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Comments from Mentors
"Lauren created a strong qualitative study investigating the ways that toy advertising represents gender, which is an important topic in strategic communication. She has analyzed one of the primary questions of media culture: in what ways does advertising reflect culture and create culture? We know that advertising socializes its audiences, but what happens when advertising is aimed at children? Lauren began working on this project as a new student in our program, and she continued to interrogate media examples as an honors student. In our diversity course, I invite and challenge students to find conversations that interest them, and Lauren did that and so much more as part of her learning at TCU."
"Lauren proposed a very ambitious project, and I was concerned about her ability to manage it in the midst of classes and preparation for graduation. She was determined, methodical, and organized in her approach, and she demonstrated the types of creative thinking required to overcome obstacles in research and to examine complex issues of gender expressions and marketing strategies. A project of this nature takes forethought, consistency, and intellectual curiosity, and Lauren has all of these. It is a learning experience and a pleasure to be able to support Lauren on this project."