Joan and Larry Cimino Award for Excellence in Intercultural Communication

Joan and Larry Cimino Award for Excellence in Intercultural Communication


This award is for the best paper or thesis on intercultural communication submitted by a student enrolled in a graduate course in a degree program offered through one of the departments in the IU School of Liberal Arts. Understanding between and among disparate cultures has challenged humankind throughout history; intercultural communication, is a key element in achieving that understanding. The award is based on a belief that a disciplined approach to the study of intercultural communication can provide valuable insights toward achieving understanding among cultures. The study of intercultural communication is broadly defined to include research in areas such as language corpora, contrastive rhetoric, second language acquisition , second language pedagogy, language and communication theory, as well as other related fields.

Selection Criteria

The award is granted to the graduate student presenting the best paper or thesis advancing our understanding of intercultural communication as defined above.

Recipients must be actively enrolled in a graduate degree program in Liberal Arts (with course enrollment during the current academic year).

Students submit their application electronically through the Liberal Arts application and upload their essay on the same site. The author's name should appear only on the cover sheet, which will also include the title of the paper and the author's address, phone number, and e-mail address.

  • Papers/theses may be submitted that have been completed as part of a graduate course or program at IUPUI in any discipline in the IU School of Liberal Arts.
  • The paper submitted for this award should be without instructor comments.
  • Papers will conform to standard rules of citation found in the MLA or APA style sheets.
  • Selected recipient must agree to share the selected submission with

How to Apply

No application, faculty nominated and selected. Nominations are reviewed by a committee composed of the Director of the ICIC, selected faculty in TESOL and applied linguistics, and community members.

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