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April 29, 2022

Undergraduate Communication Research Conference

The annual Undergraduate Communication Research Conference is a celebration of undergraduate research in all areas of the communication discipline, bringing together students from colleges and universities from across the upper Midwest.

The event offers a unique opportunity for students in all areas of communication (e.g. interpersonal, rhetoric, journalism, media studies, production, etc.) to showcase their scholarship, receive constructive feedback, and network with students and faculty from dozens of local and regional institutions.

The deadline to submit a paper is March 14.

The deadline to register is April 18.

Keynote Address

Trump, Covid, and Justice: The Impact of Sports Communication in the Wake of 2020


The year “2020” has become shorthand for describing the complex intersections of politics and culture in the United States that have ushered in the new decade. That single year included the impeachment of President Donald Trump, the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the resurgence of civil rights activism. These events, and others, have continued effects on our political and popular culture including the world of sports. Sports have played a visible role in conversations about electoral politics, public health, and racial justice, making them a growing site of interest for communication scholars.

This lecture spotlights communicative dimensions of sports, revealing how they can both reflect and shape society, impact relationships and communities even among individuals who do not follow them, and create and contest various forms of political identification.
Dr. Michael Butterworth

Dr. Michael Butterworth

Dr. Michael Butterworth is the Director of the Center for Sports Communication & Media, the Governor Ann W. Richards Chair for the Texas Program in Sports and Media, and Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. His research explores the connections between rhetoric, democracy, and sport, with particular interests in national identity, militarism, and public memory.

He is the author of Baseball and Rhetorics of Purity: The National Pastime and American Identity during the War on Terror, co-author (with Andrew Billings and Paul Turman) of Communication and Sport: Surveying the Field, editor of Sport and Militarism: Contemporary Global Perspectives, and co-editor (with Daniel A. Grano) of Sport, Rhetoric, and Political Struggle.
UCRC Keynote Address Video

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This lecture spotlights communicative dimensions of sports, revealing how they can both reflect and shape society, impact relationships and communities even among individuals who do not follow them, and create and contest various forms of political identification.

Conference Papers

Proposals for the conference may include, but are not limited to, individual or group research projects, performance pieces and video productions in areas including communication theory, rhetorical theory and criticism, journalism, and media production and criticism.

Students may submit one of the following types of proposals to the conference:

  • Individual or Co-Authored Research Paper
  • Project Panel Presentation

Submissions of completed projects are strongly recommended and given highest priority in the selection process. There is no minimum or maximum word or page count. Presentations normally are 10 minutes in length.

Paper submission deadline: March 14, 2022

Important Dates

Conference date and time:

April 29, 2022,
8:30 a.m - 3:00 p.m.

Paper submission deadline: March 14

Conference registration deadline: April 18

Conference Details


The registration fee is $45 per participant. It includes breakfast and lunch. We accept major credit and debit cards. Individual and group registrations are both acceptable.

Registration deadline: April 18, 2022.

No refunds for cancellations after the registration deadline.



Anderson Student Center Woulfe Alumni Hall (ASC 378N), University of St. Thomas, St. Paul Campus

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  • Additional lodging options may also be available through third-party travel booking websites.


Friday, April 29, 2022

8:15 - 9:00 a.m. Registration: Third Floor, Anderson Student Center, Saint Paul Campus

9:00 - 10:15 a.m. Student Panels

10:30 - 11:45 a.m. Student Panels

Noon - 1:30 p.m. Lunch and Keynote Address: Anderson Student Center Woulfe Alumni Hall (ASC 378A)

1:45 - 3:00 p.m. Student Panel