Four student research projects from College Writing were featured at the Fall 2023 Undergraduate Research Symposium
Students presenting work from College Writing include:
- Amanda Gary, “Energy Drink Consumption in U.S. College Students: Marketing Differences Based on Gender.”
- Emily Hung, “Selling Femininity in the Wilderness: An Analysis of Social Media Representation of Women in Outdoor Recreation Apparel Companies.”
- Marissa Mathieson, “Invisible Indian: Navigating Native American Identity in the Face of External Influences.”
- Elena Wierich, “ ‘No Me Diga’: Contrasting Portrayals of Spanish in In the Heights (2021) and West Side Story (2021).”
Q&A with Emily Hung about Her Symposium Experience
How did you come up with the idea for your project?
"I’ve always been passionate about accessibility and diverse engagement in outdoor recreation! Since I was in Power and Commodity Culture, it felt relevant to use the lens of social media and marketing to examine what narratives are being told and what the consequences might be in profit-focused ad campaigns."
How did your understanding of what it means to do “research” change through your work on this project in College Writing?
"I had always thought research was something that had to happen in the field, but this research project helped me understand that anyone can do research from wherever they are and on whatever they are curious about!"
What was your favorite part of participating in the Undergraduate Research Symposium?
"I really enjoyed talking to people about new directions and deeper questions to explore for future research!"
What advice do you have for current College Writing students about submitting their work to a future UR Symposium?
"This was such a valuable experience that exposed me to all the different ways research can “look” and inspired me to want to continue exploring the questions that spark my curiosity. If you feel passionate about what you’re researching, get excited talking about what you’ve discovered, and want to share your hard work with your peers, the OUR Symposium is the perfect opportunity to share, learn, and grow!"