College of Communication and Information Ph.D. Student Honored for the Second Year in a Row during Annual Graduate Research Symposium

Bill Kelvin, a third-year Ph.D. student within the College of Communication and Information recently participated in the 31st annual Kent State University Graduate Student Symposium and received Most Outstanding Presentation in the Human Behavior Panel. Kelvin presented his research: Quiet champions or energy wasting nags? Interpersonal advocacy of pro-environment behavior in the workplace.

This is Kelvin’s second year in a row receiving the most outstanding presentation honor.

“I have a background in competitive public speaking, so any chance I get to get back in the game, so to speak, is a thrill. Win or lose, I enjoy pushing myself,” Kelvin said. “As far as actually winning, I have seen nothing but high quality work out of Kent State’s graduate students, and those who take the time to craft their work for public discussion tend to be especially motivated. So to be recognized as standing out among a group I already hold in high esteem is flattering, and honestly I worry that I do not deserve it.”

The symposium is the largest annual research event on campus, showcasing nearly 300 individual presentations. The oral and poster presentations feature graduate students from a wide variety of disciplines.

Kelvin said he competed against mostly psychology graduate students for his panel. He accredits his success to practice – as well as finding ways to nonverbally convey abstract ideas and repeating messages to enhance understanding.

He plans to return to the symposium again next year, determined for another win.

Three other communication studies graduate students participated in the event with the following research topics:

  • Zach Humphries: How athletes of race are portrayed in the media: The portrayal of Latino and Asian baseball players on ESPN: Sunday Night Baseball
  • Daniel Socha: Rationalizing resettlement: Construction of the ideal refugee in cultural orientation resources
  • Shawn Starcher: Trauma, anxiety, and depression

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POSTED: Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 4:51pm
UPDATED: Monday, May 2, 2016 - 10:09am