Student Spotlight: Kimberly Nelson
at International Communication Association conference
Kimberly Nelson, a graduate student in the master's program, presented her research at the Environmental Communication Graduate Student Preconference, which was part of the larger 2018 International Communication Association conference.
The conference took place in Prague, the Czech Republic, May 24-28. A total of 3,000 communication scholars attended the conference. Nelson presented a case study focusing on the language used by Guam residents when speaking about their island's environmental issues.
"My first experience attending a conference abroad was great. I am happy the faculty and staff at Greenlee, especially Dr. Wald, Dr. Dimitrova, Courtney Witte and Kris Angaran, helped me put everything together so I could attend," Nelson said.
At the pre-conference, Nelson networked with graduate students and faculty members from all over the world who study a variety of communication topics. She said the experience was positive and allowed her to create new friendships and attend research panels in the environmental communication division.
Nelson's major professor, Dr. Dara Wald, encouraged her to submit her research study to the preconference. Wald's recommendation to graduate students is to be confident and submit their research; if unsure, look to the excellent faculty at Iowa State for guidance and support.
"I am so grateful for Dr. Wald's support of my research and the push to get it out there, or I might have missed the opportunity completely. Dr. Dimitrova was also incredibly helpful and supportive during the whole process," Nelson said.