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Senior Independent Study Theses from 2022

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Women Of Appalachia: Common Ground, Different Matriarch, Cecelia A. Bagnoli Ms
Department: Communication Studies

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If There Is A God, He's Probably On Wall Street: A Genre Analysis Of Social Criticism In Horror And Melodrama Films, Lily G. Barnett
Department: Communication Studies

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The Scars Of China’s One-Child Policy And The Birth Of A New Reality: A Feminist Rhetorical Analysis Of Chinese Netizens’ Reactions To The Three-Child Policy, Zoe B. Carter
Department: Chinese Studies; Communication Studies

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The Scars Of China’s One-Child Policy And The Birth Of A New Reality: A Feminist Rhetorical Analysis Of Chinese Netizens’ Reactions To The Three-Child Policy, Zoe Boh Carter
Department: Communication Studies; Chinese Studies

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“Orange Is The New Mistreatment?”: An Analysis Of Knowledge And Perceptions Of Incarcerated Women And Their Mistreatment Through (Non)Viewing Of Orange Is The New Black, Nikki M. E. Hoseus
Department: Communication Studies; Sociology and Anthropology

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How Black Women Experience International Travel: A Racial Rhetorical Analysis of Stephanie Perry’s YouTube Videos, Olivia James
Department: Communication Studies

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Exploring The Name, Image And Likeness Legislation Within Collegiate Athletics, Hamilton L. Johnson
Department: Communication Studies

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An Examination Of The Communication Techniques, Styles, And Characteristics Of Prominent Real Estate Professionals, And The Organizational Culture Of Their Respective Firms, Ben Kuhn
Department: Communication Studies

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Environmental Socialization In College: A Survey Research And Network Analysis Of Changes In Climate-Conscious Concerns And Behaviors, Bijeta Lamichhane
Department: Communication Studies; Mathematics

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Business Development: An Analysis Of Time, Human, And Technology Resources To Benefit Corporations, Nga Thuy Le
Department: Communication Studies; Statistical and Data Sciences

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Follow Your Arrow Wherever It Points: How Fandom Forms And How Fandom Interprets Gender Dynamics Through Kacey Musgraves, Noah Levy
Department: Communication Studies; Sociology and Anthropology

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Inside Of Influencers: An Analysis And Framework Of Social Media Influencers’ Self-Branding Practices., Alison Lindsey-Noble
Department: Communication Studies

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Exploring The Black Entrepreneur In America: The Relationship Between Black Business And Society, Khaylen M. Mahdi
Department: Business Economics; Communication Studies; Economics; Psychology; Sociology and Anthropology; Interdepartmental

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Feelin' Groovy: A Visual Rebranding Of Radio Corporation Of America Records, Elijah Christian Miller
Department: Communication Studies

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"Not Liberating Women Means The Building Of A Socialist Society Is Only Half-Way Done": A Feminist Analysis Of Ho Chi Minh'S Advocacy For The First Law On Marriage And Family In 1959 Vietnam, Hannah Nguyen
Department: Communication Studies

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Postive, Negative, And Apocalyptic Climate Messages: In Affecting Attitudes And Possible Future Behaviors Toward Sharks, Truong "School" Nguyen
Department: Communication Studies; Environmental Studies

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Time 4 Change: A Lyrical Analysis Of Conscious Rap Songs During The Black Lives Matter Era, KeaShaun Phillips
Department: Communication Studies

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Balancing The Limits Of Black Masculinity: Navigating Online Discourse On Black Men'S Mental Health, Kai Rodgers
Department: Communication Studies

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A Cause-Marketing Analysis Of The PGA, Dominic A. Stilliana
Department: Communication Studies

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Identity Construction In Former Foster Care Children, Elizabeth Testamark
Department: Communication Studies

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Identity Construction In Former Foster Care Children, Elizabeth J. Testamark
Department: Communication Studies

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Learning In Virtual And In-Person Elementary Classrooms: The Effects Of Technology While Teaching/Learning And Immediacy Strategies Before, During, And After The Covid-19 Pandemic, Katie Elizabeth Thompson
Department: Communication Studies; Education

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Subverting The Social Stigma Of Stepmothers. An Idealogical Analysis Of Netflix’s Original Korean Drama Mine On The Idealistic Images And Portrayal Of Step-Motherhood, Minh Tran
Department: Communication Studies

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Sweeney Todd: Adaptation Across Media & Time, Jack E. Williams
Department: Communication Studies

