About the Lab


SML students and Director Natalie Bazarova

L-R: Shruti Sannon, Yoon Choi, Bin Xu, SML Director Natalie Bazarova, Sam Taylor, Amanda Purington

About the SML

The faculty and students working in the Social Media Lab at Cornell are interested in the way people live, behave, think, share, and love online.  The SML investigates a variety of behaviors that take place online, including language processes, self-presentation on social networking sites, online social support and health, and the formation of attributions and relationships.  The Lab is a state-of-the-art facility that is supported by funding from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and Cornell University.


October 2016: SML Director Dr. Natalie Bazarova received the 2016 Rising Star Faculty Award from the CALS Alumni Association!  Congrats, Natalie!

In addition, SML Affiliated Faculty member Janis Whitlock was quoted in two articles about social media use and mental illness among teens, one in Time and one in The Ringer.

September 2016: Grad students Sam Taylor and Franccesca Kazerooni are participating in the National Communication Association Pre-Conference on Bullying, where they will discuss their project on cyberbullying.  Yoon Choi will present her work on mental health and self-disclosure on Facebook at the NCA conference as well.

Summer 2016: A lot has changed after a year in our new space!  Grad student Pamara Chang has defended her dissertation and is starting as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Cincinnati this fall.  Yoon Choi has accepted a position as a lecturer at Ithaca College.

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