Communications students present research at NCUR
Editor's note: This story was submitted by senior Jessica Vitak.
Five senior School of
Communications students were among more than 2,600 students from around the
country to present their research at this year's National Conference of
Undergraduate Research, which was held at the University of Wisconsin,
Whitewater, April 25-27.
The communication students were among 20 students from Elon who attended
the conference. Over two days, students presented past or ongoing research in
oral presentations and poster sessions held on Whitewater's campus. The students'
presentations concerned research conducted in previous classes taken at Elon, as
well as independent work.
Shelby Brown presented her paper, "Gender, Race and Ethnicity in America's
Top-10-Selling Video Games," a paper she researched in Senior Seminar with Dr.
Connie Book during fall semester.
Taresa LaRock discussed the changing role of women on television in her oral
presentation, "Sex and the City: Images of Women on Cable Television." To conduct
her research, LaRock coded the first season of the show for instances of
characters on the show doing domestic activities, as well as mentions of sex,
men, work, beauty, weight and love.
Erica Stanley and Betsy Snavely presented results from their 2001 Winter Term
class, "One Neighborhood, One Week on the Internet." In
the class, which was taught by journalism professor Janna Anderson, students
surveyed Elon families on their Internet uses and gratifications. Stanley also
presented research looking at changes in reporting since Sept. 11. Stanley's
paper was titled, "Ethics and News Reporting of the Sept. 11 Attacks and
Aftermath: The Fourth Estate or the Fourth Branch of Government?"
Jessica Vitak presented her research on the drug war during a poster session. The
project, "Investigating America's War on Drugs," began during Senior Seminar and
has also been published as a continuing weekly series in The Pendulum.