26th Annual Undergraduate Communication Research Conference

March 31, 2017

Sponsored by the Department of Communication & Journalism

The annual Undergraduate Communication Research Conference is sponsored by the Department of Communication and Journalism at the University of St. Thomas. It is designed as a celebration of undergraduate research in all areas of the communication discipline, bringing together students and faculty from colleges and universities of the upper Midwest. 


Resisting Respectability, Affirming Dignity: Learning from Harriet, Rosa, Sandra & Bree ‌‌

Catherine R. Squires, University of Minnesota

Dr. Catherine R. Squires is Professor of Communication Studies and Director of the‌ Race, Indigeneity, Gender & Sexuality Studies Initiative (RIGS) at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Squires' work investigates the interactions between social identities, media discourses, and publics. Her most recent book, The Post-Racial Mystique: Media and Race in the 21st Century (NYU Press, 2014), explores the role of the term “post-racial” in representations of American politics and society. She is also the author of Dispatches from the Color Line (SUNY, 2007) and African Americans and the Media (Polity, 2009).

Paper/Proposal Submission Guideline

Proposals for the conference may include, but are not limited to, individual or group research projects, performance pieces and video productions in areas including communication theory, rhetorical theory and criticism, journalism, and media production and criticism. Students may submit one of the following type of proposals to the conference:

  • Individual/Co-authored Research Paper or Project 
  • Panel Presentation

Submissions of completed projects is strongly recommended and given highest priority in the selection process. There is no minimum or maximum word or page count. 

Paper/proposal submissions deadline: February 6, 2017

Conference Registration and Fee

Registration deadline: March 20, 2017
Conference fee: $40 (lunch included)

Schedule of the Day

Friday, March 31, 2017

  • 8:15 - 9:00 a.m. Registration: Third Floor, Anderson Student Center, Saint Paul Campus 
  • 9:00 - 10:15 a.m. Student Panels
  • 10:30 - 11:45 a.m. Student Panels
  • Noon - 1:30 p.m. Lunch and Keynote Address: Anderson Student Center Woulfe Alumni Hall (ASC 378A)
  • 1:45 - 3:00 p.m. Student Panels