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UW-Eau Claire students to present research at national conference

February 2, 2012

EAU CLAIRE — Four student teams that participated in a University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire information systems research study in China will present papers at the 2012 National Conference for Undergraduate Research March 29-31 at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah.

The China study participants will be among a total of 29 UW-Eau Claire students presenting research at the conference. The UW-Eau Claire students' papers were reviewed by a Weber State faculty committee and selected from a pool of more than 3,500 submissions.

The following students participated in a study of how Chinese people make ethical decisions regarding information technology and will present their findings from that study at NCUR:

  • Michael Abbott, a senior information systems major from St. Paul, Minn., and Laura Spelbrink, a senior information systems major from Eagan, Minn., will present "IT Ethics in China and the United States."
  • Samantha Gleason, a fall 2011 philosophy and religious studies graduate from Eden Prairie, Minn., and Wai Ling Ho of Malaysia, who graduated in fall 2011 with an actuarial science major and information systems minor, will present "Cross Cultural and Demographic Differences in Stages of Moral Development in IT Ethics Context: Comparing U.S. and China."
  • Thang Nguyen, a senior accounting and information systems double major from Vietnam, will present "Regional Difference in Ethics Decision Making: A Study of IT Pre-professionals in China."
  • Donald Tsun Kwan Siu, a senior accounting and information systems double major from Hong Kong, will present "Technology Impact on IT Ethics Decision Making in China."


Dr. Bruce Lo, professor emeritus of information systems, is the students' faculty research mentor and traveled with them to China in May 2011 to conduct the IT ethics research. Their research trip was supported by UW-Eau Claire's International Fellows Program, which is funded by the Blugold Commitment. This program furthers the university's Centennial Plan goal to accelerate global learning experiences by supporting international research, creative activity and service.

Established in 1987, NCUR is dedicated to promoting undergraduate research, scholarship and creative activity in all fields of study done in partnership with faculty or other mentors as a vital component of higher education. For more information, visit the NCUR website.



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