A number of
School of Communications students have turned their good ideas and
hard work into positive research experiences. Sometimes the research
is accomplished as independent-study course projects or as funded
research underwritten by grants from Elon's SURE or Rawls programs.
At other times, work generated for courses such as Communications
Research, Media Law & Ethics, Media & Culture and Great
Ideas reaches the point of excellence at which it can be considered
significant enough for presentation. There are a number of excellent
presentation outlets at which Elon students have presented their
work, including the following ...
National Conference of Undergraduate Research
School of Communications students regularly present research at
the National Conference of Undergraduate Research. The following
Megan Livengood presented "Butterfly Kisses and Jesus Freaks: The
Presence of Explicitly Theological Words in Contemporary Christian
Music and How That Presence Relates to Mass Adoption," advised by
presented "The USA Patriot Act and Society: What Are We Giving Up?"
advised by Jessica Gisclair.
presented "Courts and Confidentiality: Should Journalistic Sources
be Revealed in Criminal Versus Civil Trials," advised by Jessica
"Innocent Until Proven Guilty, Right? A Look At the D.C. Sniper
Story," advised by Jessica Gisclair.
presented "Made in Taiwan: A Look at Freedom of Expression in the
Taipei Press," advised by Janna Anderson.
AEJMC Southeast Colloquium
Elon University School of Communications students also present research
at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications
Southeast Colloquium. Recent examples include:
Megan Livengood's research was titled "The Presence of Explicitly
Theological Words in Successful Christian Music." The work was developed
from a capstone seminar project and completed while she was enrolled
in an Independent Research course.
Jennifer Guarino's study was titled "Shaping the Next Generation
of Newspaper Readers." She began work on the project thanks to a
grant given through Elon's Summer Undergraduate Research Experience
For more details on this program, which is open to all Elon students,
Student Undergraduate Research Forum
Between 40 and 80 School of Communications students are accepted
each year to make presentations at Elon University's annual Student
Undergraduate Research Forum. Members of Elon's Undergraduate Research
Advisory Committee review abstracts from students interested in
participating in the event and single out the finest for presentation.
Following are some examples of the type of research presented:
Petronella, "Overzealous Reporting: Publicity about the D.C. Sniper
Violates Accused Rights." Faculty mentor: Jessica Gisclair.
"Courts and Confidentiality: Should Journalistic Sources Be Revealed
in Crimial Vs. Civil Trials?" Faculty mentor: Jessica Gisclair.
"The Pentagon VS. the Press: An Ethical View of the War Between
the Media and the Military." Faculty mentor: Jessica Gisclair.
Reilly, "The Patriot Act: Civil Liberties Vs. National Security."
Faculty mentor: Jessica Gisclair.
"Social Norms and the Prevention of Danger Zones at Elon University."
Faculty mentor: Constance Book.
"A Genre In Search of Identity: The Use of Theological Words in
Contemporary Christian Music." Faculty Mentor(s): Constance Book.
and Erin Moseley, "Internet Predictions Project: Building a 1990-1995
Predictions Database." Faculty mentor: Janna Anderson.
"Made in Taiwan: A History of Freedom of Expression in the Taipei
Press." Faculty mentor: Janna Anderson.
"Soft News in Hispanic and Mainstream Press: A Comparative Study."
Faculty mentor: Don Grady.
"Radio Station Ownership." Faculty mentor: Constance Book.
"The Influence of Minority Ownership in the Radio Industry." Faculty
mentor: Constance Book.
"Convergence and Comprehensive Media Coverage." Faculty mentor:
"Shaping the Next Generation of Newspaper Readers." Faculty mentor:
Knoepffler, "War and Americans: Effects of World War II on the American
People." Faculty mentor: David Copeland.
"Chicago in Black and White: The Chicago Defender and Chicago Tribune,
1920." Faculty mentor: David Copeland.
"What Factors Shape Media's Framing of International Conflict?"
Faculty mentor: Laura Roselle.
Kellie Brielmaier and Wendy Manning, "How the Language of Media
Coverage has been Skewed During 'Showdown with Iraq.'" Faculty mentor:
Julie Leven, Kelly Murphy, Nicholas Rust, Kirsten MacMonegle and
Kristin Simonetti, "Child Pornography Over the Internet vs. The
First Amendment." Faculty mentor: Jessica Gisclair.
Matthew Lupfer, Colin Lessig and Brandon Dent, "Sold to the Highest
Bidder: The 49 North Auction House." Faculty mentor: Tom Mould.
Kylene Moore and Margaret Cabanis-Wicht, "915: A Video Ethnography
of a Greensboro Skate Park." Faculty mentor: Tom Mould.
Amanda Swartzbaugh and Spencer Fastie, "You Cannot Tip-Tip Up to
Heaven: Music and Dance of Elon First Baptist." Faculty mentor:
Beth Fullerton, Caitlin Malloy and Samiha Khanna, "Kingpin Studio:
Best Prick in Town - an Ethnography of a Tattoo." Faculty mentor:
"G-Strings and Leotards: The Portrayal of the Dance Profession in
Film." Faculty mentor: Constance Book.
Rich Evans, Megan Livengood and Allison Jones, "Tomorrow's Television
Viewing Environment? Understanding PCTV Consumption." Faculty mentor:
research at a SURF poster session:
"A Closer Look at Advertisements." Faculty mentor: Constance Book.
Pamela Gallerani, Kelly Kohlhagen and Theresa Petronella, "How Cartoons
are Feeding Kids." Faculty mentor: David Copeland.
Baggott, "MP3's: Stealing or Borrowing?" Faculty mentor: Constance
Idalia Hill, Carley Olsen, Nicholas Tashjia and Alaina Wallace,
"Internet Advertising: Effective or Annoying." Faculty mentor: David
Sean Carroll, Kevin Krout and Awel Gheddai, "Alcohol and Advertising:
Does Anyone Care?" Faculty mentor: David Copeland.
"Visual Representation of Sponsorships and Endorsements in NASCAR."
Faculty mentor: Constance Book.
"Sexual Innuendoes in Children's Animated Movies." Faculty mentor: