The Indiana University Graduate and Professional Student Organization (GPSO) and University Graduate School (UGS) congratulate our December student of the month, Rachel Bailey! Rachel is a doctoral student in telecommunications and her research uses experimental, computational and psychophysiological methods to study the dynamics of complex human – media interactions. “My research program seeks to discover and explicate the complex interactions among relevant individual, environmental and media characteristics during media use that have significant downstream media effects on important human behaviors (e.g. learning, behavior change, enjoyment),” she explains. Rachel discovered her inner scientist while attending the Missouri School of Journalism and went on to earn undergraduate degrees in psychology and strategic communication. “I was curious about what it was about certain strategic media messages that made them more successful and psychologically affective than others,” she recalls. Rachel earned a master’s degree focused on psychological processing of mediated information and worked for Disney Media before starting her doctorate at IU. Regarding this small-town Missouri girl’s proudest accomplishment, she says, “I think the most important thing I’ve done is to earn the respect of my peers and colleagues while doing good, interesting work. I’m sure a lot of my successes are due to having wonderful mentors and friends that support me.” Rachel likes to read fiction, cook, play golf, and travel. “I have three dachshunds: Penny, Petey, and Willie, that I spoil absolutely rotten,” she also reports. When asked the all-important question: cake or pie? Rachel demurs, explaining that she does not eat grains, and adds, “But before seeing the light, I would have chosen cake. Something about the texture, I think.”
So the final count for Graduate Students of the Month for Fall 2012 is Cake: 1, Pie: 1, Vietnamese desserts with avocado: 1. Stay tuned next semester for further developments in this important issue.