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UW-Eau Claire students to present at national research conference

March 23, 2012

EAU CLAIRE— Twenty-nine students and two faculty members from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will attend the National Conference on Undergraduate Research March 29-31 at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah.

Students attending the conference will represent UW-Eau Claire's departments of chemistry, communication and journalism, economics, education studies, history, information systems, materials science, nursing and psychology.

"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. "This kind of student activity is a high-impact educational practice and a hallmark of our university. Our students benefit greatly from this opportunity to present their work to an audience of faculty and students from around the country."

Poster presentations will include "Emerging Adults' Plans for Work and Family" by Danielle Ryan, Eau Claire, with faculty mentor Dr. April Bleske-Rechek, psychology; and "Comfort Level of Nursing Students with Basic Nursing Skills" by Andrea Judd, Oronoco, Minn., with faculty mentor Dr. Angela Stombaugh, nursing.

Oral presentations will include "Cultivating Cultural Intelligence Through Study Abroad: Mindful Communication, Knowledge of Cultural Values, and Sojourner Adaptation Skills" by Chelsea Rebecca Jacobson, Sartell, Minn., and Britta Marquand, Amery, with faculty mentor Dr. Judy Sims, communication and journalism; and "Transition Metal Ion Characterization of Methanobactin Ob3b" by Nicholas Warren, Vadnais Heights, Minn., with faculty mentor Dr. Marc McEllistrem, Materials Science Center.

Other student research presenters are Michael Abbott, St. Paul, Minn.; Chelcea Boesiger, Two Rivers; Amanda Buchberger, Portage; Samuel Danforth, Almond; Craig Ferries, Black River Falls; Ashley Van Galen, River Falls; Samantha Gleason, Eden Prairie, Minn.; Carly Hanson, Alexandria, Minn.; Steven Hochstetler, Clayton; Rebecca Hubbard, River Falls; Michael Kosiak, Shoreview, Minn.; Elsa Kraus, Stratford; Thang Minh Nguyen, Danang, Vietnam; Katherine Quigley, Portage; Tehya M. Rice, Prior Lake, Minn.; Giney Rojas, Waunakee; Nicholas Severson, Arcadia; Donald T. Siu, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong; Laura Spelbrink, Eagan, Minn.; Shauna Stoeger, Hortonville; Sarah Tweedale, Richfield; Mai Neng Vang, Eau Claire; and Mary Wolf, Elkhorn.

NCUR was started in 1987 to promote undergraduate research, scholarship and creative activity in partnership with faculty or other mentors. The conference now regularly hosts nearly 3,000 students and their faculty mentors who present research through posters, oral presentations, visual arts and performances. More information about this year's conference is available online.

UW-Eau Claire students' travel to the conference is supported by the university's Blugold Commitment. In 2010 the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate and the UW System Board of Regents supported increasing the amount of differential tuition UW-Eau Claire students pay, with the new dollars going to fund Blugold Commitment initiatives to maintain and enhance high-impact learning experiences for students.

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