Undergrads present at Women & Society Conference

Two communication majors, Kelsey Schild ’14 and Jessica Furtado ’14, presented their senior project research at the 22nd Annual Women & Society Conference that took place October 25 to 26, 2013 at Marist College in Pougkeepsie, NY. The Associate Provost’s Student Conference Fund paid for their expenses to attend this conference.

Jessica Furtado '14, Dr. Jamie Landau, and Kelsey Schild '14 at the Women & Society Conference
Jessica Furtado ’14, Dr. Jamie Landau, and Kelsey Schild ’14 at the Women & Society Conference in New York

Kelsey’s research presentation was titled, “Would You Accept a Patriarchal Rose?: A Visual and Verbal Rhetorical Criticism of ‘The Bachelor’ Television Show.”

Jessica’s research presentation was titled, “Shades of Feminism: Patriarchy, Female Empowerment, and the Rhetoric of the Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy.”

Kelsey and Jessica conducted their research in a section of COMM 479: Senior Project taught by Dr. Jamie Landau.

Undergraduate research is integrated into the curriculum of the communication major at Keene State College. To graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication, every student enrolls in COMM 479: Senior Project where they design and implement a research-intensive study that caps off their degree in communication as well as they are required to present their research at the department’s Senior Project Conference.

Over the years, communication students have also been competitively selected to present their research at Keene State College’s annual Academic Excellence Conference, as well as at other regional and national academic conferences.

Dr. Halford and alumna collaborate on research

Professors do not always conduct research on their own, nor is it required to have a doctorate to engage in research. Undergraduate and graduate students do research, too!

Earlier this month, Dr. Jeff Halford presented two research papers at the International Association for Relationship Research Conference in Louisville, KY.

AARRconfThe first study, titled “The Halo Effect: Real vs. Perceived Traits Associated with Facial Symmetry,” was a collaboration with Samantha Bissell ’09, an alumna of Keene State College who is now getting a Master’s degree in psychology from City University of New York. The second study, titled “Less Satisfied but More Committed? How the Presence of Children Affects Marital Outcomes,” was based on Dr. Halford’s ongoing research program in marital communication and family planning.