Celebrating Student Research

We are pleased to have created the nation’s first undergraduate research journal in communications.

In fact, I chuckle every time I see the title of the first student work in the journal: “Mom Just Facebooked Me and Dad Knows How to Text: Influences of Computer-Mediated Communication Through Generations.”

This first issue contains 12 research articles written by students in Elon’s School of Communications. The articles were selected for publication through anonymous peer review by the school’s faculty.

Visit http://www.elon.edu/e-web/academics/communications/research

The Council on Undergraduate Research lists the 60 or so undergraduate research journals nationwide (http://www.cur.org/ugjournal.html), and the Elon Journal is the first to focus on journalism, media and communications.

As I write in my preface, this journal reflects what we enjoy seeing in our students — intellectual maturing. As 18 year olds, some students enter college wanting to earn a degree, but unsure if they want an education. This journal represents the intellectual maturing that occurs by the senior year. The published works make us aware of the solitary hours that students spend in research and the untold hours in which student and teacher-mentor work together to revise a paper for public consumption.

By focusing attention on undergraduate research, this journal helps reinforce all that we think a university should be.

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