"Faculty have been incredibly supportive and encouraged me to explore new research interests that I never would have thought about had it not been for the wide range of fascinating topics discussed in class."

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Student Profile: Catherine Jeffery

Communication master's student in the Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology

September 13, 2021
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In my spare time, I enjoy reading fiction, playing tennis, and going on long walks around my neighbourhood. I also love visiting new places and trying new foods.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO COME TO SFU?

I chose SFU because of the Communication program's critical emphasis and amazing faculty. The ability to live and study in Vancouver was also a major draw for me, as I love the outdoors and being close to the ocean.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR RESEARCH OR YOUR PROGRAM TO A FAMILY MEMBER?

My research focuses on the ways that finance has become a key part of everyday life. My thesis project examines robo-advisors, which are mobile investing apps. I explore what users learn about financial markets through using these apps and how users talk about this in online discussion forums. 

WHAT ARE YOU PARTICULARLY ENJOYING ABOUT YOUR STUDIES/RESEARCH AT SFU?

Even though I started my degree virtually, I have felt a strong sense of community with fellow students in my program. Getting to know people, even without seeing them in-person, has been really amazing. As well, faculty have been incredibly supportive and encouraged me to explore new research interests that I never would have considered otherwise.

HAVE YOU BEEN THE RECIPIENT OF ANY MAJOR OR DONOR-FUNDED AWARDS? IF SO, PLEASE TELL US WHICH ONES AND A LITTLE ABOUT HOW THE AWARDS HAVE IMPACTED YOUR STUDIES AND/OR RESEARCH.

It was my honour to receive a SSHRC-CGSM award this spring to support my studies. I feel extremely grateful to have received such a generous amount of funding, which has allowed me to focus on my academic activities.

 

Contact : catherine_jeffery@sfu.ca

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