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Communication Studies Graduate Students Win 2nd and 3rd Place at CHAS Symposium

Posted on Monday, March 26th, 2012

Communication Studies graduate students Thomas Leigh and Kiranjeet Dhillon won second- and third-place awards at the College of Humanities, Arts, and Sciences (CHAS) 6th Annual Graduate Research Symposium in the Humanities on March 23.

Leigh’s presentation, “Stricken from the Formless Void into Anguished Apprehensibility: The Imperative of Affliction and the Manifestations of Pain upon the Sexed Male Form,” earned him a second-place award of $1,000 and $250 for the e-reader device of his choice. 

Dhillon’s presentation, “’Do Not Be Afraid’: Photographic Analysis of a Veiled, Gendered, and Vulnerable Body,” won a third-place award for her, plus $250 for an e-reader.

Leigh and Dhillon were nominated by Dr. John Fritch, Professor of Communication Studies and Associate Dean of CHAS. 

The adjudicators for the event, which was held in the Great Reading Room of Seerley Hall, were Dr. Joel Haack, Dean of CHAS; Dr. Michael Licari, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs; and Dr. Gregory M. Colón Semenza, Associate Professor of English at the University of Connecticut, and the keynote address speaker.  Semenza is author of several books, including Graduate Study for the 21st Century: How to Build an Academic Career in the Humanities (Palgrave, 2010).

Communication Studies MA students presented three other papers at the symposium. 

  • Comm Studies students at CHAS grad symposiumHeather Lund presented “What?  You’ve Never Heard to Gla-de? How S.C. Johnson Depicts ‘Home’ in Magazine Advertisements.” Lund was nominated by Dr. Laura Terlip.
  • Goerkem Yesilnur presented “The Perception of Public Relations in Academia among Communication Scholars.”  The paper was co-authored with Joan M. Shafer, and was nominated by Dr. April Chatham-Carpenter.
  • Katelyn Santy presented “Caring and Curing:  A Study of CNAs’ Emotional Experience,” which was nominated by Dr. Jayne Morgan.

Department of Languages and Literatures graduate student Tracey Toenjes won first place with her presentation “Dirt, Disease, and Dorian: Redefining Wilde and Decadence within the Victorian Sanitation Movement.”

The CHAS symposium is coordinated by Dr. Samuel Lyndon Gladden, Professor of English and Associate Head, Department of Languages and Literatures.

Photo: Goerkem Yesilnur, Thomas Leigh, Kiran Dhillon, Katelyn Santy, Heather Lund.