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Student Research Projects

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COMMUNICATION RESEARCH

Author:Dallas Morrison
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Edith LeFebvre

Not On Facebook?! An Examination of Interpersonal and Personality Factors

Affecting Non Use of Facebook

Dallas Morrison

ABSTRACT: Several studies using the Five Factor Model have assessed personality traits associated with Facebook use (Ross et.al 2009; Amichai-Hamburger and Vinitzky 2010). However, literature regarding interpersonal communication motivations associated with Facebook use is lacking. Recent research has examined differences between users and non-users of social networking sites. This study evaluates Facebook users and non-users via the Basic Factors Inventory (BFI) and the Fundamental Interpersonal Relations Orientation – Behavior (FIRO-B) assessments. Hypothesis: users of Facebook will not have scores on the FIRO-B and BFI assessments that are opposite from non-users of Facebook. Using a t-test, data from 73 undergraduates were analyzed. Data support the hypothesis. Results indicate other factors may exist, which override personality and interpersonal communication motivations as reasons individuals do not use Facebook. The purpose of this study is to determine whether there is a relationship between fundamental interpersonal relations orientations and personality factorsbetween users and non-users of the Social Networking Site (SNS) Facebook

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Author:Marcos Navarro
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Rustin Vogt

Stress-Assisted Corrosion of Aluminum 6061 in Basic Solution

Marcos Navarro

ABSTRACT: Several studies using the Five Factor Model have assessed personality traits associated with Facebook use (Ross et.al 2009; Amichai-Hamburger and Vinitzky 2010). However, literature regarding interpersonal communication motivations associated with Facebook use is lacking. Recent research has examined differences between users and non-users of social networking sites. This study evaluates Facebook users and non-users via the Basic Factors Inventory (BFI) and the Fundamental Interpersonal Relations Orientation – Behavior (FIRO-B) assessments. Hypothesis: users of Facebook will not have scores on the FIRO-B and BFI assessments that are opposite from non-users of Facebook. Using a t-test, data from 73 undergraduates were analyzed. Data support the hypothesis. Results indicate other factors may exist, which override personality and interpersonal communication motivations as reasons individuals do not use Facebook. The purpose of this study is to determine whether there is a relationship between fundamental interpersonal relations orientations and personality factorsbetween users and non-users of the Social Networking Site (SNS) Facebook

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Author:Theodore Harrison
Faculty Mentor: Dr. David Zuckerman

Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes to Jail: Normalizing Hegemony and Stereotypes of “Black Crime”

Theodore Harrison III

ABSTRACT: This paper expands communication studies by analyzing Tyler Perry’s (2009) film Madea Goes to Jail. The study looked for theoretical themes and patterns that might suggest a compelling social framework for the film’s acceptance and commercial success. It was hypothesized that the film used counter-hegemonic themes to disrupt traditional American cultural hegemony. The author used qualitative ethnographic content analysis to examine the film using Cedric C. Clark’s (1969) Stages of Minority Representation. Upon analysis, the film lacked any significant counterhegemony, thus it is argued that the lack of counter hegemony contributes to the normalizing of mass incarceration and stereotypes of “Black Crime.”

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Author:Ivania Enriquez
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Marya Endriga

Stressing Identification and Identifying Stress:
The Psychological Well-Being of California’s Undocumented College Students

Ivania Enriquez

ABSTRACT: Serving the educational needs of undocumented immigrant students in higher education is a highly polarized topic. Although there is much controversy, little research is available
regarding undocumented students in California or their psychological well-being. This study
uses surveys to measure psychological well-being, acculturation stress, coping and feelings
about documentation status in undocumented students as compared to their documented,
naturalized, or native peers. This study results reveal that undocumented students experience
more negative feelings regarding their legal status than documented students. In addition,
acculturation stress is negatively associated with psychological well-being. Despite several
study limitations, further psychological research with this unique population of college
students appears warranted.

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Author:Ijeoma Ononuju
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Ricky Green

Lions & Bears, Oh My! Creating the Bridge Between Athletics & Academia

Ijeoma Ononuju

ABSTRACT: In an effort to create a more culturally relevant and humanizing approach to the goal of
closing the achievement gap in K-12 education, this study examines and advocates the use
of athletics as a pedagogical model. The athletic model has been shown to be successful in
educating culturally diverse student populations by building upon traditional standards.
Through conceptual analysis of books written by or about the coaching styles of Paul
“Bear” Bryant and Joe Paterno, this research builds a bridge between athletics and
academia. Results show that the athletic model is a viable method for teaching ethnic minority
students.

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