Grady College announces its first recipients of CURO Research Assistantships

The Grady College has awarded the first three of its allotted research assistantships for the 2014-15 academic year from the Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities (CURO).

Part of an initiative to enhance the UGA learning environment, the CURO Assistantship Program provides one-semester, non-renewable $1,000 stipends to 250 outstanding undergraduate students across campus to actively participate in faculty-mentored research. Grady College has a total of 12 of those assistantships available.

“Grady is proud to facilitate this active engagement in learning outside the traditional classroom,” said Alison Alexander, senior associate dean for academic affairs.

Congratulations the following fall semester participants:

  • Aashka Dave is a senior public affairs journalism major from Bogart, Georgia. Her research mentor is Leara Rhodes, associate professor of journalism. She is studying how participatory web magazines build audiences and create content while remaining successful businesses.
  • Chelsea Harvey is a senior advertising major from Acworth, Georgia. Her research mentor is Jay Hamilton, associate professor of advertising. She is analyzing advertisements within early fan magazines to better understand early fan communities and how advertisers integrated into these communities.
  • Sapna Mistry is a junior advertising major from Douglasville, Georgia. Her research mentor is also Hamilton. She will be looking at industry trade journals to understand consumer co-creation of ads and brands as a long-standing promotional process.


As the facilitator of the program for the Grady College, Alexander will begin accepting applications midway through the fall semester for spring semester assistantships. Interested students should reach out by email to

All student recipients of assistantships are required to present at the 2015 CURO Symposium, planned for March 30-31 at The Classic Center.

For more details about the CURO Research Assistantship program, visit

Date: August 22, 2014
Author:  Stephanie Moreno,
Contact:  Alison Alexander,