Mentoring Through Research and Practice

Interested in gaining research and practical experience in the field of communication? Considering graduate school and want to gain valuable experience relevant to graduate studies? If so, you may be interested in the Department of Communication’s Mentoring through Research and Practice program.

This mentoring program pairs undergraduate students with graduate students based on their research interests. The program aims to provide undergraduate students with hands-on, practical experience and the opportunity to develop a close, working relationship with a graduate student mentor.

Ideally, the program helps undergraduate students develop a better understanding of the discipline and their research interests. Undergraduate students can obtain course credit for their participation in the mentoring program.* If you are interested in the mentoring program, you may email the Research Liaison, David Roache: roache2@illinois.edu

*Course credit options depend on several factors, including number of communication credit hours completed and student GPA. Please note that availability of grad student mentors depends on graduate student availability and research interests. These factors are evaluated on a semester-by-semester basis, but do mean that we may not be able to match all interested undergraduate students in a given semester.


Mentoring Through Research and Practice: Recent Projects

“Racial Health Disparities Coverage in the USA Today and the New York Times: Prominence, Message Effects, and Unanswered Questions.” Graduate Mentor: David Roache. With Undergraduate Mentees: Christine Kausal, Chengyu Fang, Gail Fernandes, Julie Lanham, David Yoakim, and Katherine Wesoloski. Supervising Faculty: Cabral Bigman-Galimore.

“A Normative Approach To Parent and Adult-Child Communication Across A Parent’s Breast Cancer Trajectory.” Graduate Mentor: Kimberly Pusateri. With Undergraduate Mentee: Mackenzie Neally. Supervising Faculty: John Caughlin.

"Investigating the Communication of Individuals with Diabetes in Online Forums." Graduate Mentor: Erin Basinger. With Undergraduate Mentee: Katie Fayman. Supervising Faculty: John Caughlin.

“Leave the Phone Out of It: How the Presence of Mobile Communication Technology Impairs Conflict Communication.” Graduate Mentors: Kimberly Pusateri and David Roache. With Undergraduate Mentees: Mackenzie Neally, Lauren Inzerra, and Giamarie Garro. Supervising Faculty: John Caughlin.

"Sources of Uncertainty following the Loss of a Parent or Sibling." Graduate Mentor: Erin Basinger. With Undergraduate Mentee: Katie Fayman. Supervising Faculty: John Caughlin.

“Racial Portrayals in Public Media: A Comparison Between Online News Stories and Reader Comments.” Graduate Mentor: Kristopher Weeks. With undergraduate mentees Jeremy Henderson, Melissa Klancic, Medina Spiodic, Amanda Taylor, and Delvan Willis. Supervising faculty: Travis Dixon.

“A Rhetorical Criticism of Presidential Rhetoric in the Clinton Health Care Campaign, 1993-1994." Graduate Mentor: Paul McKean. With Undergraduate Mentee: Adam Smith. Supervising Faculty: Cara Finnegan.

"The Inter-branch Rhetoric of Lyndon Johnson’s FOIA Signing Statement.” Graduate Mentor: Paul McKean. With Undergraduate Mentee: Adam Smith. Supervising Faculty: Cara Finnegan.

“The American University Meets the Pacific Century.” Graduate Mentor: Jillian Moga. With Undergraduate Mentee: Yuanmeng Huang. Supervising Faculty: Michele Koven.

“A Theoretical Examination of the Let’s Move Campaign Using the Health Belief Model.” Graduate Mentor: Tobias Reynolds-Tylus. With Undergraduate Mentee: Kalina Gajda. Supervising Faculty: Brian Quick.