Fallon Murphy

Fallon Murphy is a Communication Studies major with a double minor in Linguistics and German and is currently in the Master’s Accelerated Program within the Department of Communication Studies. She is originally from Fort Collins, Colorado but has enjoyed living in New Mexico for the past three years. She is very involved on NMSU’s campus, being the Assistant Director of Public Relations for ASNMSU, the President of the Black Student Association, a member of the Delta Phi Alpha National German Honors Society, and the Sergeant-at-Arms for the NMSU Rotaract Club. Fallon loves to read and dabbles in graphic design. She is very excited to be part of the Discovery Scholars Program.


Project Description:

Afrofuturism is a genre of media, growing in popularity, which explores the relationship between African-American cultural practices and identity and technology within futuristic contexts. Fallon and Dr. Morgan’s study explores the impact of Afrofuturism’s popularity on changing conversations and discourse about science within African-American communities. Ultimately, they are interested in studying the impact of Afrofuturism on African-American student participation in STEM fields.



  • Project description, timeline, and milestones developed with mentor; on file with DSP
  • Complete half of project milestones
  • Complete project
  • Present scholarly work at URCAS
  • Attend a professional conference (without presenting)
  • Present scholarly work at conference, exhibition, recital, film festival, reading, etc.
  • Take the GRE
  • Author or co-author a manuscript submitted for publication
  • Promote #DiscoveryScholars ten times on social media
  • Attend workshop on applying for the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF) program
  • Apply for the NSF GRF program
  • Apply for graduate or professional school

*completed benchmarks in italics 

Fallon’s mentor: Dr. Eric Morgan:

Eric L. Morgan is an Associate Professor of Communication in the Department of Communication Studies. He received a B.A. and an M.A. from NMSU in the 1990’s before heading to the University of Massachusetts, Amherst for his doctoral work. Dr. Morgan’s research and teaching interests include a focus on intercultural communication, environmental communication, and (increasingly) science communication. He has won several teaching awards including NMSU’s Donald C. Roush Award for Teaching Excellence. Eric is the co-editor of Environmental Communication Pedagogy and Practice, which recently won the Tarla Rae Peterson Book Award in Environmental Communication. He is devoted to expanding international opportunities for students through teaching Faculty-Led International Programs. He is also the co-founder of the Global Citizens Project, which provides opportunities for students who may not have the means to travel and volunteer abroad in Costa Rica.