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Undergraduate Research Spotlight

Spring 2021

Welcome Back Beloved Class of 2020!FCRH Undergraduate Research Spotlight

We are so excited to reunite with the Class of 2020 at their Commencement on June 6. In honor of this, FCRH is delighted to spotlight one of their undergraduate research stars, Ashley Chenery. In the summer of 2019, Ashley received a FCRH Undergraduate Research Grant to complete an independent project. Her research in the field of Communication and Media Studies (CMS) was focused on Instagram use and adolescent male body image. She conducted surveys to gather data under the supervision of Dr. Lewis Freeman; and in the end, she was given the opportunity to present her findings at the Eastern Communication Association’s Undergraduate Scholars Conference as well as at the FCRH Undergraduate Research Symposium. Ashley describes so well our hopes for this program:

It was incredible to participate in the scholarly investigation of things I care about, and I realized that, hey, I can actually do this!

We poignantly remember Ashley getting ready to travel for her presentation just as the country shutdown in March 2020. Now, Ashley intends to pursue research, hopefully one day as a CMS professor. Since graduating, she has taken a gap year to focus on teaching, serving an AmeriCorps position with Reading Partners in NYC, tutoring public elementary school students in literacy. Ashley is also a Fulbright semi-finalist. We relish celebrating her continued success and the chance to see her again soon!

The Scope and Impact of Undergraduate Research

Each month, Fordham College at Rose Hill is proud to share highlights from our thriving undergraduate research program. Our students are actively involved in faculty-mentored research across disciplines, participating in a range of activities including utilizing state of the art equipment in our labs, meeting with patients in medical settings, spending time in the community interviewing and surveying members to achieve a greater understanding of historical and contemporary questions, reviewing source data in New York City and even around the world, as well as collecting specimens in the field for our many projects based in environmental settings. Excitingly, our students' contributions have considerable impact in their respective fields and to their professional development.