Members of the COPS group attended a mini-retreat, organized by Dr. Hillary Shulman, during OSU's fall break this past Thursday.
The mini-retreat contained long-form presentations and a high-density panel, during which graduate students and faculty members shared projects at various points of completion. Presenters elicited feedback on a range of topics including identifying the most compelling framing of complete pieces, how to code complex qualitative data, how to frame a piece for communication journals, and how to build a comprehensive research plan for future job talks.
The retreat also featured small-group discussions. One discussion focused on in-progress study ideas for members to bounce off others with different expertise and to also seek potential collaboration. The other small-group discussion concerned the future of political communication studies.
The itinerary of the mini-retreat is listed below.
Long form presentations: approx 20 minutes with 10 minutes of questions
9:00-9:30: Robert Bond, faculty
9:30-10:00: Jacob Long, graduate student
High-density panel: approximately 5 minutes, 15 minutes of feedback
10:00-10:20: Olivia Bullock, graduate student
10:20-10:40: Matt Sweitzer, graduate student
10:40-11:00: Daniel Sude, graduate student
Lunch (featuring delicious pizza)
Small group discussions:
11:45-12:15: In-progress study ideas, brainstorming excercises
12:15-12:45: The future of political communication- what is the next big idea? Next hurdle for the discipline to tackle? Areas of opportunity?
Recap: Closing thoughts
12:45-1:00: Ending thoughts and group picture.
PhD student Olivia Bullock presenting during the high-density panel
PhD student Daniel Sude sharing the variables used in his past studies