Grace Snyder and Caleb Woods Recognized by Dean Schmittman

Communication Studies students Grace Snyder (Junior, PR/COMST) and Caleb Woods (Senior, PR; COMST minor) were recently recognized by LAS Dean Beate Schmittmann in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Newsletter.

“We’ve even discovered students creating resources for other students. Grace Snyder and Caleb Woods, students who are currently taking communication studies classes, created reference materials to share about the COVID-19 virus,” Dean Schmittman said.

“Caleb and I came up with this idea after working with Dr. [Katherine] Rafferty for this past semester during our independent study,” Snyder explained. “We developed a website for Family Health Communication which showcases a few research projects and health guides from students who completed COMST 450 with Dr. Rafferty.

“With these health guides, we thought having one about COVID-19 would supplement nicely with the timing and effect on the University and its students.”

“We wanted information to be relevant to college-aged kids, and we also thought it woudl be helpful to address some of the myths about COVID-19,” Woods agreed. “We wanted to make sure the document was very visual and informational. We thought this would help increase overall engagement level.”

Dr. Rafferty couldn’t be prouder of her two students, who have been working on an independent study in her Family Health Communication research lab. “Understanding the importance of communication, [Grace and Caleb] wanted to use their skills to help educate their peers by creating something that would dispel popular COVID-19 myths and inform them about common COVID-19 terms,” Dr. Rafferty shared. “They felt that these documents would be a great addition to the other marketing and promotion items being put forth by ISU.”

Congratulations to Caleb and Grace on their outstanding work!