Comm Student's Story about Teen Pregnancy Runs in News & Record

The series of articles written by Elon Journalism and English major Alyse Knorr as her Summer Undergraduate Research Experience project is appearing in the Life section of the online and print versions of the Greensboro News & Record today and August 20.

To access the articles go to the N&R home page and click on the "Life" tab. It offers links to the stories " They're not just statistics," "Megan: Struggling to stay in school," "Ashleigh: Balancing motherhood and life as a teenager," "Adolescent parenting program: Help close to home," "Staying in school not likely for teen moms" and a multimedia program Knorr produced using Final Cut Pro to edit together photos and audio from her research.

Knorr tells the stories of six young Alamance County women who have become mothers as teens. She began laying the groundwork for the long-form, creative non-fiction project in the fall of 2006, finding a faculty mentor and identifying the concept she wanted to explore. She worked over the course of the spring of 2007 to find research subjects, find a publisher and apply for the university's support for her research, reporting and writing over the summer months. To focus this effort in the spring, she enrolled in a 2-credit independent study course with her mentor, Janna Anderson, that was targeted toward special reporting.

The SURE program offers stipends to students who complete significant research projects under the supervision of Elon faculty members. Knorr's summer stipend in 2007 was $2,700. Well-conceived, in-depth projects are accepted from all disciplines. If you are a student interested in pursuing a SURE project in 2008, you can find more information about the process online at and by talking with your faculty adviser and/or an Elon faculty member who teaches in your discipline.


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