Communication Research Projects

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For the past few weeks, as opposed to writing posts for my blog, I’ve been focusing exclusively on my academic writing in the field of communication.  In my Communication and Conflict course, as I mentioned earlier this month, I began a research project proposal.  I am planning on turning this proposal into my thesis.  My focus is female leadership and the identity conflict that often arises between “female” and “leader.”  While I am still nailing down my theoretical lens and methods, I confirmed my thesis chair and an additional committee member.  In August, I am excited to invite my third committee member on board and to present my finalized research project proposal to the entire team.  Once my proposal has been approved, I can begin my work.

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Additionally, I am thrilled to report that I began collaborating with a classmate on a food-related research project based on the “cooking as inquiry” method.  We asked a professor to co-author this qualitative study with us.

I am waiting to hear back from NCTE’s 4Cs and the Florida Communication Association to see if my conference proposals have been accepted for presentation.  I will keep you posted!

Last, but not least, I have a conference call scheduled early next week with a PhD student at my top choice school.  After scouring the program’s website and reading up on the faculty and their publications, I am excited about the possibility of attending this specific doctoral program.  I plan to apply in late 2015 with a fingers-crossed start date of August 2016.

What kind of researching, reading, and writing have you been doing lately?

The 3 As of A+ Research

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Over Spring Break, I planned on a week at the beach.  Instead, I alternated my time between the ER, the hospital, the doctor’s office, and laying in the fetal position in my bed in agonizing pain.  Kidney stones are torture.  This week, I feel refreshed, happy, and lucky to be healthy.  I am excited to be back to eating, exercising, working, and – my favorite – blogging!

Chiara Ojeda had much more fun over our Spring Break.  One of her projects, an infographic called “The 3 As of A+ Research” can be seen below:

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How might you use this infographic to select compelling research for your next presentation?