Undergraduate Student Work

Through research, College of Arts, Media and Design students develop a practical expertise in and intellectual passion for their chosen field.


The benefits of participating in undergraduate research in the Communication Studies Department include:

  • Be better prepared for professional employment or graduate school by developing the skills and confidence to test hypotheses and find answers to tough questions
  • Develop strong collegial relationships with faculty
  • Gain exposure and experience presenting research in academic forums, including conferences and journals
  • Engage with and contribute to the discipline on a deeper level

To learn more about opportunities for undergraduate research, reach out to a faculty mentor who specializes in a research area of your interest

Recent Academic Conference Presentations by our Students


Nonverbal Behavior Preconference
17th Annual Convention of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology

Heather Jensen, “Pedestrian Accountability” (poster) (Kevoe-Feldman)

The McCroskey-Richmond Undergraduate Scholars Conference
Hosted by the Eastern Communication Association

Ololade Akingbade, “Reclaiming the Narrative: Black Voice and Productive Racial
Discourse in Ferguson & St. Louis, Missouri” (poster) (Jackson)

Marlie Austin, “The Role of Mutual Respect in Conflict Resolution” (paper) (Kevoe-

Megan Duero, “Examining the Environmental Protection Agency’s Efforts to Reduce
Consumption of PCB-contaminated Fish: A Case Study” (paper) (Tannebaum)

Alexa Kouvaris, “Stepping Outside the Box: An Ideographic Analysis of ‘Honey, I’m
Good’” (paper) (Pietrucci)

Casey Matsumoto, “< progress > Makes Perfect: John F. Kennedy’s Rice University
Address” (paper) (Pietrucci)

Liss Mendez, Christopher Todd, and Alexander Avila, “The Evolution of the Pragma-
Dialectical Rules in Broadcast Interviews” (paper) (Hoppmann)

Kristina Norris, “Self-Initiated Repair & Gesture by People with Disabilities” (poster)

Hope Oje, Rebecca Stoolman, and Elif Mamak, “The Evolution of Courtship Theory:
Serial Killers Using Conventional Strategies” (paper) (Hoppmann)

Amanda Schwartz, Danielle Kleinman, and Daniel Smith, “Courting Soldiers: The
Revolutionary Rhetoric of U.S. Army and Islamic State Propaganda” (paper)

Lauren Serzanin, “A Crisis on Campus: How the University of Virginia Responded”
(paper) (Kevoe-Feldman)

Courtney Utsey, “Workplace Interpersonal Relationships: The Establishment of Trust,
Trust Catalysts and Leader Member Exchange” (paper) (Williams)

Anna Waresk, “Shifting Ideographs in the Feminist Movement: A Look at Emma
Watson’s Speech” (paper) (Pietrucci)

The 42nd National Undergraduate Honors Conference
Hosted by DePauw University

Jacqueline Gay, “Information Derailment: Crisis Communication on the MBTA” (paper)

The Conflict Conference
Hosted by The University of Texas at Austin

Allison Smith, “Analyzing Family Conflict through Bowen Family Systems Theory: A
Case Study” (Dr. Heidi Kevoe-Feldman)

The DePauw Undergraduate Honors Conference
Hosted by DePauw University

Katherine Desrosiers, “Interpersonal Conflict and Attachment in Close Groups:
Interactional Responses to Deviate Behavior” (Dr. Heidi Kevoe-Feldman)

The McCroskey-Richmond Undergraduate Scholars Conference
Hosted by the Eastern Communication Association

Sonia Banaszcyk, “Digital Feminisms: Debating Gendered Violence in the
(Counter)Public Sphere” (Dr. Sarah Jackson)

Kitty T. Cheung, “Understanding the Sewol Crisis through Hofstede’s Cultural
Dimensions” (Dr. Heidi Kevoe-Feldman)

Elliott Memmi, “Thank You for Revolting: Politeness in the Toolbox of Disobedience”
(Dr. Michael Hoppmann)

Devin Lane, “Do be So Cynical: A Close Textual Analysis of This Is Water” (Dr. Pamela

Eugenia Soiles and Serdar Buyuksakayan, “A Defense of Ilker Basbug: With Modern
Stasis Theory” (Dr. Michael Hoppmann)

Christopher S. Todd, “Ideographs and Emma Watson’s ‘HeForShe’ UN Address” (Dr.
Pamela Pietrucci)

Sarah A. von Oldenburg, Camille Frazier, and Cassandra Moreno, “Threat Perception
and Social Media: Examining Users’ Response to Ebola Messages on Twitter” (Dr.
Tom Meade)