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Queer Style: Documenting Manifestations Of Queer Identity Through Fashion, Mariam Zghuladze
Department: Communication Studies; Global Media and Digital Studies

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2021

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Disconnect: A Rhetorical Analysis of the Debate Over Ohio's EdChoice Program, Kennedey Bell
Department: Communication Studies

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Black Outside: A Film Exploring Black People’s Relationships With Outdoor Spaces, Zoie Bills
Department: Communication Studies

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"Right Away M'Lady": An Explanation of Social Class and Gender Within Women Relationships in "Downton Abbey", Maggie Brown
Department: Communication Studies

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The "Shut Up and Dribble" Conundrum: A Qualitative Cyber Ethnographic Analysis of LeBron James’ and Stephen Curry’s Social Media Activism on The Black Lives Matter Movement and Low-Income Education, Chloe Lynn Burdette
Department: Communication Studies; Global Media and Digital Studies

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Implicit and Explicit Messages in Advertisements on Social Media: A Quantitative Analysis of Consumer Reactions to and Perceptions of Product Endorsements on Instagram, Cassianna Marie Buzzelli
Department: Communication Studies

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“Sisters Are Doin’ It for Themselves”: Creating a Financial Literacy Workshop for College-Aged Women on the Relationship Among Spending, Saving, and Investing, Lesley Chinery
Department: Communication Studies

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The Other Is Us: A Critical Analysis of Race in Jordan Peele's Us, Danté Fair
Department: Communication Studies

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The Ghosts of Grief: An Exploration of Gothic Influence in 2010s Horror Cinema, Halen Gifford
Department: Communication Studies; Film Studies

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Brand Identity and Brand Alignment in Corporate Political Advertising: A Rhetorical Analysis of Penzey Spices’ Facebook Ads Opposing Donald Trump, Beau H. Greenwood
Department: Communication Studies

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Who's Watching Who? Inverting the Capitalist Gaze in News Images of Mark Zuckerberg and Jeff Bezos, Laura Haley
Department: Communication Studies

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Rednecks, Hillbillies, and White Trash in the Living Room: A Rhetorical Analysis of Reality Television's Construction of Appalachian Regional Identity, Bradlee Elizabeth Hartman
Department: Communication Studies

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'It's Time For One of Us': A Feminist Rhetorical Analysis of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's First Term in Congress, Sarah Ives Hopkins
Department: Communication Studies

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To Be and Not to Be: Successful and Motivated in the Classroom, Antuoine Hunt-Strong
Department: Communication Studies

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“Yes, I Do Play Like A Girl”: Sports Media and Gendered Representation of the 2016 USA Olympic Basketball Teams, Maria Janasko
Department: Communication Studies

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“We Need Your Help”: The Rhetorical Construction of the Citizen Detective in True Crime Podcast Jensen and Holes: The Murder Squad, Amelia A. Kemp
Department: Communication Studies; Sociology and Anthropology

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“Kamala Harris, for the People”: A Feminist Rhetorical Analysis of Kamala Harris’s 2020 Democratic National Convention Speech, Gabija Liffick
Department: Communication Studies

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Sorry, I Think You’re Muted: A Typological Content Analysis on Tele-Education, Katherine Lindelof
Department: Communication Studies

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Female Rap Artists Relation to Fan Identity, Kobe Matesic
Department: Communication Studies

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A Continuación, Black Lives Matter: An Ethnographic Analysis of the Latinx Community’s Perceptions of the African American community Through the Events Surrounding the Black Lives Matter Movement, Natalia E. Parra Diaz
Department: Communication Studies; Spanish

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《异乡人》“Strangers”: A Visual Ethnography about Expat Teachers in China during Covi-19 Pandemic, Xinyu Pei
Department: Communication Studies; East Asian Studies

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Turning Conceptions of Family ‘Upside Down’: Non-Familial Families Provide Social Support and Communal Coping as a Form of Social Support in Stranger Things, Sophia Deanna Pellar
Department: Communication Studies

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"Pharmageddon": A Rhetorical Analysis of the 21st Century Anti-Vax Movement, Sarah Renaker
Department: Communication Studies

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Breaking News: Sustainable Fashion is In and Fast Fashion is Out; Constructions of Sustainable Consumption in Fast Fashion Advertising, Camryn Eve Rosenstein
Department: Communication Studies

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I Saw the Sign: A Content Analysis of Media Coverage of the 2017 Houston Astros Cheating Scandal, Stephen W. Spidell
Department: Communication Studies

