ASU Title III Program Director Connie Leggett and ASU student Danielle Green at last year’s undergraduate research symposium
ASU senior Breanna Person of Decatur, Georgia is curious about the images of African American women portrayed on television. As a child growing up, she questioned the choices made by directors and producers. “I asked myself ‘why are there no African American women on television who look like me?’” Her interest led to a research project entitled, “I’m Not Fat, I’m Thick: The Effects of Media on African American College Women”. Person will make an oral presentation about the methodology, sample and findings of the project at the 2012 Regional Undergraduate Research Symposium on Thursday, Oct. 25 in ACAD 141. “My research is about how African American women do not accept the media images displayed on television. Black women feel that models seen on television of ‘gold diggers, video vixens and Jezebels’ do not represent the positive African American women that they are,” Person said who also created a poster.
She is among 21 Stem and non-Stem students from ASU and visiting institutions who’ll make 10 minute oral presentations throughout the day. Students from Armstrong Atlantic State University, Bainbridge, Dalton State, Georgia Gwinnett and Spelman Colleges; also Tuskegee University and the University of West Georgia will describe their poster projects and answer questions. “This research can advance their career as well as assist them with entrance into graduate school,” said Vanessa McRae, Assistant Director of the ASU Center for Undergraduate Research and event organizer. “Last year, one of our students received a $35,000 fellowship based on her project,” McRae said.
Dr. Roy Wilson, the keynote speaker will open the proceedings. He is the Deputy Director of Strategic Scientific Planning and Program Coordination at the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities of the National Institutes of Health. Wilson’s international research focuses on surveying causes of low vision and blindness in populations from the Caribbean to West Africa.