2018 Spring Communication Department Research and Project Fair

Written by Karen L. Bystrom
March 7, 2018

Black and white poster for 2018 Communication Research and Project FairStudents from the CMME 4010 Communication Research Seminar and CMME 4020 Project Capstone courses present the results of their hard work on Thursday, March 15, from noon to 2 p.m., throughout three floors of Building 1103. Students, faculty and staff are invited to drop in any time during the event.

The fair highlights the results of original research conducted by students as part of their Communication Research course. They have utilized a range of methodologies including survey, interview, and content analysis to answer questions about the relationships between communication, media, and culture.

A student presents her research project.Examples include

  • Investigation of the use of social media by ice cream shops on nearby Capitol Hill,
  • Examination of the influence that Facebook groups have on trans-racial adoptees’ building of community as adoptees negotiate their intersectional identities,
  • Interrogation of the role that nonverbal communication plays in the functionality of a gym, and
  • Investigation of representations of Japanese culture in anime.

Students will present the results of their efforts in a conference-like poster session. 

Students present projects in the 2017 Communication FairCommunication and Media students’ senior capstone projects are also featured.  Students have applied their communication knowledge and skills to address a social, political, or environmental issue.

Examples include

  • A documentary about the role Spanish language plays in crafting identity for members of the Lantinx community,
  • A feature article about sex education and LGBTQ youth,
  • A podcast about legal sex work in the United States, and
  • A feature article about the lack of representation of Asian American women in television and film.

The event offers students the academic challenge of fielding questions and explaining their research.

Photos from the 2017 Fall Communication Department Research and Project Fair.