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Student Research

Stetson Showcase

A festival of intellectual inquiry held across the campus each April, this event highlights students' research and creative activity in disciplines across the university. In recent years, an increasing number of Communication and Media Studies majors have presented their research at Stetson Showcase.

For a comprehensive list of COMM student presentations over the years, click here

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Austin Tyrrell, 2017: "Colin Kaepernick...Please Rise: A Dramatistic Analysis of Colin Kaepernick's Protest as Symbolic Action"

Ariell Marsh, 2016: "Narrative Theory and Analysis: Bill O'Reilly's Broadcast Coverage on the Trayvon Martin Case"

Lauren Polhill, 2015: "Analyzing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as Presented on Grey's Anatomy: Testing Positive for Realism"

Tyler Andrews, 2014: "'This Dark Diction has become America's Addiction': Afrocentricity and the Manifestations of Nommo in Kanye West's Album Yeezus"

Maris Prize Winners

Natalia Mojica-Arango, 2017: "Hollywood Goes to War: A Rhetorical Criticism of Disney Propaganda During WWII"

Catherine Grace Aguda (with Peter Junior Nyong'o), 2017: "Who Killed Desdemona?"

Taylor Duguay, 2015: "The Integration of Stetson Athletics"

Taylor Smith, 2011: "Hyper Pluralism in the Media: A Rhetorical Analysis"

SURE Grants

Each summer, a select group of undergraduates undertake in-depth research projects of their own choosing under the mentorship of a faculty member. These research projects often provide a foundation for the students' senior research and help to build students' qualifications for graduate study.

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SURE Grant Recipients

Amanda Rogers, Summer 2017: “Trail Magic on the A.T.”

Kai Eckenrode, Summer 2012: “Sustainability, Resilience, and the Future of Environmental Rhetoric.”

Michael Paul Cartledge, Summer 2012: “Communicating About Community at Hipster Church.”

Sarah Holland, Summer 2009: “Chasing Perfection: American Ideals of Beauty as Communicated in Young Women's Magazines.”

Laura Loveday, Summer 2009: “The Rhetoric of the Beecher Family as Exigence Towards the Women's Suffrage Movement in the 19th Century.”

Isa Adney, Summer 2008: “Wearing the Scarlet Letter on the Red Carpet: The Influence of Media Portrayals of Celebrity Women on American Standards for Womanhood.”

Heather Martyn, Summer 2007: "'Not in Our Town:' Public Controversies Over the Presence of Wal-Mart in Florida Communities."

Students have also had their works presented at conferences and selected for publication. Such conferences include the DePauw National Undergraduate Honors Conference for Communication and Theatre, the Florida Undergraduate Research Conference, and the National Communication Association Annual Convention

Buday, K. (2017). Analysis of Masculinity in Super Bowl Commercials presented at the Florida Undergraduate Research Conference in Boca Raton, Florida.

Rogers, A. (2017). Conformity and Culture in 2016's Ghostbusters presented at the Florida Ungergraduate Research Conference in Boca Raton, Florida.

Davis, A. & Schuwerk, T.J. (2013). Influencing factors on social media adoption in county-level emergency management departments. Florida Communication Journal, 41(2), 11-24.