As a freshman at college, I am proud to say that I have had my first experience with undergraduate research. In the fall semester, my global experience professor asked a fellow classmate and I if we would be interested in doing undergraduate research on the Occupy protests. As freshmen and communications nerds, we instantly said yes.
The research on my end consisted of reading around 80 articles, finding the circulation numbers of multiple newspapers and coding articles on how the protesters, businesses or government/police were portrayed. We then compiled the data and are to present our findings at our university’s Student Undergraduate Research Forum. However, absolutely none of this would have been accomplished without the amazing work of our advisors, Dr. Amanda Sturgill and Dr. Naeemah Clark.