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(DSO)hhh They're an Influencer: An In-depth Analysis of the Social Media Strategies Used by Direct Selling Distributors to Personally Brand Themselves and Build Relationships, Reyka Beth VanSickle
Department: Communication Studies

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Embracing Latinidad: Expressions of Latinx Culture in The United States, Victor Romario Villanueva
Department: Communication Studies

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A Whole Other World to See: A Rhetorical and Visual Analysis of Autism Spectrum Disorder in Children's Literature, Kayla Way
Department: Communication Studies

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Students’ Interactions in Different School Systems on the Same Campus: A Comparison Between Traditional Chinese High School Students and International Chinese High School Students, Bohao Xia
Department: Communication Studies

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2020 Summer Stories: Personal Narrative, Sensemaking, and Memory During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Delaney Zuver
Department: Communication Studies

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2020

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Making a Murderer : Examining Portrayals of the Police and Judicial System in the True Crime Genre, Michael Appel
Department: Communication Studies

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The Spiral of Silence: A Study of the Political Climate on the College of Wooster Campus, Blair Besancon
Department: Communication Studies

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“One Identity at a Time”: A Content Analysis on Race, Gender, and Family Dynamics in the 2017 Series “One Day at a Time”, Bailey N. Bradshaw
Department: Communication Studies

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"First the Pain, Then the Rising": Assessing Student Knowledge of Title IX Policies and Procedures at the College of Wooster, Kaci A. Carpenter
Department: Communication Studies

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The Relation of Personality and Communication Traits on Responses Against Microaggressions, Gustavo Duran
Department: Communication Studies

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Commercializing Lifestyles: An Analysis of Lifestyle Brand Identities and Consumer Engagement in Post-War Mass Media, Daniel Engel
Department: Communication Studies; History

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Cashing In On Kaepernick: A Visual Ideological Analysis of the Commodification of Racial Equity and Inclusion in Nike's "Equality" and "Just Do It" Advertising Campaigns, Ben Ferling
Department: Communication Studies

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This Whole Period Thing is Cramping My Style: A Quantitative Study of Tampon Advertisements' Portrayal of the Female Identity, Catherine Fiorito
Department: Communication Studies

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Reigniting the Flame of Purpose: Exploring the Unique Open-Ended Interactive Narrative of Dark Souls, Nicholas Godsey
Department: Communication Studies

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Banksy’s New York State of Mind: A Visual Critique of Banksy’s 2018 New York Art as Social Protest by Means of Culture Jam, Megan E. Gross
Department: Communication Studies

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Flipping Out: The Influence of the Flipped Classroom on the Student-Teacher Relationship, Connor Kalish
Department: Communication Studies

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Indigenous Adoption Rhetoric: Neo-colonialist Practices In Adoption Advertisements In Canada And The US, Isaiah Bemidji Logan
Department: Communication Studies

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Teamwork Makes the Dream Work: The Relationship between Peer Influence, Motivation, and Identity in Collegiate Student-Athletes, Grady Michael McHugh
Department: Communication Studies

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Does This Grant Them Agency? An Analysis of the Female Athlete as Portrayed in ESPN's Body Issue, Aubri McKoy
Department: Communication Studies

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Kiss Me Through the Phone: A Qualitative Study of Consumption and Identity Performance on Social Media Among College Students, Kacy Elizabeth Muthiora
Department: Communication Studies

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Women Like Her Aren't Supposed to Run for Office: A Philosophical Unpacking of Resistance in the American Political Sphere and a Rhetorical Analysis of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Tweets, Grace O'Leary
Department: Communication Studies; Philosophy

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We're All in This Together: The Relationship Between Friends and Ethnic Identity for Multi-Ethnic Individuals in Emerging Adulthood, Mia Palmejar-Takaki
Department: Communication Studies; Psychology

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#Kancelkulture: An Analysis of Cancel Culture and Social Media Activism Through the Lens of Minority College Students, Korri E. Palmer
Department: Communication Studies

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The Best Masculinity Can Be: Analyzing Tweets About an Ad That Has Shaped How We View Masculinity Through the Lens of Standpoint, Justin Robinson
Department: Communication Studies

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You Think You Do, but You Don’t: An Investigation of Fandom and Nostalgic Media Through an Analysis of World of Warcraft Classic, David Andrew Schulz
Department: Communication Studies

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Laughing Matters: Late-Night Political Comedy Television & Individual-Level Affective Polarization, Nicholas R. Shereikis
Department: Communication Studies; Political Science

