The School of Media and Communication’s Communication Studies Program has awarded its first four seed grants to support undergraduate research and service projects.
• Michael Busza: production of Temple University’s first full-length web series, “One of the Guys,” a show focused on LGBTQ issues.
• Justin Dowdall: presentation of work at the DePauw National Undergraduate Honors Conference, one of the top undergraduate conferences in the nation. His paper was on a quantitative analysis of digital representations concerning the 2011 Bay-area subway protest. It is entitled, “YouTube: Reality Fragments, Activism and the Digitally Disempowered.”
• Nadia Ouazzi: a study related to the Bali Institute for Global Renewal to observe the Balinese culture and apply lessons learned in the Communication Studies Program to the communication styles of the Balinese people.
• Katie Semple: an international project and a presentation at a faith-based conference aimed at abolishing slavery worldwide.
To be eligible for the seed grants, communications and communication studies majors must have a 3.25 GPA and at least 60 credit hours. Applications are reviewed for the educational impact of the work, the creativity that goes into the project and how the project links with the mission and goals of the program.
“It is a delight to see such a wide array of projects,” says Program Director Scott Gratson. “Social justice, research, theory and philosophy, and intercultural communication — it’s all there and this is only the first round.”
All students who are awarded a seed grant will present their findings at a public forum to explain what they learned through the process and explain their next steps.