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Student and Faculty Member Present Paper at Competitive Convention

Student Maureen Cech and Interim Director of Digital Art and Multimedia Design Dr. John Beatty will present at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (Entertainment Studies Interest Group) 88th Annual Convention in San Antonio, Texas on August 12.

Cech, who is the first author of the joint presentation: "Fan websites: Motives, identification and site content", completed her research as part of the Dean's Summer Research Program. As part of this grant proposal, Dr. Beatty worked with Cech in a 400-level undergraduate research course and thus co-authored the presentation.

This is a competitive convention, as accepted, full papers are mostly submitted by faculty, with students usually having graduate status. This latter group typically submits thesis or dissertation work.