School of Communication Studies Alumna Wins Award for Senior Honors Thesis

Megan Carrasco, a 2016 graduate of Kent State University School of Communication Studies, will be recognized with the 2016 Outstanding Undergraduate Paper Award by the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender (OSCLG) for her senior honors thesis.

Carrasco’s thesis, titled, “The Ideal Millennial Working Woman: A Thematic Analysis of How Professional Identity, Image and Career are Constructed Online,” discussed key findings and themes from over 200 articles about millennial women and explored how professional millennial women are discursively constructed online. Carrasco said her research allowed her to learn about the potential situations she could face in the workplace as a millennial women.

Carrasco completed her paper as a senior honors thesis with help from her advisor, Dr. Suzy D’Enbeau, an associate professor in the School of Communication Studies. Dr. D’Enbeau submitted Carrasco’s thesis to OSCLG with a letter of support. Carrasco’s work was selected as co-winner of the award.

“I was ecstatic to receive another award for my work,” Carrasco said. “I was so proud of this project and it just reminds me of how rewarding it is to do independent research.”

OSCLG is an organization that focuses on providing a medium for professional discussion and presentation of research and creative projects in the areas of communication, language and gender, and to recognize those doing work in this area.

Carrasco plans to travel to Oak Park, Illinois to receive her award on Friday, Oct. 14 at the OSCLG 2016 Annual Conference. To read more about Carrasco’s thesis, visit

POSTED: Wednesday, September 28, 2016 09:30 AM
Updated: Saturday, December 3, 2022 01:02 AM
Alexa Thomas