Faculty-Student Collaborations

Enhance your learning by collaborating with faculty mentors on research and creative projects. In the process, you’ll develop analytic skills and the confidence to succeed. 

  • Noah Jurik ('16), with faculty mentor Dr. Marissa Doshi, presenting a project on the visual appeal of health apps.
  • Kelsie Nyhuis ('17) presenting her project on the construction of womanhood in magazines at NCUR
  • Parker Weaver ('17) presenting his research on online racism at NCUR.
  • Allison Schultz ('18) presenting a project on voting behavior at NCUR
  • Communication honors students present at the 2014 Critical Issues Symposium
  • Jean Luc Miralda ('17) presenting research on cross-cultural understandings of happiness at NCUR
  • Hope College Celebration of Undergraduate Research offers students an opportunity to share their research with the campus community.

In addition to regional conferences and Hope's own Celebration of Undergraduate Research and Creative Performance, nearly every year we have student research projects accepted for presentation at the National Conference of Undergraduate Research (NCUR). Our students have also co-authored research with faculty mentors and won state-level awards for their creative media projects.  Read on for a sampling of recent faculty-student collaborations and contact individual faculty if you are interested in collaborative opportunities.

  • A Photovoice Analysis of Happiness in Honduras, USA and Japan (NCUR 2017)
  • A Feminist Reading of Darling Magazine (NCUR 2017)
  • We've Been Trumped! Personality Predictors of Voting Behavior (NCUR 2017)
  • Media Games: The Non-Athletic Framing of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games by the American Media (NCUR 2017)
  • Racist Discourse on the Internet: A Study on 4CHAN.ORG (NCUR 2017)
  • From Hippies to Hipsters: Changing Expressions of Cultural Citizenship at Music Festivals (NCUR 2016)
  • XOXO: Cultivation Effect of Underage Drinking Portrayed in Gossip Girl Among Young College Students (NCUR 2016)
  • Exploring Visual Appeal of Women's Health Apps (NCUR 2016)
  • A Cross Cultural Comparison of Narrative Constructions of Happiness in USA, Japan and Honduras College Students (NCUR 2016)
  • Exploring Happiness Through Differences in High and Low Context Cultures in the USA and Japan (NCUR 2016)
  • Cross-Cultural Happiness (NCUR 2015)
  • Effectiveness of Online Altruistic Viral Videos on Altruistic Attitudes and Behaviors (NCUR 2015)
  • Prayers, Tithes and Tweets: A Rhetorical Analysis of Joel Osteen's and Pope Francis’s Discussion of Fruits of the Spirit on Twitter (NCUR 2015)
  • He Said, She Said: A Study of Gender, Framing, and Cultivation in the Ray Rice Domestic Violence Incident (NCUR 2015)

Dr. Deirdre Johnston has co-authored multiple publications with undergraduates. Examples include an encyclopedia entry on the experience and expression of horror and an article in Communication Research Reports on reticence to communicate affect.

Dr. Sarah Kornfield has co-authored publications with students Kristen Noack and Nicolette DeSantis. “Speed Discussion,” an article that was co-authored with Noack, is published in Communication Teacher and will help future professors lead better discussion activities during class. “The Language of Gender,” a chapter that was co-authored with DeSantis, appears in GenderSpectives and will help students understand how language and gender interconnect. 


Noah Jurik and Tony Byrne were awarded first place in the Mini-Documentary category at the 2016 Michigan Student Broadcast Awards for their production Shaped by Flames. Produced as a class project in the documentary course in fall 2015, Shaped by Flames explores a chapter of Hope College and the City of Holland history through the lens of the well-known VanRaalte Hall fire in 1980 and its continuing impact on the community.

Hope students Catherine Hagenbush (COMM), Julian Gonzalez (COMM) and Annika VanEyl (PSYCH) produced a recycling video for the Holland-Hope College Sustainability Institute.


Challenging Borders: Displaced Persons is a GLCA initiative to fund collaborative scholarship on the broad topic of borders. As part of this initiative, Dr. Jayson Dibble, along with students enrolled in his 300-level course on persuasion, collaborated with an international partner from Forman Christian College, Pakistan, to create:

  1. A short video that offers a research-based, persuasive message to counterbalance the negative rhetoric surrounding refugees in war-torn areas like Syria
  2. An interactive infographic that lets users learn research-based information about how refugees impact host countries

Dr. Marissa Doshi, worked with Hope Hancock ’16, a communication minor and Mellon Scholar, on a digital timeline project that compared youth music festivals (Woodstock and Coachella) to analyze changing discourses of cultural citizenship.