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Award-winning research and teaching recognized at symposium

Posted May 20, 2015
By Ideen Ghorbani, first year M.M.C. student
Photo: (l) - Dr. Ran Wei, Wan Chi Leung, Dr. Andrea Tanner. (r) - Dr. Sei-Hill Kim, Hwalbin Kim, Dr. Andrea Tanner.

Two SJMC doctoral students were awarded for their outstanding teaching and research at the first annual SJMC Doctoral Student Research Symposium.

Wan Chi Leung, a third year doctoral student, received the Bryce Rucker Research Award.  The award is supported by the SJMC graduate program and is in honor of Bryce Rucker, a former SJMC graduate director known for his excellence in research.

Hwalbin Kim, also a fourth year doctoral student, received the School of Journalism & Mass Communication Graduate Teaching Award.  Both recipients received a $500 monetary award.

Prior to the awards ceremony, nine doctoral students presented their most recent research projects at the symposium.  Many of the projects were funded through the SJMC graduate student research grant program.

Information about the presenters and their research is listed below:

Hwalbin Kim (Third year doctoral student): Factors Influencing the Illusion of Knowing in Science Issues: Comparing the role of media attention, interpersonal communication, and elaborative processing in the United States and South Korea.
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Larry Webster (Second year doctoral student): Just One More Episode: Developing and Using a Binge Viewing Index to Explore the Relationship Between Television Binge Viewing and Parasocial Interaction.
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Jo-Yun Queenie Li (First year doctoral student): The Effect of Public Figure Health Narratives through Social Media Regarding HPV: An Application of the Elaboration Likelihood Model.
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Alex Luchsinger (First year doctoral student): Propaganda Pros: The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria’s Crusade to a Caliphate.
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Yicheng Zhu (First year doctoral student):  Economic News Coverage in People¹s Daily about Latin American Economy .
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 Jo-Yun Queenie Li and Jane O’Boyle ( Li—First year doctoral student; O’Boyle— Second year doctoral student): Campus Sexual Assault: Formative Survey Research on Student Perceptions, Attribution of Responsibility and Communication Needs.
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Anan Wan (First year doctoral student): Comparing social media advertising attitudes between advertising majors and non-advertising majors: A media literacy perspective.
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Mark W. Tatge and Alex Luchsinger  (Tatge— First year doctoral student; Luchsinger—First year doctoral student): What Makes Yelp Reviews Useful?
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