Communication Student Wins Top Paper At Conference

April 17, 2017

Communication major, Nejla Day, has been named winner of the Frank Shirley Award by the Southern States Communication Association. Ms. Day earned Top Paper marks at the 27th annual Theodore Clevenger Jr. Undergraduate Honors Conference, part of the annual SSCA convention. Her paper, titled “Fighting Islamophobia: Prejudice Reduction through Contact Simulation with Written Narrative,” tested the effect of an experiment aimed at reducing Islamophobia through imagined positive interactions with Muslim community members.

The Franklin Shirley award honors the most outstanding paper submitted to the Undergraduate Honors Conference. The award was announced during an honorary breakfast in Greenville, South Carolina on April 8, 2017. All students earning the Top Paper distinction were also designated as Clevenger Scholars.

Three other Communication majors from the department were selected to present their research. These students were selected for representing excellence in undergraduate scholarship. Gretchen Bauermeister presented ‘“I’m just Using Everything at My Disposal’: A Qualitative Analysis of the Narratives Surrounding Prescription Stimulant Misuse on College Campuses.” Madeline Bronstein presented “Vanity and Victimization: The Paris Robbery and Media Portrayal of Kim Kardashian-West,” and Lauren Shear presented “Beyond an Online Community: Exploring the Role of Social Media in the Formation of Fan Culture in Sports.”

The Department of Organizational Sciences and Communication congratulates these students for their outstanding work!