Communication

Research – a systematic inquiry or investigation into a topic – is conducted across the curricula at the University at Albany.  Whether it is using ancient texts or more recent diaries to develop new understandings or analyzing data to find mathematical patterns, research is an important component of your university education. Research begins with a question. What answer will you uncover?

What is Communication Research?

Communication as a field of study develops answers to three main questions:

  • Why do people communicate?
  • What happens as a result of communication?
  • How does communication get accomplished?

How can I do research in Communication at UAlbany?

Some of the areas in which communication department faculty are currently conducting research include:

  • Social impact of new communication technologies
  • Work-life interrelationships
  • Minority health disparities
  • Social-psychological processes in the effects of media
  • Language and social interaction in health-related contexts

You can find more information about the research being conducted by our faculty by visiting their web pages at http://www.albany.edu/communication/research.php

Once you have identified a topic that interests you, you can approach a faculty member who is working on that topic or a related area with a proposal to work with him or her. This might take the form of volunteering on a research project, conducting an independent study, or, if you are in the honors program or thinking about applying to the program, your research might take the form of an honors project. Once you find a research mentor, you will work together to define a suitable research project.

Our faculty are always available to help you find ways to get involved in research. If you have questions about how to get started, contact our Department Chair/Director of Undergraduate Studies, Prof. Annis Golden at agolden@albany.edu

Some other resources to explore:

You may be interested in the annual undergraduate research conference held at the Rochester Institute of Technology. For more information, visit: http://www.rit.edu/cla/communication/events/conference-undergraduate-research-communication/overview

The New York State Communication Association also encourages submissions from undergraduates for its annual conference held in the Hudson Valley. For more information, visit: http://www.nyscanet.org/wp

Examples of Student Research Projects