Scholarship Week & Annual Scholarship Symposium

Celebrating Faculty & Graduate Scholarship

Scholarship Research Week celebrates the ongoing research and creative work conducted in our college, with speakers from our full breadth of subjects, including Journalism, Media Studies, Strategic Communication, Communication Studies, Performing Arts and Digital Media.


On Thursday, April 27th, we will hold our annual scholarship symposium. This year, the symposium will feature a professional keynote address from Dr. Leslie Rill and alumni guest speaker Dr. Jacob Groshek. The symposium will then culminate with a scholarship reception. Events are open to the public unless otherwise noted.


Monday, April 24, 2017


12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m., jPad: Brown Bag Lunch — Professional Research in Journalism and Media Studies
Speakers: O'Brien Fellows Jackie Crosby, Mark Johnson and Maria Perez Sanchez


Tuesday, April 25, 2017


12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m., jPad: Brown Bag Lunch — Professional Research in Strategic Communication and Communication Studies
Speakers: Carol Polacek, Sr. Strategist / Practice Leader Brand Asset Management at Bader Rutter
Erika Luckow, Director of Strategic Communication at Northwestern Mutual


Wednesday, April 26, 2017


12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m., jPad: Brown Bag Lunch — Professional Research in Performing Arts and Digital Media
Speakers: Dr. Karen Slattery and Mark Doremus, JD — Filmmakers for Remembering Bronzeville
Sheri Williams Pannell, Palywright and Director — Welcome to Bronzeville


Thursday, April 27, 2017: Research Symposium


11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Johnston Hall, 5th floor: Poster Session
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., Marquette Hall, Room 200: Professional Keynote Address, Dr. Leslie Rill
3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m., Marquette Hall, Room 200: Graduate Alumni Speaker, Dr. Jacob Groshek

The topic of Dr. Groshek's lecture is as follows:
Netflix and ill? How streaming television and binge-watching might actually be good for you

As television has transformed into an always-on, mobile, and increasingly personalized experience informed by algorithms and sharing, relatively little research has empirically examined its civic, emotional, health, and educational effects. This talk will present findings from survey research that looks at the sometimes surprisingly positive relationships binge-watching has with other social aspects, such as participating in politics and performing well academically. Apart from just examining how people watch television on different devices, results also take into account what types of genres users prefer and how it matters.

4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., jPad: Diederich Scholarship Reception Event for faculty, staff and graduate students (invitation only)



Friday, April, 28, 2017: Research Week Wrap-Up


1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., 707 Hub: Imagining Possibilities: Focus on Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation with Jeanne Hossenlopp, Megan Carver and Kelsey Otero
Discussion open to faculty and staff


Undergraduate Poster Competition

We are also holding an undergraduate poster competition on Thursday, April 27.


2016 Scholarship Research Week Events

2016 Contributions and 2017 Scholar of the Year

2016 Newsletter and Letter from the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research

2015 Contributions and 2016 Scholar of the Year

2014 Contributions and 2015 Scholar of the Year