Five undergraduate communication majors attended and presented their research projects in poster sessions at the Eastern Communication Association conference in Providence, R.I., April 25–26, 2014.
Seniors Haley Brooks, Lauren Cote, and Allison Fingado presented a project entitled, “Mobile Communication and Relationship Satisfaction.” Two other students, Jenny Henriquez and Alia Shafi, were members of the project team.
Ian Webb, a senior, and Da-Von Crawley, a junior, presented a project called, “Cell Phone Usage and Relationship Satisfaction in Romantic Relationships.” Cameron DaSilva was the third member of their project team. The students' projects were completed in their Fall 2013 course, Communication Research Methods, under the direction of Dr. Aimee Miller-Ott.
Graduate students in communication also presented their papers at the conference. Jenna Grzeslo presented a paper on “Representations of Family, Gender, and Sexual Identity on Primetime Television: How ‘New’ is the New Normal?” “’Tea (Skins), Don’t Mess with Hegemony!’ No Room for Deviant, Working-Class Teen Lesbians on U.S. Television” was the title of Carmen Hernández-Ojeda’s paper. John Hernandez gave a presentation based on his MA thesis, titled “Giving Face, Shade and Realness: A Queer Analysis of Gender Performance and Sexuality in RuPaul’s Drag Race.”
At a competitive graduate student poster session, Stephanie Lee presented on “The Calm Before the Storm: The Impact of Organization–Public Relationships During Crises.” Hannah Goodall presented a paper titled, “Stereotypes, Gender Roles and ‘Reality’: The Representation of Women on Bravo TV’s The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.”
Many of the papers were developed in courses that the students had taken with Dr. Jack Banks. Karen Schermerhorn, the academic support specialist for the School of Communication and an alumnus of the master’s program, also gave a presentation, titled, “Ally and Olivia—Miniskirts and Gladiators: An Analysis of Femininity, Sex and Power on TV.”