Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"Self-organization through social media"

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Fall 2010 - DURI
Research area(s):
social media, organization science, communication, business
Project Description:
With this project, we are trying to understand how people use social media (Facebook, Twitter, blogs) to organize grassroots groups and take action together. Specifically, we are looking at groups of people who take actions against large organizations. We are trying to understand the process that leads to group formation and action, from the beginning of an idea, to how the idea spreads, results into action, then disappears.
Expected Student Contributions:
The intern's main task will be to identify and organize relevant articles and blog posts on this topic. The intern will be involved in the planning, analysis, and write-up stages of research if s/he is interested. We will use a lot of social media and online collaboration tools to conduct this work. The work experience will be valuable for the student, who will learn how to use Web 2.0 and social media for professional collaboration.
Related Website(s):
My faculty profile: My research blog: My teaching blog: Twitter: @mihaela_v
Desired Qualifications:
A strong interest in social media, and a curious mind are the main requirements. Good skills searching for information, assessing the quality of information, and categorizing information.
Estimated Weekly Hours:
Department awards independent research credits for this project?
Yes, 2 credit hours

Professor in Charge

Vorvoreanu, Mihaela
computer graphics technology

Student Supervisor

Mihaela Vorvoreanu
Assistant Professor

Cooperating Faculty

Krishna Madhavan
Engineering Education/Engineering