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Communication Senior Kerry Drake Presents Her Paper at The Westchester Undergraduate Research Conference
4/9/2014 - Riverdale, N.Y. – College of Mount Saint Vincent Communication senior Kerry Drake presented her paper “Self-Absorption? It Is Just Social Media” at the third annual Westchester Undergraduate Research Conference, April 4, 2014 at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, NY.

Ms. Drake wrote her paper with guidance from Chair and Associate Professor of Communication Dr. Vincent Fitzgerald. The paper, which serves as her senior thesis, examines whether social media breeds self-absorption for 18 to 22-year-olds. As part of her research, Ms. Drake examined 1,200 posts of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram users. Her findings revealed that self-absorption is particularly present among Twitter and Facebook users but not Instagram users.

Students from more than ten colleges and universities in the area, including Iona College, Mercy College, Marist College, Fordham University, Vanderbilt University, and CUNY Hunter College, presented outstanding undergraduate research during The Westchester Undergraduate Research Conference. Students had the opportunity to share their scholarly explorations with the community, hone their presentation abilities, and network with other likeminded students and faculty in their fields.

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