Communicating Social Support with International Graduate Students

February 19, 2024

Are you a first-time international graduate student? Do you remember facing any uncertainties when you first came to the United States? Do you remember talking to your support network about your concerns, work-life balance, and/or graduate school expectations? Are you having these conversations now?

We would like to invite you to participate in a research study that aims to gain a better understanding of how and if first-time international graduate students’ memorable social support messages, both requested and received, impact perceptions of belonging. This project has been approved by IRB. To participate in the study, you must be 18 years of age or older, qualify as a first-time international graduate student, are comfortable in participating in an interview in English, not enrolled in any classes with the research team, and can recount discussions about (cultural) uncertainties, support concerns, work-life issues, and/or adapting to graduate school with their social support network.

Individuals who are not 18 years of age or older, do not qualify as a first-time international graduate student, are not comfortable in participating in an interview in English, and cannot recount discussions about (cultural) uncertainties, support concerns, work-life issues, and/or adapting to graduate school with their social support network, and/or are currently enrolled in any classes with the research team or students enrolled in classes that the research team are taking do not qualify for this project do not qualify for the study. 

If you would like to participate, please follow this link for more information:https://bsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8p77kmS8LaZzoUK

The demographic survey should take less than 5 minutes to complete and will ask for you to provide contact information if you would like to participate in an interview. If you are selected to participate, we will contact you at the e-mail address you provide to schedule a 1.5-hour time block for an interview. Interviews are expected to last between 40 minutes to 1.5 hours, depending on how much you wish to say.  

Your responses will be used to complete the resulting papers. Your identity will not be revealed during this process to anyone besides the researchers and faculty advisor.  

Participants will be compensated $20 at the end of the interview for their time. Additionally, your contribution will be a valuable addition to our research and understanding of emerging adults’ memorable messages about work-life balance post pandemic. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask. Thanks! 

Sam Schubert
Department of Communication Studies
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47304
spschubert@bsu.edu
 
Dr. Katherine Denker
Department of Communication Studies
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47304
kjdenker@bsu.edu
 

IRB #2152122 

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