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Journey to the West: A Rhetorical Analysis of Asian Hip Hop Subculture, Devyn Smith
Department: Communication Studies

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Don't Hate The Player, Hate The Game: A Rhetorical Analysis Of Media Messages About The Partnership Between Jay-Z And The NFL, Aaron Spidell
Department: Communication Studies

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"A World of Inclusion": A Rhetorical Analysis of the Special Olympics Website and Its Construction of Identity for People With Disabilities, Nicholas Strausbaugh
Department: Communication Studies

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Understanding Behavioral and Emotional Responses to Frames Used by Animal Rights Organizations in the United States and France, Alysa Tarrant
Department: Communication Studies; French and Francophone Studies

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Welcome to the Masquerade: Deception in the Preliminary Job Search Process, Rebecca D. Wells
Department: Communication Studies

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Use Your Head: A Frame Analysis of Digital Media on Concussions in the National Football League Using the Health Belief Model and the Extended Parallel Process Model, Harrison Stow Witwer-Dukes
Department: Communication Studies

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2019

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Projecting China’s National Identity: A Visual Rhetorical Analysis of the 2017 Nanjing Massacre Commemoration, Joe Altieri
Department: Communication Studies

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Language of Disability, Language of Disorder: An Investigation of Lived Experiences and Perspectives of Individuals on the Autism Spectrum with Respect to Communicative Interventions, Rebekah Burkhart
Department: Communication Studies

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Hard to Swallow: A Comparison of Speech-Language Pathologists' and Occupational Therapists' Perspectives on Dysphagia Management Practices in Elementary Schools, Arianna E. Collins
Department: Communication Studies

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You Can Do It, You're Smart! Fixed and Growth Mindset Feedback Delivered by Teachers and Speech-language Pathologists in Early Childhood Contexts, Chelsea Copley
Department: Communication Studies

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Recoloring the Past: An Analysis of How Damien Chazelle Blends Traditional Musical Elements With Contemporary Values and Techniques in his 2016 Film 'La La Land', Gabe Gerry
Department: Communication Studies; Film Studies

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It Should be a No-Brainer: Higher Education Institutions' Accommodations for Students with Traumatic Brain Injury, Danielle Golden
Department: Communication Studies

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iFelt it: The use of flannel boards and iPad technology for hands-on vocabulary learning in early childhood, Hayley C. Hardcastle
Department: Communication Studies

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"Come for a Day or Come to Stay": An Intertextual Spatial Analysis of the Constitutive Rhetoric of the Twelve Tribes, Daniel Hazlitt
Department: Communication Studies

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Covered Asians: An Examination of Asian-Americans on American Magazine Covers from 2012-2018, Nicholas T. Huang
Department: Communication Studies

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Project Blue Line: A Study of Organizational Culture and Leadership Within U.S. City and College Police Departments, Tanner Kaplan
Department: Communication Studies

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An Examination of Athlete Experiences with Coaching Aggression in Relation to Several Coach Factors, Athlete Factors, and the Coach-Athlete Relationship, Justin James Klupp
Department: Communication Studies

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Perseveration or Perseverance: Investigating Interpretations of Echolalia, Self-Stimulatory Behaviors, and Intervention Approaches for Children Who Have Autism, Ashlynn Rae Kufleitner
Department: Communication Studies

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Cued In: The Examination of Speech-Language-Pathologists' Familiarity, Perceptions of Effectiveness, Selection and Modification of Cueing Hierarchies When Targeting Single Words When Working With People With Aphasia, Zoe Kuhn
Department: Communication Studies

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Manvertising: An Analysis and Rebranding of Axe's Advertisement Campaign, "The Axe Effect", Grant Merrill
Department: Communication Studies

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Do You Hear What I Hear? An Investigation of Bilateral and Unilateral Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder and Audiologists' Recommendation for Hearing Technology Options, Marlee Pavlechko
Department: Communication Studies

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Navigating Between The Past And The Future: Cultural Prudence And Identification In Barack Obama's May 2016 Address In Hanoi, Vietnam, Linh K. Pham
Department: Communication Studies

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We, the Users of the Internet: Using Digital Game-Based Learning to Teach Digital Citizenship Skills to Middle School Students, Brian Pousak
Department: Communication Studies

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Mommy Goes to Work: An Analysis of Serena Williams' Multi-Faceted Identity, Mary McKenzie Reese
Department: Communication Studies

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Picture Pawfect: The Utilization of Websites by Small Animal Welfare Organizations, Grace Riely
Department: Communication Studies