Michigan State U 3rd International Summer School

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3rd Annual International Summer School


MAY 30 –JUNE 4, 2017

(directly following ICA) Hosted by the Department of Communication at Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, USA


The International Summer School provides advanced training and mentoring for young researchers by providing networking and collaboration opportunities for the next generation of scholars. Senior and junior scholars, postdocs, and graduate students are all encouraged to attend!


This year’s summer school will address the role of synchrony as a fundamental construct for communication science. As its predecessors, the conference agenda will include an opening reception followed by five full days of presentations from leading international scholars, poster presentations by young scholar participants, and collaborative breakout sessions.



The format of the International Summer School is as follows: The evening before the summer school begins there will be a welcome reception. The first four mornings of the summer school will feature theme sessions. During these sessions, invited speakers will present original research for 1 hour (45 minutes of presenting, 15 minutes of Q and A). The fifth morning will begin with a shortened theme session and will end with a closing panel discussion.


The first four afternoons will begin with poster presentations from junior scholars, postdocs or graduate students– and then break up into small-group sessions where faculty members (and other students) will mentor individual poster presenters from that day. The breakout sessions provide an incredible opportunity for students to get feedback and to brainstorm about extending and refining their work. For fun, we have a barbecue planned near campus one night and a river boat cruise another!



Those interested in participating in the summer school must submit an extended abstract (including 4-5 keywords) of 800-1000 words (plus tables, figures, and references) summarizing either a research proposal or already completed work related to some aspect of synchrony, broadly defined.


All submissions will be subject to a review process. If your submission is accepted, you will prepare a poster of your work that will be presented during one of the thematic interactive poster sessions. Your submission will also be forwarded to an appropriate faculty leader to facilitate the individualized mentoring/feedback sessions with faculty and other students with similar interests.


We encourage the submission of the early/first results of existing projects, works-in-progress, and research proposals. Both empirical and theoretical work is welcome. Submissions can be related to any aspect of synchrony related to communication.


Proposals will be accepted based on the intellectual promise of the work.

Depending on the capacity of rooms, we will also accept participants who do not wish to present a poster. If you wish to attend as a non-presenter you still need to register for the conference. When registering, you can indicate whether you have submitted work to present. However, please note that preference will be given to applicants who wish to present their own work at the summer school.

To apply for a poster presentation, please send a Word file containing your abstract and keywords to syncMSU@gmail.com. In your email, please include your name, school, title (e.g., master’s student, doctoral student, post-doc, faculty), and keywords associated with your abstract.


Funding support for travel and lodging will be provided to young scholars whose abstracts are selected for presentation.


The submission and application process is open now, and review of applications is ongoing as we receive them. The deadline for abstract submissions is Monday, April 3 at 5pm EST.

Information about travel, funding, and lodging can be found at our website, http://cas.msu.edu/sync

Please send any questions to syncMSU@gmail.com



5/30 – Welcome reception

  • Welcome lecture: John Sherry, Michigan State University


5/31 – Day 1: Convergence in Communication Behavior

  • Introduction: Prof Jim Dearing, Department of Communication Chair, Michigan State University
  • Speaker 1: Prof Gary Bente, University of Cologne
  • Speaker 2: Prof Prof Kai Vogeley, University of Cologne
  • Speaker 3: Prof Judee Burgoon, University of Arizona
  • Speaker 4: Prof Matt O’Donnell, University of Pennsylvania


6/1 – Day 2: Synchronizing the Audience

  • Speaker 1: Prof Ralf Schmaelzle, Michigan State University
  • Speaker 2: Prof Richard Huskey, The Ohio State University
  • Speaker 3: Prof Robert Lewis, University of Texas – Austin •


6/2 – Day 3: Synchronization in Interpersonal and Computer-Mediated Communication

  • Speaker 1: Prof Edson Tandoc, Nanyang Technological University
  • Speaker 2: Prof Catalina Toma, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Speaker 3: Prof Jingbo Meng, Michigan State University


6/3 – Day 4: Synchrony in Human Technology Systems

  • Speaker 1: Prof Nicole Kraemer, University of Duisburg-Essen
  • Speaker 2: Prof Grace Ahn, University of Georgia
  • Speaker 3: TBD


6/4 – Day 5: Synchrony in Social Networks

  • Speaker 1: Prof Santo Fortunato, University of Indiana
  • Speaker 2: Prof Winson Peng, Michigan State University

• Closing roundtable discussion: Prof Joe Walther, Nanyang Technical University

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