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UW-Eau Claire students to present research March 7 at state Capitol

March 2, 2012

Posters on The Rotunda Cover 2012EAU CLAIRE — Nine University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire students will be among the more than 200 UW System students to present their faculty/student research projects to legislators, state leaders and UW System alumni during "Posters in the Rotunda: A Celebration of Undergraduate Research," March 7 at the state Capitol in Madison.

"Posters in the Rotunda is an important opportunity for UW-Eau Claire students to interact with our state legislators," said Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich. "Through poster presentations and informal dialogue, students will demonstrate the depth of learning gained through their research, a high-impact learning experience that builds on and applies the core liberal arts education that all of our students enjoy. "

At UW-Eau Claire, 25 percent of seniors report working on a research project with a faculty mentor outside of a course, said Dr. Karen Havholm, assistant vice chancellor for research and sponsored programs.

"Students across campus have research opportunities more typical of graduate research institutions," Havholm said. "Students and faculty at UW-Eau Claire, the UW System's designated Center of Excellence for Faculty/Student Research Collaboration, regularly work together to complete nationally recognized, cutting-edge research."

Havholm said students from a variety of disciplines — including fine arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences — will present during Posters in the Rotunda.

Students presenting their research will include Kara Braunreiter, who was awarded the Kell Container Corporation Scholarship for her faculty/student research project in 2011, and Phillip Rynish, current student body president.

Participating students, their faculty mentors and research topics are:

  • Honey Moua and Alethia Moua, both senior social work majors from Eau Claire, with Dr. Leah Olson-McBride, social work: "A Vision for the Future of Eau Claire's Hmong Community: A Community-University Collaboration."
  • Benjamin Zimmer, a senior computer science-software engineering major from Rice Lake, with Dr. Nicholas Phillips, music and theatre arts: "Examining Editions of Beethoven's Piano Sonatas."

  • Phillip Rynish, a senior biology major from Seymour, with Dr. Chris Floyd, biology: "How Do Characteristics of Aspen Stands and the Surrounding Landscape Influence the Prevalence of Aspen Heartrot Fungus?"

  • John Barth, a senior social studies education major from Wisconsin Rapids, with Dr. Patricia Turner, history: "The Civil War as Total War: Madison, WI and the Creation of a Homefront."

  • Kara Braunreiter, a senior biochemistry/molecular biology major from Eau Claire, with Dr. Jamie Lyman Gingerich, biology: "Genetic Analysis of the Role of Cilia in Sensory Perception."

  • Senior psychology majors Alex DeLaPena, Eau Claire; Lindsey Havertape, Hazel Green; and Katherine Quigley, Portage, with Dr. Jennifer Muehlenkamp, psychology: "Prevalence of Self-Injury on Campus and Help-Seeking Predictors."

For more information about Posters in the Rotunda, contact Dr. Karen Havholm, UW-Eau Claire's assistant vice chancellor for research and director of the university's Center of Excellence for Faculty/Student Research Collaboration, at or 715-836-3405.



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