post-undergraduate degrees.
This Thousands Strong campaign will help support the three Gaylord PR students so that little to no out of pocket money will be needed for their conference participation. If we cannot raise the money through this campaign there is the distinct chance that some of the three students may not be able to afford it on their own, and thus not attend.
Family, friends, and colleagues we ask that even if you cannot donate at this time, PLEASE SHARE the link to this campaign with those in your network. Your support will help us meet our Thousands Strong campaign goal. Any amount collected over what we have requested will be put into a fund for future Gaylord student research conference travel.
We greatly appreciate your help in our Thousand Strong campaign and your continued efforts toward the OU family. The three Gaylord undergraduate PR students would not be able to attend this important conference without your support. Boomer Sooner.