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Topics

We have long supported undergraduate research by providing research opportunities for undergraduate students in a variety of topics related to:

  • Fashion
  • Historic dress
  • Historic furniture and design
  • Merchandising
  • Cultural aspects of dress
  • Interior environments
  • Polymer, fiber and textile science

Faculty Mentorship

Faculty mentor the students through the research topic idea, methodology, and research process.  Faculty also guide the student in the process of presentation and publication.

Symposiums + Conferences

Our undergraduate students have presented their research at the annual UGA CURO (Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities) symposium, Cotton is Our Everyday symposium, and at regional and national conferences.  Several have received funding from the College of Family and Consumer Sciences through the Undergraduate Research Award to support their research. During Fall 2014, three students received a CURO research assistantship. The following is a list of some of the topics that undergraduate students have researched with further indication of whether they presented, received funding or published their research findings with a TMI faculty member.  

Presentations

2015

Dodd, M. (2015). Hollywood’s Risqué Years: Female Body Exposure in Pre-Code Films.  Paper presented at 2015 CURO Symposium, UGA.  2015 CURO Symposium Book of Abstracts, p. 67. (Mentor: P. Hunt-Hurst).  Recipient of a CURO Research Assistantship, College of Family and Consumer Sciences.  Research poster also presented at International Textiles and Apparel Association Conference, November 2015, Santa Fe, NM.

Ansley Walker (2015). The jewel of Tuscany’s hidden gem. Article on Cortona jewelry maker and retailer in the Cortona paper, Italy. (Mentor:K. Medvedev)

Lucille Reynolds (2015). Quail Hunting Dress Practices in Georgia. UGA CURO Research Project Franklin College. (Mentor: K. Medvedev)

2014

Dodd, M. (2014). Movies and Femininity: Grace Kelley.  Paper presented at Costume Society of America, Southeast Region Symposium, January 2014, Richmond, VA. Mentor: P. Hunt-Hurst

Dodd, M. (2014).  Grace Kelly: Femininity in Film.  Paper presented at CURO Symposium, UGA. 2014 CURO Symposium Book of Abstracts, p. 51. (Mentor: P. Hunt-Hurst).

Fernandes, A. (2014).  The Evolution of the Little Black Dress.  Paper presented at 2014 CURO Symposium, UGA.  2014 CURO Symposium Book of Abstract, p. 57. (Mentor: P. Hunt-Hurst).

Cox, M. (2014). Ta-tas or not: The needs of breast cancer survivors’ will not be forgotten. Paper presented at the 2014 CURO (Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities Symposium, UGA. 2014 CURO Symposium Book of Abstracts, pp.45-46. (Mentor: K. Medvedev)

Sprague, D. (2014). Native American traditional dress: Drawing a line between celebrating a culture and making a mockery of it. Paper presented at the 2014 CURO (Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities Symposium, UGA. 2014 CURO Symposium Book of Abstracts, p.123. (Mentor: K. Medvedev)

Nation, L. (2014). The DIY phenomenon: Why do we “do it ourselves.” Paper presented at the 2014 CURO (Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities Symposium, UGA. 2014 CURO Symposium Book of Abstracts, pp. 98-99.(Mentor: K. Medvedev).

Satola, N. (2014). Lesbian dress: Recognizing and being recognized. Paper presented at the 2014 CURO (Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities Symposium, UGA. 2014 CURO Symposium Book of Abstracts, p. 116. (Mentor: K. Medvedev)

2013

Gloria, K. (2013). The birth of metrosexuality in South Korea. Paper presented at the 2013 CURO (Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities Symposium), UGA. 2013 CURO Symposium Book of Abstracts, p.61. (Mentor: K. Medvedev).

Moulton, A. (2013). Stepping into masculinity: The dress and body modifications of African American fraternities. Paper presented at the 2013 CURO (Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities Symposium), UGA. 2013 CURO Symposium Book of Abstracts, pp.77-78. (Mentor: K. Medvedev).

Prather, A. (2013). The few. The proud. The marines. Paper presented at the 2013 CURO (Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities Symposium), UGA. (Mentor: K. Medvedev)

2012

Ambrust, N. P. (2012). Kathoey: Dress--- the only opportunity. Paper presented at the 2012 CURO (Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities Symposium), UGA. 2012 CURO Symposium Book of Abstracts, p. 26. (Mentor: K. Medvedev).

Gregory, H. (2012) Sustainability in Textiles: An Overview. (Mentor: S. Sharma).

Haas, N. (2012). A piece of the puzzle: Why people wear peace signs? Paper presented at the 2012 CURO (Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities Symposium), UGA. 2012 CURO Symposium Book of Abstracts, p.51. (Mentor: K. Medvedev).

McGrue, B. (2012) Disability and Interior Environments. (Mentor, M. Lee, S. Zenti). CURO Summer Fellowship recipient.

Russel, M. C. (2012). Architecture and dress. Paper presented at the 2012 CURO (Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities Symposium), UGA. 2012 CURO Symposium Book of Abstracts, p.87. (Mentor: K. Medvedev).

