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Graduate symposium honors doctoral research and teaching

Posted April 21, 2017
Photo: Graduate students attending the symposium. (front, l to r) Anan Wan, Nanlan Zhang, Nandini Bhalla, Jo-Yun (Queenie) Li, Dr. Sei-hill Kim (director), Khadija Ejaz, Kelli Boling, Denetra Walker;  (back, l to r) Joon Kim, Won-ki Moon, Hwalbin Kim, Daniel Haun, Jane O’Boyle, Matthew Stilwell



Anan Wan and Jo-Yun (Queenie) Li were honored by the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the annual Doctoral Research Symposium April 19.

Wan, a third-year doctoral student, was awarded the Graduate Student Excellence in Teaching Award. This year Wan taught two courses: Principles of Advertising and Brand Communications and Account Planning. She was lauded by her students for her organization, preparation and for encouraging "productive class conversations." 

Li received the Bryce Rucker Excellence in Graduate Student Research Award. The award is supported by the SJMC graduate program and is in memory of Bryce Rucker, a former graduate director known for his excellence in research.

Li was selected for the excellence in both quality and quantity of her research. In 2016, she had five journal articles published or accepted for publication, one book chapter accepted for publication and has presented five papers at conferences.

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.

The presenters and their research: 

Khadija Ejaz  - Good Manners and High Heels: Newspaper Coverage of South Carolina’s First Female Governor

Anan Wan - Understanding Audience’s Enjoyment of Bullet Screen Videos

Denetra Walker and Kelli Boling - Hands Up, Don’t Shoot: Media Portrayals of Race and Responsibility Framing in Police Shootings

Won-ki Moon and Joon K. Kim - Who is Responsible for Low-Fertility in South Korea?

Nandini Bhalla - #Note7 Crisis: A Critical Analysis of Samsung’s Image Repair Discourse and Publics’ Discussion on the Twitter