Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate research presents a unique opportunity for student scholars majoring in Communication or Mass Media. Benefits include completing and submitting original research to a campus, regional or national conference; creating and delivering a professional presentation to faculty and students; receiving feedback from scholars in the field; meeting other undergraduate scholars locally, regionally or nationally; learning about other’s research interests; and, learning about graduate studies in Communication or Mass Media.

2014 28th Annual California State University Student Research Competition

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Christine Lee (2014). Communicating Learner Empowerment in a Montessori Classroom. Presented as a Finalist at the 28th Annual California State University Student Research Competition, California State University, East Bay, CA. [Faculty Advisor: Dr. Kendra Rivera]

Ricardo Vasquez (2014). “I Just Need Someone to Talk to:” The Importance of Conversations for At-Risk Kids. Presented as a Finalist at the 28th Annual California State University Student Research Competition, California State University, East Bay, CA. [Faculty Advisor: Dr. Kendra Rivera]

2014 CSUSM Symposium on Student Research, Creative Activities and Innovation

Kristin Grassi (2014). The Importance of Communication for Spreading the Word about Non-Profit Organizations. Presented at the Symposium on Student Research, Creative Activities and Innovation, California State University, San Marcos, CA. [Faculty Advisor: Dr. Kendra Rivera]

Christine Lee (2014). Communicating Learner Empowerment in a Montessori Classroom. Presented at the Symposium on Student Research, Creative Activities and Innovation, California State  University, San Marcos, CA. [Faculty Advisor: Dr. Kendra Rivera]

Martika Ramirez (2014). Communication Interventions for Students with Autism. Presented at the Symposium on Student Research, Creative Activities and Innovation, California State University,  San Marcos, CA. [Faculty Advisor: Dr. Kendra Rivera]

Elizabeth Tarnof (2014). Communicating and Creating Awareness about Cystic Fibrosis. Presented at the Symposium on Student Research, Creative Activities and Innovation, California State University, San Marcos, CA. [Faculty Advisor: Dr. Kendra Rivera]

Ron Tranbarger (2014). Public Speaking: Peer to Peer Revelations. Presented at the Symposium on Student Research, Creative Activities and Innovation, California State University, San Marcos, CA.[Faculty Advisor: Dr. Kendra Rivera]

Ricardo Vasquez (2014). “I Just Need Someone to Talk to:” The Importance of Conversations for At-Risk Kids. Presented at the Symposium on Student Research, Creative Activities and Innovation, California State University, San Marcos, CA. [Faculty Advisor: Dr. Kendra Rivera]

2013 Western States Communication Association Conference

2013 Western States Communication Association Conference

Stephanie Martin (2013). Margaret Sanger: The Ungrateful yet Successful Child of Chance. Presented at the 10th Annual Undergraduate Scholars Research Conference, Reno, NV. [Faculty Advisor: Dr. Michelle A. Holling]

Maricel Alamares (2013). The Hunger Games: Inspiring Hegemonic Disenchantment. Presented at the 10th Annual Undergraduate Scholars Research Conference, Reno, NV. [Faculty Advisor: Dr. Michelle A. Holling]

Joëlle Mestemacher (2013). The Cultivation of Professorial Credibility and its Moderation by Gender in the College Classroom. Presented at the 10th Annual Undergraduate Scholars Research Conference, Reno, NV. [Faculty Advisor: Dr. Michelle A. Holling].  Paper also submitted to the Council on Undergraduate Research, Washington, DC and was awarded an Honorable Mention.

Joëlle Mestemacher (2013). The Cultivation of Professorial Credibility and its Moderation by Gender in the College Classroom. Submitted to the Posters on the Hill, Council on Undergraduate Research, Washington, DC. Awarded an Honorable Mention. [Faculty Advisor: Dr. Michelle A. Holling].  

Katie Hanson & Eric Trockman. (2013). Grief Work and the Utilization of Online Discursive Surface to Mourn and Memorialize. Presented at the 10th Annual Undergraduate Scholars Research Conference, Reno, NV. [Faculty Advisor: Dr. Dreama Moon

Chelsea Daniels (2013). Corporations Can Make Apologies. Presented at the 10th Annual Undergraduate Scholars Research Conference, Reno, NV. [Faculty Advisor: Dr. Michelle A. Holling]

Amira El-Khaouli (2013). Audience, Metaphors, and the 1995 State of the Union Address. Accepted for presentation at the 10th Annual Undergraduate Scholars Research Conference, Reno, NV. [Faculty Advisor: Dr. Michelle A. Holling]

2012 Western States Communication Association Conference

2012 Western States Communication Association Conference

Brianna N. Muehl (2012). A Controversial Redefinition of Pornography.  Presented at the 9th Annual Undergraduate Scholars Research Conference, Western States Communication Association, Albuquerque, NM. [Faculty Advisor: Dr. Michelle A. Holling]

