Both as a graduate student and now a faculty member, collaborative student-faculty research projects have been the most rewarding academic experiences of my career. I occasionally have research projects on which I need research assistance. However, I prefer to work with students on truly collaborative projects that we develop together as equal research partners.
At the School of Journalism & Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota, I've worked with individual students on research projects and have helped start semi-formal research groups organized around students' interests. Below is a list of completed projects that have come out of these collaborations. Additional projects are ongoing.
If you're a prospective graduate student and would like to know more about student-faculty research collaborations in the School of Journalism & Mass Communication, I encourage you to read this article in the school's magazine, the Murphy Reporter, or email me for more information.
Watson, B.R., & Cavanah, S.(advanced online publication). Community Information Needs: A Theory and Methodological Framework Mass Communication & Society.doi: 10.1080/15205436.2015.1059948
Watson, B.R., Zamith, R., Cavanah, S., & Lewis, S.C. (advanced online publication). Are Demographics Adequate Controls for Cell Phone-Only Coverage Bias in Mass Communication Research? Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly.
Watson, B.R. & Chen, M. (advanced online publication). @todayin1963: Commemorative Journalism, Digital Collective Remembering, and the March on Washington. Journalism Studies.
Housholder, L.*, Watson, B.R., LoRusso, S.*, Dolbin, J.*, & Adhikari, S.R.*(2014). Does political advertising lead to online information seeking?: A real-world test using Google search data.. Paper accepted for presentation at the Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication, Montreal, Canada.*Denotes graduate student authors.