Angela Myers ’21 publishes article on user-centered research

Angela Myers (PWR '21) published an article on user-centered research in a refereed, national journal dedicated to undergraduate research in rhetoric and writing.

Angela Myers ’21, a professional writing & rhetoric major, has published “Creating Impact through User-Centered Research” in the 2021 volume of “Young Scholars in Writing: Undergraduate Research in Writing and Rhetoric.”

Angela Myers ’21

Her article focuses on the user-centered methodology that guided her Lumen Prize research, “Rewriting Prevention: A Rhetorical Study of Online Sexual Assault Prevention Courses on College Campuses.” In her article, Myers explores the value of user-centered methodology to professional writing and rhetoric research: “Integrating user-centered methodology into all stages of professional writing research better suits the audience’s needs, especially in social justice research, where a goal is to provide findings that could create a more equitable society.”

Student and faculty reviewers selected Myers’ article as an inaugural example of a new Young Scholars in Writing feature – the methodological reflection. The journal’s faculty editors write, “methodological reflections… illuminate undergraduate researchers’ lived experiences and provide helpful information about the decisions and challenges that go into conducting research, both for future undergraduate researchers and their faculty mentors.”

Young Scholars in Writing publishes research articles written by undergraduates on topics related to rhetoric and writing and that make an intellectual contribution to the field. Young Scholars in Writing submissions are first peer-reviewed by undergraduate students and then faculty-reviewed by editorial board members from higher education institutions across the US.

Myers is mentored for her research by Jessie L. Moore, director of the Center for Engaged Learning and Professor of English.