24th Annual Undergraduate Communication Research Conference

April 24, 2015

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.

Keynote Speaker

Jeffrey T. Child, Ph.D.
Kent State University

Jeffrey T. Child is an Associate Professor of Communication Studies at Kent State University. He joined the faculty ranks at Kent State University in August of 2007. Jeff completed his doctoral studies and earned his Ph.D. degree from North Dakota State University in 2007. Jeff’s primary research explores how people manage their privacy when interacting on social media and the impact of a variety of factors on the subsequent communication practices. In his keynote, Dr. Child will address the answers to questions such as

What does privacy mean in the digital era of communication?
Is privacy dead today?
How do we effectively respond to privacy breakdowns in the age of digital communication?
Is there anything that can be done to prevent privacy breakdowns from occurring through social media in the first place? 

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Paper/Proposal Submission and Registration 

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. Submissions of completed projects is strongly recommended and given highest priority in the selection process.

Paper/Proposal Submission Deadline:

Proposal submission forms must be postmarked by Friday, March 13, 2015
Electronic copies of papers must be submitted by Sunday, March 15, 2015
Click here for proposal forms and paper submission instructions  

Registration Deadline:

Registration forms and payments must be received by Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Conference Fee:$40, includes lunch.
Click here for registration form and instructions  

Schedule for the Day

Friday, April 24, 2015

  • 8:00 - 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