17th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium


The Undergraduate Research Symposium is held annually at Mary Gates Hall to show off thought-provoking projects done by more than one thousand UW undergraduate students of all disciplines. The event includes poster sessions and oral presentations by students from all three UW campuses.

The 17th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium is this Friday, May 16 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Below is a list of Communication students who will be there presenting their projects. Click here for a full list of the proceedings.

Poster Presentation 1 > 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Disability Advocacy: A Cross Cultural Rhetorical/Discourse Analysis

  • Riley Taitingfong, Senior, Communication
  • Mentor: Ralina Joseph
  • MGH 241, Easel #151

Where is the Beauty in Hatin’ On Your Sista? Penetrating the Color Complex in the African-American Community

  • Thamar Theodore, Senior, Communication
  • Mentor: Ralina Joseph
  • MGH 241, Easel #152

Oral Presentation 1 > 12:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

Cultural Stagnancy Abroad: Study Abroad Elements Impacting Student Adjustment

  • Devon Geary, Senior, Communication (Journalism)
  • Mentor: David Domke
  • MGH 228, Session 1C

Re-Imagining Identities: Racial and Ethnic Discourses within Seattle’s Habesha Community

  • Azeb Madebo, Senior, Communication and Anthropology
  • Mentor: Ralina Joseph
  • MGH 228, Session 1P

Oral Presentation 2 > 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Impact of Social Networking on International College Students’ Life Satisfaction Level and Academic Success

  • Serena Correria, Senior, Communication
  • Mentor: Gene Kim (Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity)
  • MGH 295, Session 2N


Are you a junior majoring in Communication that is interested in conducting a research project or going to graduate school? Many of the students presenting are a part of the Honors Program. Find a faculty adviser and apply by May 21 for the 2014-2015 cohort. Questions? Visit the Communication Commons (CMU 118) or email aaldebot@uw.edu.