Joëlle Mestemacher (2012). Feminist Rhetoric in Fictional Narratives: A Cluster Analysis of Kate Chopin’s ‘The Story of an Hour.” Presented at the 9th Annual Undergraduate Scholars Research Conference, Western States Communication Association, Albuquerque, NM. Earned Top Four Paper. [Faculty Advisor: Dr. Michelle A. Holling]

2012 CSUSM Student Research Showcase

Katie Hanson & Eric Trockman. (2012). Grief Work and the Utilization of Online Discursive Surface to Mourn and Memorialize. Presented at the Student Poster Showcase, CSUSM. [Faculty Advisor: Dr. Dreama Moon]

2012 CSUSM Undergraduate Student Research Competition

Stephanie Breneman (2012). RISE! Reading Improvement for Student Excellence. Presented at the Undergraduate Students Research Competition, California State University San Marcos, CA. [Faculty Advisor: Dr. Kendra Rivera]

Vanessa Bush. (2012). Volunteer Socialization in Non-Profit Organizations. Presented at the Undergraduate Students Research Competition, California State University San Marcos, CA. [Faculty Advisor: Dr. Kendra Rivera] 

Kaitlin Phillips (2012). Technology Poses Challenges and Opportunities Within the Classroom. Presented at the Undergraduate Students Research Competition, California State University San Marcos, CA. Placed as a finalist for the Statewide competition in Sacramento, CA. [Faculty Advisor: Dr. Kendra Rivera]

2011 Western States Communication Association Conference

2011 Western States Communication Association Conference

Holly Johnson (2011). Celebration at the Stone. Presented at the 8th Annual Undergraduate Scholars Research Conference, Western States Communication Association, Monterey, CA. [Faculty Advisor: Dr. Michelle A. Holling]

Anileni Ortega (2011). Undocumented Immigrants and No Mas Cruces en La Frontera. Presented at the 8th Annual Undergraduate Scholars Research Conference, Western States Communication Association, Monterey, CA. [Faculty Advisor: Dr. Michelle A. Holling]

Anthony P. Cuomo (2011). Suburban Ideals: Reconstructing the American Dream. Presented at the 8th Annual Undergraduate Scholars Research Conference, Western States Communication Association, Monterey, CA. [Faculty Advisor: Dr. Michelle A. Holling]

Brooklyn Dambach (2011). The Influence of Inaugural Speeches in Candidacy and International Affairs.  Presented at the 8th Annual Undergraduate Scholars Research Conference, Western States Communication Association, Monterey, CA. [Faculty Advisor: Dr. Michelle A. Holling]

Michelle Escobar. (2011). Changing the Established: A Pentadic Analysis of Margaret Sanger’s Speech The Morality of Birth Control. Presented at the 8th Annual Undergraduate Scholars Research Conference, Western States Communication Association, Monterey, CA. [Faculty Advisor: Dr. Michelle A. Holling]

Kenneth Jamison (2011). A Rhetorical Approach to Interpreting Boyz N the Hood and Its Ideological Stances.  Accepted for presentation at the 8th Annual Undergraduate Scholars Research Conference, Western States Communication Association, Monterey, CA. [Faculty Advisor: Dr. Michelle A. Holling]

2011 CSUSM Student Research Showcase

Travis Wilson (2011). Facing Patriotism. Presented at the Undergraduate Students Research/Creative Activities Showcase, CSUSM. [Faculty Advisor: Dr. Michelle A. Holling]

Maria Isabel Rocha (2011a). Linking Coachella Farmworkers to Vital Resources. Presented at the Undergraduate Students Research Competition, California State University San Marcos, CA. Earned Second place at the Statewide competition, Sacramento, CA. [Advisor: Dr. Arcela Nunez-Alvarez]

Maria Isabel Rocha (2011b). Linking Coachella Farmworkers to Vital Resources. Presented at the Undergraduate Students Research/Creative Activities Showcase, CSUSM. [Advisor: Dr. Arcela Nunez-Alvarez]

2010 National Communication Association Convention

Alexandra Jackson (2010). It’s Funny Because it’s True: The Therapeutic Rhetoric of American Individualism and Reflections of Nothingness. Presented at the 96th Annual National Communication Association Convention, San Francisco, CA. [Faculty Advisor: Dr. Michelle A. Holling]

2009 CSUSM Undergraduate Student Research Competition

Jessica Timberlake (2009). “Any Questions?”: Revealing Strategies of the Partnership for a Drug-Free America’s “Fried Egg” Ad Campaign. Presented at the Undergraduate Students Research Competition, California State University San Marcos, CA. [Faculty Advisor: Dr. Michelle A. Holling]