Recent M.S. Theses & Projects
M.S. students must complete a research thesis or a research project as a part of their master’s degree program.
Plan A: Research Theses
Below is a list of some recent research theses. Students select the topic of their thesis based on their personal research interests and in consultation with Journalism and Media Communication faculty members. Copies of these theses may be accessed through the CSU Digital Repository, an open showcase of CSU student work.
Downing Bice, Channing. The relative persuasiveness of health infographics.
Rodenbaugh, Mikaela. Virtual reality and news audiences: empathy or more?
Gallegos, Thomas. Instaman: a case study of male identity expression on Instagram.
Bombardi-Bragg, Madeline. Exploring apps users' experiences with app notifications.
Johnson, Chance. Personality traits and their effect on Facebook user habits.
Koroulis, Catharine Kelly. Message effectiveness in the local food context.
Norton, Meghan. Strategic planning for the Loveland Sculpture Invitational.
Fleming, Kevin. Finding a story for ending mental health stigma.
Stewart, Megan. Discourse analysis of media coverage if climate change.
Plan B: Research Project
Below is a list of some recent research projects. Copies of these projects are not publicly accessible because of the proprietary nature of the information.
Timofte, Alina. (2019). CSU's Center for Autism Research and building a strong online community of parents/guardians of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Young, Heather. (2018). Effectiveness of promotion or prevention message frames on food storage messages about black bears.
Burnett, Kristy. (2015). Research, development, and evaluation of a public outreach communication plan and products of resource management and wildlife issues.
Sintek, Kaci. (2013). Analysis of the online and print readership for a specialized sports magazine.