The Department of Communication at UB was an obvious choice for Emily Dolan. After honing her research interests in her Master's program, she had clear goals for her future which included enrolling in quantitative PhD program with faculty who were trained in communication, as well as social psychology.
For as long as she can remember, Emily wanted a career that allowed her to investigate phenomena. The Department of Communication at UB has been a productive space for her to carry out this goal. "I actually started my undergraduate career with the hopes of working as an investigator for the CIA. It wasn't until I enrolled in a communication class during my undergraduate career that I realized that my passion for investigation could be fulfilled through academic research." The Department of Communication at UB, according to Emily, has been a great place for her to investigate her research interests. "Among other things, one great thing about the faculty here is that they are incredibly encouraging and helpful when it comes to your research, even if it doesn't conform to their own. I think is one thing that differentiates this program from others."
In addition to being an obvious choice, the Department of Communication has been a perfect fit for Emily's research interests and learning style. "One of my professors in my Master's program assured me that I would end up in a PhD program that was a perfect fit for me. He couldn't have been more correct."
Working with her advisor, Dr. Allison Shaw, Emily has gained hands-on experience with each step of academic research. "One of the things that drew me to Dr. Shaw is her energy. She's highly motivated and loves to do research. It's contagious." Through working with Dr. Shaw on a variety of projects, Emily has been able to apply her knowledge gained in the classroom to research. "Doing research alongside faculty members helps to solidify the knowledge gained in the classroom."
Emily believes that the Department of Communication at UB is a great place for any aspiring communication scholar. "I feel incredibly fortunate to be in this program. Although I'm only in my second year, it's amazing how much I've learned and grown since I've been here. I still have a long way to go, but I'm certain that this program will prepare me for a fulfilling job in academia."