2017 marked the second competition and ceremony for the Smart Doctoral Student Award for Excellence, established by Mrs. Mary Smart to encourage and recognize distinction and significant promise in scholarly work carried out by the best doctoral students in the Department of Communication & Journalism at the Hebrew University.
On March 21, 2017, two winning students received the award: Moran Avital and Eedan Rachel Amit-Danhi. The ceremony was held in the presence of Ms. Mary Smart.
Mrs. Mary Smart and the Head of Smart Institute, Prof. Raya Morag, established the first year of a Mini-Graduate School. Based on their excellent scholarly progress during the previous academic year, the two winners of the 2016 Doctoral Student Award for Excellence, Maya de Vries and Igor Rodin, received an additional one year scholarship, meant to support their final work on their doctoral dissertations.