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Research Paper

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This undergraduate scholarly work was selected as an Outstanding Contribution to Undergraduate Scholarship and presented at the College of Arts & Sciences Annual Academic Symposium in May 2015. Johnson & Wales University, Providence Downcity Campus, Providence, Rhode Island. Gabrielle Longo's work was nominated by Professor Patrick Leary.

Abstract

The “dumb jock” stereotype prevalence is being questioned, along with its validity throughout this thesis. More negative articles about student-athletes are known by the public, while the successes have been buried beneath them. This thesis will discuss what the “dumb jock” stereotype is, what previous research has been done with it while determining the prevalence of the “dumb jock” stereotype and challenging its accuracy. Multiple student-athletes and non-student athletes from two different athletic divisions institutions were surveyed on the stereotype along with personal experience was pulled together to determine if this is a problem, and if it’s true. A majority of student- athletes and non-student athletes agreed that the “dumb jock” stereotype is not prevalent in their institutions, and that it is not a valid label. The implications from this thesis prove that the “dumb jock” stereotype needs to be further researched and removed from some institutions.

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