ATTW Awards


Nell Ann Pickett Awards

ATTW Graduate Research Awards

ATTW is committed to advancing the research of graduate students in technical and professional communication. The graduate research award supports advanced Ph.D. students with clearly defined research projects that contribute to the field of technical and professional communication. Preference will be given to doctoral students working on their dissertations.

Up to three scholars receive a monetary award to be used for research expenses and/or to help defray the costs of attending the annual ATTW conference. In addition, award recipients are featured in a work-in-progress panel presentation at the annual conference. The conference registration fee will be waived.

Graduate Research Awards 2020/2021

“Inclusive Citation Practices: How to Ethically Engage with Scholarship in Literature Reviews” – Cana Uluak Itchuaqiyaq, Utah State University

“Rethinking South Asia via UX and Participatory Design: A Methodology for Building Dialogic Rooms in Digital Archives” – Bibhushana Poudyal, University of Texas at El Paso

“Early Warning Systems, Student Surveillance, and Threat Assessment” – Katie Lynn Walkup, University of South Florida

Graduate Research Awards 2019

Postcolonial Technologies & Magic Language: Critical Discourse of GhanaPostGPS – Edzordzi Agbozo, Michigan Tech

Ways to Move, Ways to Map: Making Space for Neurodiversity in Design – Leah Heilig, Texas Tech University

A Techne of Marginality: Theorizing from Black Minds to Hold White Bodies Accountable – Cecilia D. Shelton, East Carolina University

#MeToo, Multi-Layered Platforms, and Platforms of Power – Sarah Warren-Riley, Illinois State University

Graduate Research Awards 2018

“[Taking] Responsibility for the Community”: Claiming Power and Legitimacy in Technical and Professional Communication in India” – Breeanne Matheson, Utah State University

“Negotiating Collaboration:  Preparing Students for Workplace Co-Writing Amidst Linguistic Proficiency Differences” – Maria Poznahovska, Carnegie Mellon University

“From Pussyhats to Gynepunk: DIY Feminism in Post-Industrial Spaces” – John T. Sherrill, Purdue University

Graduate Research Awards 2017

“Advocating for Users, Engaging Citizens: Analyzing User Experience Research and the Rhetoric of Civic Engagement in Public Sector Digital Service Design” – Jeffrey Gerding, Purdue University

“Correctional Inclinations: Using Big Data to Trace Correctional Officer Handbooks” – Eric Stephens, Clemson University

“Developing Digital Literacies: Engaging Technical Communication at an Urban Community Technology Center”- Rachel Tofteland-Trampe, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Graduate Research Awards 2016

“Shaping Climate Citizenship: The Ethics of Inclusion in Climate Communication and Policy” – Lauren E. Cagle, University of South Florida

“The Reasonably Bright Girls:’ Theorizing Women’s Agency in Technological Systems of Power”- Emily January Petersen, Utah State University

“Coding the Narrative: The Rhetoric and Attention Economics of EHR Systems Management, Usability, and Clinical Documentation Practices” – Susan Rauch, Texas Tech University

Graduate Research Awards 2015

“Mentoring as Relationship Building: Identity, Performance, and Value in Technical Communication” – Beth Keller, Michigan State University

“Constructing Knowledge through the Mundane: The Role of Technical Communication in the Apollo Project”- Charlotte Hyde, Purdue University

“A Rhetorical Model of Translation: A Methodological Proposal for Approaching Uncertainties in Climate and Environmental Risk”- Kenneth Walker, University of Arizona  

Amplification Awards

As part of ATTW’s commitment to social justice practices and increasing organizational participation and supporting research from underrepresented scholars and teachers of technical communication, ATTW offers three awards to recognize and amplify the important contributions of underrepresented students and/or non-tenure track faculty presenting at the ATTW annual conference.


Spatial Technologies, (Geo)Epistemology, & the Global South: Addressing the Discursive Materiality of GhanaPostGPS through Technical Communication – G. Edzordzi Agbozo

“There’s a Black meme for that!”: Digital Blackface in the Appropriation of Black Memes and GIFs by Non-Black Users – Anshare Antoine, University of Central Florida

Inclusive Citation Practices: How to Ethically Engage with Scholarship in Literature Reviews
– Cana Uluak Itchuaqiyaq, Utah State University


Black Feminist Theory in TPC: Inclusive Practices as Administrator, Teacher, Practitioner, and Scholar – Jamal-Jared Alexander, Utah State University

 Representations of Black Protest: A Google Search – Alicia Hatcher, East Carolina University

Rethinking South Asia via UX and Participatory Design: A Methodology for Building Dialogic Rooms in Digital Archives – Bibhushana Poudyal, University of Texas at El Paso


Exploring Documentation and Rhetorical Practices of Addressing Public Health Crises During Nepal Earthquake 2015 – Sweta Baniya, Purdue University

“My Blood Cells When I Take My Truvada”: Examining Twitter Users’ Engagement with PrEP, Truvada, and Sexual Health – Ryan Murphy, Purdue University


Localization Usability for Social Justice: Exploring Usability Implementation in Global North Technology in the Context of a Global South Country – Keshab Acharya, University at Buffalo-SUNY

Headwraps & Hoops in TPC: Decolonizing Professionalism through Dress & Work Practices – Constance Haywood, East Carolina University

You’ve Recruited Black Graduate Students, Now What?: Eliminating Privileged Socialization Practices for Minority Students in Graduate TPC Programs – Temptaous Mckoy, East Carolina University

CCCC Awards

CCCC Technical and Scientific Communication Awards

CCCC Outstanding Dissertation Award in Technical Communication