CMS Graduate Program Recruiting Event
The Communication Studies Graduate Program hosted recruitment events March 3rd and 4th for its prospective graduate students. Eighteen students from across the U.S. traveled to Austin to participate. Students learned more about the program through several panels and events across two days.
As part of the first day of events, students were welcomed to UT and then met with faculty in each program area. Several of the current graduate students (Cassidy Doucet, Jonathan Espinoza, Abigail Hazlett, Jamie Jelinek, Stephanie Menhart, Nathaniel Repay, Maggie Solice, Jaiyu Sun, Yifan Xu, Yating Yang) hosted a panel on graduate student experiences. Later that day, the visiting students observed one of two graduate seminars (Qualitative Research Methods with Dr. Jeff Treem or The Subject with Dr. Josh Gunn) to get some ‘real-life’ experience as a graduate student at UT. Finally, while enjoying perfect Austin weather, students also got to talk with our current graduate students, faculty, and staff at a dinner on the patio of Moody’s Kitchen and Bar.
On day two, Moody Centers and Institutes were featured in a panel with representatives from The Center for Sports Communication and Media (Dr. Jennifer McClearan), The Center for Health Communication (Ed Hunt), The Center for Media Engagement (Drs. Talia Stroud and Jessica Collier), and The Technology and Information Policy Institute (Dr. Keri Stephens). And, we all got plenty of exercise as current CMS graduate student Yohanna Tesfai gave a great walking campus tour around the Moody complex, across the bridge, past the Tower, and up Speedway.
CMS Graduate Advisor, René Dailey, noted that “It was great to meet so many students in-person and for them to be able to see our program in action.” And, CMS Graduate Coordinator, Anne Bormann, said, “I was struck how happy and relieved everyone was to be together for an in-person event. On the exit surveys, students overwhelmingly said the best part of the visit was getting to be in-person to see the campus and meet the faculty and current graduate students in the program.” The department looks forward to many of these students joining the program in the Fall.