UND Communications Graduate Student Earns Top Thesis Honors

Eric Netterlund
Eric Netterlund

Eric Netterlund, a master’s degree alum of the Communication Program at the University of North Dakota, recently won the 2013 UND Distinguished Master’s Thesis award.

“This honor is afforded to a recent graduate of UND whose graduate-level work best exemplifies research and creative scholarship,” said Timothy Pasch, assistant professor of communication and chair of Netterlund’s thesis committee. “Eric is now a doctoral student at the University of Colorado at Boulder (CU Boulder) in the Department of Communication. As this competitive award is chosen from among excellent candidates across the University, this is a significant honor for the Communication Program.”

In his acceptance letter, Netterlund wrote: “The theoretical and methodological training that I received at UND has prepared for me for my current studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and has given me a basis on which to build my future in academia. I am very proud of the work I did for my Master’s thesis…the only reason I am working on my Ph.D. right now is because of my time at UND.”

Eric’s thesis, titled Social Networking Platforms And Online Fundraising: Fan Culture, Political Expression, And User-Generated Incentives, provides applied insights to groups interested in either raising funds online, or in using digital fundraising campaigns as a form of political engagement and voice.

The award, sponsored by the UND School of Graduate Studies, was presented at a ceremony on May 3 in the East Asia Room of the Chester Fritz Library.

Netterlund’s thesis committee comprised, in addition to Pasch, faculty members Kyle Conway, and Lana Rakow; also director of the UND Center for Community Engagement. The Communication Program’s graduate coordinator is Slavka Antonova.


By Juan Miguel Pedraza, writer/editor
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