Bragging Rights: Student Research Included in CAA Journal

Posted: November 29, 2010 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 19, 2010 at 4:01 pm

Original research by Mason alumnae Lauren-Claire Kelley, Erica Landrau-Cribbs and Leah Wolfeld is featured in the inaugural issue of the Colonial Academic Alliance (CAA) Undergraduate Research Journal. The alumnae were undergraduates when they produced the research.

The Colonial Academic Alliance is a consortium that brings the 12 CAA schools together in academic programs that benefit faculty and students.

The CAA Journal is a peer-reviewed journal for undergraduate work of the highest caliber. Its goals are to add to the body of knowledge in all fields and to showcase the outstanding scholarship of undergraduates.

The journal provides a forum for students to publicly share their research, exposing their work to potential graduate programs and employers. By making use of student reviewers, the journal also provides the opportunity for undergraduates to participate in the scholarly publishing process.

All of the Mason alumnae who have their work published in this issue participated in Mason’s Undergraduate Apprenticeship Program, and the research was accomplished as part of that program.

  • Kelley, BA English ’10, wrote “The Mind-Body Split: Toward a Queer Temporality in Sarah Orne Jewett’s ‘Deephaven.’” Her mentor for the project was J. Samaine Lockwood, assistant professor of English.
  • Landrau-Cribbs, BA Psychology ’10, wrote “The Role of Relationship Attachment Styles in Disordered Eating Behaviors” with Jerome Short, associate professor of psychology.
  • Wolfeld, BA Psychology ’10, wrote “Effects of Office Layout on Job Satisfaction, Productivity, and Organizational Commitment as Transmitted Through Face-to-Face Interactions.” Her mentor was Seth Kaplan, assistant professor of psychology.

The journal builds on the success of the Alliance’s annual Undergraduate Research Conference, which showcases the work of approximately 100 CAA students each year.

In addition to Mason, CAA member schools are University of Delaware, Drexel University, Georgia State University, Hofstra University, James Madison University, University of North Carolina Wilmington, Northeastern University, Old Dominion University, Towson University, Virginia Commonwealth University and The College of William & Mary.

Georgia State University provided access to its Digital Commons content-management system to help the Alliance produce the journal, and faculty members from all 12 CAA institutions reviewed student submissions.

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