Gainesville, Fla – The Institute for Public Relations welcomes graduate students to apply for the Makovsky Master’s Thesis of the Year award to celebrate contributions to advancing research-based knowledge in the field of public relations. Thanks to this new partnership, IPR and Makovsky will host this competition annually to recognize a thesis that contributes most to the advancement of public relations research.

Established in 1981, this award honors a winning master’s thesis that focuses on the development of research-based knowledge in the field of public relations, and the degree to which the research is relevant or has an impact on the profession. Due to a sponsor change, the award has not been given since 2010. Makovsky, an integrated communication firm, is now sponsoring this award to recognize and encourage graduate study and scholarship in public relations.

“The growth of the public relations profession is grounded in new ideas based on research,” said Ken Makovsky, President of Makovsky. “Makovsky is committed to supporting research in the profession, and we are thrilled to support and recognize outstanding graduate student success in this area.”

The winning student will receive a cash grant of $2,000 and the winner’s faculty advisor will receive $1,000. Both the student and faculty member will accept their award at the IPR Annual Distinguished Lecture and Awards Dinner on November 29, in New York City.

“The Institute for Public Relations is grateful to Makovsky for sponsoring this award that elevates the practice by honoring applicable research that can be put to immediate use and supporting students’ contributions to our field’s body of knowledge,” said IPR President & CEO Dr. Tina McCorkindale.

Entries should test or develop theory within the public relations context; systematically test an applied public relations principle, case study or practice; analyze a legal, historical, or societal question in the field; or critically review an issue relevant to public relations practice, research and/or teaching.

Applications and submissions are due by May 1, 2017. Please send supporting materials to IPR Director of Operations Jenn Moyer at For more information and submission details, please visit,

About the Institute for Public Relations
The Institute for Public Relations is an independent foundation dedicated to the science beneath the art of public relations ™ and focuses on research that is applicable in communications practice. Its research is available for free at

About Makovsky
Founded in 1979, Makovsky ( is one of the nation’s largest and most influential independent integrated communications firms. The firm attributes its success to its original vision: that the Power of Specialized Thinking™ is the best way to build reputation, sales and fair valuation for a client. Based in New York City and Washington, D.C, the firm has agency partners with nearly 2,000 professionals in 30 countries through IPREX (, the second largest worldwide public relations agency partnership, of which Makovsky is the founder.

Jenn Moyer
Director of Operations
The Institute for Public Relations

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