Schieffer College Celebrates Student Research and Creativity at 2022 Festival

Dean Kris Bunton speaks to the guests, students, faculty and staff gathered in the first floor lobby of Moudy South for the annual Schieffer College Research and Creative Festival.


More than two dozen Bob Schieffer College of Communication undergraduate and graduate students showcased their projects, campaigns and films at the 2022 Schieffer College Research and Creative Festival on April 21. The event was in person this year, a year after it was held virtually via Zoom due to the pandemic. Faculty, staff and guests gathered in the first floor lobby of Moudy South to visit with students about their research posters. Attendees voted on their favorite individual project and team project. The College’s research and professional development committee awarded prizes to the following students:

People’s Choice Individual Award Winner:
Jillian Verzwyvelt, “From Stage to Screen: The Digital Mediatization of Ballet”

People’s Choice Group Award Winner:
Collin Gray & Tyler J. Hain, “Conversation Analysis: NIL”

Best Undergraduate Research Award Winner:
Hannah Boss, “Gen-Z and Millennial Perceptions of Social Justice Messages from Churches: Identifying Effective Messaging Frames Using Moral Foundations Theory”

Best Undergraduate Creative Production Award Winner:
Ryan Marks, Andre Giammattei, Lilly Hansing, Caroline Durham, Connor Cash, John Cone, Cole Krauss, Cade Krauss, Isiah Manzannares, Brian Contreras, Gracie Skiles, Iman Suliman, Alise Ford, and Tyresa Oluyide, “Behind the Belt: Featuring Tom Scott”

Best Graduate Communication Studies Award Winner:
Breanna Prater, “Women Protecting Women: An Examination of How College Women Negotiate Their Experiences Surrounding Parties and Rape Culture”

Best Graduate Strategic Communication Award Winner:
Robbie Rae Holmes and Melanie Stolze, “The Online Reaction to Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s DFPS Directive and Its Impact on the 2022 Texas Gubernatorial Election”