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Research Opportunities

Collaborative Research

Collaborative research with faculty members can be a valuable learning experience for students. This research often gives students the opportunity to enhance their resumes by producing publications long before finishing their degree.

Previous collaborative research includes:

  • "What Every Parent Should Know"
    Website created for Spring 2008 seminar "Parents & Media Research"
    Faculty advisor: Professor Edward Schiappa
    Seminar students: Heidi S. Croatt, Thomas C. Johnson, Alyssa M. Issacs, Kimberly Klietz, Ashleigh K. Shelton, and Kristine A. Weglarz
  • "The Impact of Family Communication Patterns During Adolescence on Emerging Adults' Psychological Adjustment and Their Risk Taking Behaviors During Adolescence"
    Paper co-authored and presented at the International Association for Relationship Research in July 2008
    Faculty advisor: Associate Professor Ascan Koerner
    Graduate students: Heidi S. Croatt and Alyssa M. Isaacs
  • "Women's Work: Affective Labor, Media Convergence, and the Dr. Phil Brand"
    Paper co-authored and presented at the International Communication Association conference in May 2008
    Faculty advisor: Associate Professor Laurie Ouellette 
    Graduate student: Julie Wilson

Independent Research

Although collaborative research opportunities abound, the communication studies department also makes a strong commitment to supporting students' independent research. For instance, the department regularly provides funds for graduate students to travel to national and regional academic conferences to present their research. The department also sponsors a number of financial awards to support individual research projects.

Interdisciplinary Studies

One of the University of Minnesota's great strengths is its size, which allows and encourages interdisciplinary study to flourish to a degree impossible at smaller institutions. Graduate students can take advantage of the benefits of interdisciplinary study through participation in one of the Graduate School's many interdisciplinary graduate groups. Graduate students in Communication Studies also find support for their research in some of the University of Minnesota's other fine programs.

In the field of communication theory, we have connections with the Department of Psychology, the doctoral minor in Interpersonal Relationships Research, and the Center for Cognitive Sciences.

In the field of rhetorical studies, we have connections with the Departments of Writing Studies, Philosophy, Cultural Studies, and Gender, Women, & Sexuality Studies