Office of Undergraduate Research

Minority Perceptions of the Professional Writing Curriculum

My primary objective is to investigate how minority students perceive professional writing courses and the professional writing program at UWM. I am especially interested in whether they feel excluded or perceive obstacles to academic or professional success in this program. The underlying problem is that few minorities take courses in the professional writing program, major in professional writing, or pursue a career in this field. After designing my study and obtaining IRB approval for it this fall, I plan to conduct a literature search, interviews, surveys, and observations.

Tasks and responsibilities:

I am looking for a student who has a strong interest in diversity and minority issues and who would be willing to assist in the literature search, interviews, surveys, and observations, along with presenting early results of the study once it is completed.