2011

Danker, A. (2011). A culture identified by canines: How dogs have become an integral part of the American public self. Paper presented at the 2011 CURO (Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities Symposium), UGA. 2011 CURO Symposium Book of Abstracts, pp. 45-46. (Mentor: K. Medvedev).

Giraudo, A. (2011)  Dolce & Gabbana: Raising Eyebrows and Questions at the Turn of each Page: An Analysis of the Controversial Themes of Sexual Violence and Oppression in their Print Ads and how they Speak to the Brand, Mentor: K. Medvedev

Gray, L. (2011), China: Human Rights for Its People and Factory Workers. (Mentor: C. Gilbert).

Hagigi, S. (2011). Bedouin dress: A means of cultural continuity and change. Paper presented at the 2011 CURO Symposium, UGA. 2011 CURO Symposium Book of Abstracts, p.55. (Mentor: K. Medvedev).

Roman, M. (2011).  The Importance of Peer Approval in the he Sartorial Purchasing Patterns of The University of Georgia Students in Athens, GA. Paper presented at CURO in 2010. Student received funding from the FACS Undergraduate Research Grant, paper published in College Student Journal 45 (1), 164-176. (Mentor: K. Medvedev).

2010

Avram, H. (2010). The Use of Nano-Technology in Fashion. Paper presented at CURO Symposium. (Mentor: I. Hardin).

Bale, K. (2010). I do, but I don’t: The politics of dress in gay and lesbian commitment ceremonies in the United States. Paper presented at the 2010 CURO Symposium, UGA. 2010 CURO Symposium Book of Abstracts, p. 36. (Mentor: K. Medvedev).

Brormann, L. (2010) Fashion Research: Past and Present. (Mentor: P. Hunt-Hurst).

Deray, K. (2010). Apparel Quality: The Relationship between Nonwovens and the Women's Liberation Movement. (Mentor: E. Blalock).

Deray, K. (2010).  Karma in America: The rebirth of the male adolescent Indian immigrant into the American hip-hop subculture. Paper presented at the 2010 CURO Symposium, UGA. 2010 CURO Symposium Book of Abstracts, p. 52. (Mentor: K. Medvedev).

Parham, K. (2010).  Promoting Accessible/Affordable Fashion. (Mentor: J. Blanco).

Roman, M. (2010). The importance of peer approval in the sartorial purchasing patterns of the University of Georgia students in Athens, GA. Paper presented at the 2010 CURO symposium, UGA. 2010 CURO Symposium Book of Abstracts, p. 91. (Mentor: K. Medvedev).

Read, K. (2010). Wearable art. Honors project in TXMI 4230. (Mentor: K. Medvedev).

Moore, J. (2010). Queens of scream: The making of horror film heroines. Paper accepted for the 2010 CURO Symposium, UGA. Moore was not able to present the paper because of a family tragedy. 2010 CURO Symposium Book of Abstracts, p. 80. (Mentor: K. Medvedev).

2009

Giraudo, A. (2009).  Visual Identity: How Different Socioeconomic Classes in Mexico Express their Cultural Identity through Traditional and Modern Fashion Influences. (Mentor: P. Hunt-Hurst).

Kornau, J. (2009). Manicures: Not just paying for pretty nails. Paper presented at the 2009 CURO Symposium, UGA. 2009 CURO Symposium Book of Abstracts, p. 68. (Mentor: K. Medvedev).

Wilson, A. (2009).  Bolivian wrestlers in skirts.  Paper presented at the 2009 CURO symposium, paper received best of CURO and published in JURO (Journal for Undergraduate Research Opportunities), UGA, http://www.uga.edu/juro/2009/papers/abigail_wilson.pdf; this paper won best paper award in Social Sciences in CURO, 2009. (Mentor: K. Medvedev).

Wilson, A. (2009).  Bolivian wrestlers in skirts. “Best Paper in Social Sciences.” 2009 CURO   (Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities) Symposium, University of Georgia.UGA. http://www.uga.edu/juro/2009/papers/abigail_wilson.pdf (Mentor: K. Medvedev)

Roman, M. (2009). Family and Consumers Sciences Undergraduate Research Grant. Project title: The importance of group approval in the sartorial purchasing patterns of The University of Georgia students in Athens, GA. (Mentor: K. Medvedev.)

2008

Petras, A. (2008). Understanding "Natural" Beauty Care Products and the Eco-Friendly Market. (Mentor: S. Kim).

Langhorne, K. (2008) .  African American Dress: A Reading, Research, and Writing Experience. (Mentor: P. Hunt-Hurst).

Oukham, P. (2008) Green Business: The Feasibility of Manufacturing Sustainable Consumer Textile and Apparel Products. (Mentor: S. Kim).

Oukham, P. (2008). State feminism and the Mao suit. Paper presented at the Dress, Culture and Communication Symposium and the Costume Society of America Southeast Mini-Meeting, Athens, GA. (Mentor: K. Medvedev).

Spaulding, S. (2008).  Spaulding, S. (2008). The girls of Harajuku: More than Gwen’s backup dancers. Paper presented at the Dress, Culture and Communication Symposium and the Costume Society of America Southeast Mini-Meeting, Athens, GA (Mentor: K. Medvedev)