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Student Research Day to celebrate faculty-student scholarship

April 25, 2012

EAU CLAIRE — University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire students will display their faculty-mentored student research and scholarly and creative projects April 30-May 2 at the 20th annual Student Research Day.

More than 500 students will share 284 faculty-mentored projects via posters on display from noon-6 p.m. April 30, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. May 1 and 8 a.m.-noon May 2 in Zorn Arena. The event highlights student research and creative accomplishments and the important role faculty and academic staff serve as mentors. The public is welcome to attend, and students will be at their posters to answer questions from noon-4 p.m. April 30.

"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. "This is above the national average, according to the National Survey of Student Engagement.

"The dedicated faculty at UW-Eau Claire play a critical role in making this level of student participation possible," Havholm said. "Each year, faculty and academic staff mentor more than 800 students on research and scholarly and creative projects."

Many posters at this year's event will focus on diversity and inclusiveness, with several projects centered on Wisconsin. Examples include:

·"Playing Through: African American Baseball in Dunn County, Wisconsin" by Matthew Charles Carter, Reedsburg; with history faculty mentor Dr. John W.W. Mann.

·"Opportunities for Outstanding Mathematics Performance for Hmong Students (OOMPH)" by Meghan Marie Christenson, McFarland, and Julia Marie Baranek, Port Washington, with mathematics faculty mentor Dr. Manda Riehl.

·"Milwaukee's North Avenue: A Racialized Landscape" by Corrin Francis Turkowitch, Wauwatosa, with geography and anthropology faculty mentor Dr. Ezra J. Zeitler.

·"Restructuring a Myth: Economic Impact of Casinos in the Chippewa Valley" by Lisa Ann Chase, Waupaca, with American Indian studies faculty mentor Heather Moody.

Many Student Research Day projects were funded by the Blugold Commitment, a student-supported differential tuition invested in programs that add value to the Blugold degree through high-impact learning experiences such as collaborative undergraduate research and multicultural study.

"Student Research Day embodies the university's mission to provide exemplary student-faculty research and scholarship that enhance learning," said Dr. Patricia A. Kleine, provost and vice chancellor of academic affairs. "This collaborative work with faculty mentors helps prepare our students to achieve success in an increasingly interdependent world."

Students across the UW-Eau Claire campus have research opportunities more typical of graduate research institutions, Havholm said.

"Mentored research is a high-impact practice that helps students go beyond the facts and learn how new knowledge is created in their disciplines," Havholm said.

Student Research Day is sponsored by UW-Eau Claire's Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.

For more information about the event, go to the ORSP website, send email to orsp@uwec.edu or call 715-836-3405.

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