Greenlee students showcase their research at conferences
Greenlee graduate students were invited to participate in the Big Ten Graduate Student Conference hosted by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Institute of Communications Research, on April 13. The conference is designed to offer graduate students a platform to share their ongoing media-related research with those who attend. Among the universities that participated were Iowa State University, University of Iowa, University of Illinois, University of Minnesota, Indiana University, Pennsylvania State University, Northwestern University and the University of Wisconsin. The Greenlee School has participated for the past two years as the only master's-level program invited to the conference.
Two Greenlee second-year graduate students were selected to present their research at the Big Ten Conference. Muhammad Fakhruzzaman and Mumtahin Awny shared their research findings during the sixth session of the conference, which focused on historical, geographical and professional analyses of media.
Fakhruzzaman presented his thesis research on the factors that affect the rate of adoption of e-government services among Indonesians. His research has important implications for policymakers and government officials who aim to increase the adoption of e-government services in the country.
"It was a fun conference. It was the most informal academic conference in the world according to the host-making the conference a good place to articulate research comfortably," said Fakhruzzaman.
Awny presented her thesis research on the framing of Rohingya refugees in India and Bangladesh, two neighboring countries that are currently hosting the majority of the Rohingya refugees. Her research empirically demonstrates how dominant political discourse and foreign policy affect media coverage in two Asian nations.
"It was very exciting to present at a conference for the first time. I had a great experience interacting with other graduate students and faculties from other universities. Thanks to Greenlee for providing such a good opportunity-#whyGreenlee," said Awny.
Additionally, Vitoria Faccin, an international graduate student majoring in Graphic Design with a minor in Journalism and Mass Communication, has been invited to participate in the Media in Transition Conference hosted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Faccin will be presenting a research paper that started in the Theory of Mass Communication course (JL MC 501). Her interest lies in understanding how the current digital media environment is challenging traditional mass communication theories. This interest had led her to write a research paper, opening the doors to the Media in Transition Conference at MIT.
"Multidisciplinary collaboration can enrich the college experience. Think about exploring different disciplines; you never know what can happen," said Faccin.