Whilst working on a research study involving social influences in her final year at the University of Buffalo, Jody Wong (MCS '18) discovered her love for academic research.
Based on her research proposal submission and outstanding academic record, Wong received the WKW Legacy Fund Graduate Scholarship Award at the start of her two-year graduate programme.
"It has definitely opened more doors for me," said Wong. “I have been given the opportunity to pursue what I want to do in the future."
The WKW Legacy Fund, which started in 2006, has benefited students like Wong, who may have not been able to pursue their interests without the scholarship award. The benefits of the WKW Legacy Fund Graduate Scholarship Award include a full tuition waiver, a monthly stipend as well as travel grants for research students.
Seven months into the programme, Wong knows she has made the right decision to return home to pursue her graduate studies. She added that it has been “an honour” to be under the tutelage of Professor Walther, who is the Associate Chair at WKWSCI, and Division Chair to the Academy of Management’s Organisational Communication, a preeminent professional association for management and organization scholars.
"He is a great advisor and has been wonderful to work with," she said.
“The WKW Legacy Fund has definitely opened more doors for me … I have been given the opportunity to pursue what I want to do in the future”
Wong shared that a volunteering experience in Cambodia last year opened her eyes to the differences in available communication platforms between Cambodia and the United States. This volunteering experience eventually led her to her current research interest in interpersonal processes on mass communication platforms.
"My work experience in Cambodia really showed me the stark contrast between the accessibility and lifestyle of the people there," she said.
In May, Wong will be presenting her research paper on masspersonal phenomena at the International Communication Association (ICA) Conference in San Diego.
"Graduate school is certainly not as easy, but with the strong support system that I have from my coursemates, it has made things easier," said Wong. Other than the supportive school culture, Wong also felt that WKWSCI has the resources she needs to further her studies. "The school has a lot to offer in the field of communication and I am very thankful for that," she added.