Department of Communication Studies

Graduate Students Clair Williams and Megan Wharff-Kavanaugh to Present at Sixth Annual UNI Graduate Symposium

Wednesday, Apr 3, 2013

Communication Studies graduate students Clair Williams and Megan Wharff-Kavanaugh have been competitively selected to present their research at the Sixth Annual UNI Graduate Symposium on Thursday, April 4, 2013.

Williams and Wharff-Kavanaugh are both advised by Dr. April Chatham-Carpenter. Below are the abstracts and times of their presentations in the Oak Room of the Maucker Union.

1:20 p.m. • Clair Williams, Mass Communication (M.A.)
Behind the Mask: A Wrinkle Free Analysis of Women’s Perceptions and
Rational Toward the Purchase and Use of Anti-Aging Products
- Dr. April Chatham-Carpenter
In U.S. society, there is great emphasis on attaining and maintaining a youthful
appearance. A qualitative study revolving around responses of 17 in-depth
interviews of women was conducted to better understand perceptions and
potential rational toward the purchase and application of various anti-aging
products and services.

1:40 p.m. • Megan Wharff-Kavanaugh, Communication Studies (M.A.)
Heterosexual Christians and their Attitudes toward Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual
- Dr. April Chatham-Carpenter
As a Christian who supports marriage equality and the movement for social
equality in general, I was interested in Christian attitudes toward LGB
individuals and what factors contributed to those attitudes, specifically those
related to positive attitudes toward LGB individuals. I surveyed 216 self-identified
Christians to answer my questions.