Student Research, Creative Work Celebrated at Schieffer Showcase

A student stands next to a large presentation poster and listens to another person facing away from the camera.

Strategic Communication graduate student Haaris Ahmed listens to Dr. Ashley English while presenting his final project during the Schieffer Showcase on Wednesday, April 19, 2023.

More than 100 students presented more than 50 research and creative projects at the Schieffer Showcase on April 19.

Individuals or groups could submit any creative work or research project produced as part of a Bob Schieffer College of Communication course or affiliated program in the past 24 months. This year’s works included graduate projects and theses; class research projects; podcasts; multimedia storytelling; and a documentary film.

Projects were set up throughout the first floor of Moudy South, allowing guests to wander throughout. Students would give a short synopsis of their work and answer audience questions. Attendees included Schieffer College faculty and staff, students, Provost Teresa Abi-Nader Dahlberg, Honors College Dean Ron Pitcock, Dean of Graduate Studies Floyd Wormley and Reggie Wilburn, Associate Provost of Undergraduate Affairs.

Several students present podcasts and a documentary film at the 2023 Schieffer Showcase.

The annual event is organized by the college’s Research and Professional Development Committee: Penny Kwon, Julie O’Neil, Charity Robinson, John Tisdale and chair Candy Yang.

“Thanks to the extremely supportive and highly motivated students, the turnout of submissions and attendees has reached a record high,” Dr. Yang said. “All administrators, faculty and staff are deeply impressed by students’ excellent research and creative projects, which are innovatively designed, meticulously conducted, and well-presented. I cannot be more proud of our graduate and undergraduate students at Bob Schieffer College of Communication.”

The Research and Professional Development Committee judged and awarded five categories:

  • Best undergraduate research project: Ayesha Dijibo, Mya Estrada, Breahn Fisher and Kelly Weinstock (STCO) for “Trouble in paradise: The Walt Disney company’s response to Florida JB 1557.”
  • Best undergraduate creative production: Anna Christy, Ryann Booth, Raquel Shay, Emily Dearman, Dominick Schiappa (FTDM) for “Beloved” documentary
  • Best graduate strategic communication project: Dana Reed for “Locker Vroom: Diffusion of innovation and humor”
  • Best graduate communication studies project: Breanna Prater for “Biblical womanhood: that’s triggering for me. An examination of identity negotiation in Baptist women in church leadership”

The student representatives from the Schieffer College DEI committee judged and awarded one category:

  • Best DEI project: Suzie Brewer (Comm Studies) for “Gold medals, gender equality, and golf: A look into the life of Mildred Didrikson Zaharias”

And two additional awards were voted on by attendees at the showcase:

“I thoroughly enjoyed getting to use my imagination and creativity to craft a compelling narrative for our case study,” said Fisher. “By leveraging the power of storytelling, we were able to bring our findings to life in a way that was both captivating and thought-provoking for our audience.”