University of Maryland Ph.D. Student Selected for Ketchum’s Don Bartholomew Research Award

Gainesville, Florida – Jung Kyu (Rhys) Lim, a Ph.D. student at the University of Maryland, won the prestigious 2017 Don Bartholomew Award for Excellence in Public Relations Research. Sponsored by Ketchum Global Research & Analytics and the Institute for Public Relations (IPR), the award selects a top graduate student in public relations, communications or business to acquire practical experience in public relations research at Ketchum New York and learn what “research that matters to the practice” means.

Prior to his time at the University of Maryland, Lim held various marketing and public relations positions in South Korea. Lim’s research investigates how organizations can improve communication regarding risks, crises, and issues management.

“I am humbled, honored and grateful to IPR and Ketchum for the amazing opportunity,” said Lim. “Working at Ketchum Global Research & Analytics will be an immensely valuable experience to complement my research and coursework on public relations, crisis communication and big data analytics. I look forward to this amazing opportunity to learn from industry leaders at Ketchum.”

The award, which was renamed in memory of Ketchum communications luminary Don Bartholomew, recognizes Bartholomew’s leadership in the field of public relations and his passion for teaching the practice to others.

Nikolay Yamakawa, Research Director of Ketchum Global Research & Analytics said, “I am delighted to have Jung Kyu Lim join the Ketchum Global Research and Analytics team in New York. We are impressed with his qualifications and look forward to working together over the summer as a part of the 2017 Don Bartholomew Award. We are also thankful to the Institute for Public Relations for this opportunity.”

About Ketchum Global Research and Analytics

Ketchum Global Research and Analytics (KGRA) is an award-winning, global team and the largest research, planning and analytics group in the PR industry. KGRA is committed to using innovative quantitative and qualitative research, along with digital, social and predictive analytics, in all phases of brand marketing, corporate reputation and employee engagement.

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 focused on research that is applicable in communications practice. Its research is available free at and provides the basis for the organization’s professional conferences and events.


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