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Symposium honors doctoral research and teaching

Posted May 9, 2016
Photo: Yue Zheng presents her research at the doctoral research symposium.



Jane O’Boyle and Mark Tatge were honored by the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the annual Doctoral Student Research Symposium April 14. 

O’Boyle, 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. O’Boyle was selected for both the quantity and quality of her research. In 2015 she won two top-paper awards from AEJMC, published one book chapter, presented five conference papers and had five papers under review.

Tatge, a second-year doctoral student, received the Graduate Teaching Award. He was lauded for his innovative and engaging approach to teaching business journalism. Tatge holds the Baldwin Business and Financial Graduate Fellowship for Business Journalists at USC.

Prior to the awards ceremony, seven 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:

Khadija Ejaz, Perception and Use of Facebook Usage Amongst Muslim Women

Chris Frear, Media Framing of the Confederate Flag Debate in South Carolina

Jo-Yun Queenie Li, When Colleges Fail Us All: Campus Sexual Assault: Formative Survey Research on College Student Perceptions, Attribution of Responsibility, and Preventive Behaviors.

Jane O'Boyle, College Students' Perceptions of Campus Sexual Assault: A Qualitative Study

Jeff Ranta, Measuring Strategic Communications

Mark Tatge, Assessing the Impact of Online Reviews on Trust and Purchasing Behavior

Yue Zheng, Combing the Situational Theory of Problem Solving and Technology Acceptance model to Motivate Mobile Donations for Nonprofit Organizations