Gainesville, Fla. – The Institute for Public Relations and Ragan Communications have awarded the 2022 Ragan Research Award to Jeonghyun “Janice” Lee, a University of Georgia Ph.D. candidate. Lee will receive a $1,500 stipend for publishing a research brief on creating engaging environmental, social and governance (ESG) narratives on social media platforms.

The Ragan Research Award Committee selects outstanding graduate or undergraduate students in the field of public relations, business, or communications to conduct secondary research and write a brief on an important topic in the PR industry.  The final paper will be published through both IPR and Ragan in the fall of 2022.  Lee will receive her award at the 2022 IPR Distinguished Lecture and Awards Dinner in New York City on Dec. 1.

“We are delighted to support Janice in producing research on the topic of ESG and the importance of social media in impactful storytelling,” said Diane Schwartz, CEO of Ragan Communications and a trustee with IPR. “Ragan is committed to nurturing tomorrow’s talent by supporting them today through research awards such as this one.”

“We are thrilled to partner with Ragan on this award,” said Dr. Tina McCorkindale, CEO and President of the Institute for Public Relations. “Topics like Janice’s help contribute to the body of knowledge in our field to make our industry stronger.”

To learn more about the award, visit the IPR awards page.

Lee will also be recognized during Ragan’s Communications Week taking place Nov. 1-7 in New York City.

To learn more about IPR’s Distinguished Lecture, visit the IPR Distinguished Lecture page.

Founded in 1956, the Institute for Public Relations is an independent, nonprofit foundation dedicated to the science beneath the art of public relations™. IPR creates, curates, and promotes research and initiatives that empower professionals with actionable insights and intelligence they can put to immediate use. IPR predicts and analyzes global factors transforming the profession and amplifies and engages the professional globally through thought leadership and programming. All research is available free at and provides the basis for IPR’s professional conferences and events.

For more than 50 years, Ragan has been delivering trusted news and information for internal and external communicators, HR professionals and business executives via its conferences, webinars, training, awards, subscriptions, and membership divisions. Its daily news sites—PR, and—are read by more than 600,000 professionals monthly. Its Communications Leadership Council is one of the fastest-growing membership groups for communications executives and its PR Daily Leadership Network is the go-to membership group for PR, marketing, and social media professionals. Ragan is also the producer of Communications Week, which is held each year in November. For more information visit

Heidy Modarelli handles Growth & Marketing for IPR. She has previously written for Entrepreneur, TechCrunch, The Next Web, and VentureBeat.
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