Fall 2015 Communication Seniors turn in Thesis

*Listen to Jasmine’s interview here.

On November 16, the graduating communication class of Fall 2015 will be handing in their Comm 498 theses before the 10:00 a.m. deadline on Monday morning.

The graduating class has worked diligently on writing their theses for this capstone class in which every communication major must take and complete to graduate.

Jasmine Beard, SELU Comm senior, shows off her hard work and thesis ready to be turned in on Monday, November 16th.

Jasmine Beard, SELU Comm senior, shows off her hard work and thesis ready to be turned in on Monday, November 16th. Photo Credit: Tori Pajares

The Comm 498 class not only prepares the students to write their papers, but also prepares them for the comprehensive exams and also the colloquium, in which the students present their research findings and argue why their research is important to the communication field.

Senior Jasmine Beard shares her thoughts on her thesis writing experience. “Overall, I think writing my thesis went really well. I did not procrastinate so I think that has something to do with it. I feel very confident about it,” said Beard.

The thesis for the class must be 20-25 pages long and follow American Psychological Association (APA) guidelines. The topic is at the student’s free will, but it must relate to the communication field and also to the focus that the student is studying towards.

Beard also discussed how the thesis can be really challenging. “The hardest part about writing the thesis is doing the research. I actually interviewed 20 people for my study and I met with them face-to-face for about 3 weeks,” said Beard. She also stated that some days she did about 3 interviews a day and transcribed them all to help with analyzing results.

After the theses have been turned in, they will be spread amongst the Southeastern communication facuilty to be graded.

Ricky Poche' shows off his finished copy of his thesis that is ready to be turned in on Monday, November 16th.

Ricky Poche’ shows off his finished copy of his thesis that is ready to be turned in on Monday, November 16th. Photo Credit: Tori Pajares

What’s lies ahead for the soon to be graduating SELU Comm lions? Preparing for the colloquium.

Beard gives a friendly word of advice to incoming 498 seniors. “My advice for other seniors would be don’t procrastinate and do something you enjoy. It was really cool to discover the findings of your topic and research question.”

To listen to the results of Jasmine’s research and the other seniors, the Fall 2015 colloquium will be held on Friday, December 4th.

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