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UW-Eau Claire graduate student to present award-winning thesis

April 26, 2012
 Amber Zank
Amber Zank
EAU CLAIRE — University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire graduate Amber Zank earned first-place honors in UW-Eau Claire's 2012 Distinguished Master's Thesis Competition.

Zank will give a presentation on her award-winning thesis, "Training Individuals to Implement a Brief Experimental Analysis of Oral Reading Fluency," at 3:30 p.m. May 3 in Room 1142 of the Old Library. The presentation will be followed by a discussion.

Zank earned her bachelor's degree from UW-Eau Claire in 2009 and her master of science in education in school psychology from UW-Eau Claire in 2010. She will graduate in May as an educational specialist in school psychology.

Zank's study is an examination of different methods of training individuals to implement evidence-based reading interventions for elementary school-aged students, said Dr. Michael Axelrod, Zank's thesis adviser.

"Her study is significant in that it found that all three conditions — a basic training, a basic training plus practice and a basic training plus practice and performance feedback — produced exceptionally high levels of intervention implementation fidelity," Axelrod said.

Each year, faculty members are invited to nominate exceptional quality theses, with judging provided by a Graduate Council faculty committee. The Distinguished Master's Thesis Award includes a $500 prize and submission to the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools thesis competition.

For more information about the competition, contact Nancy Amdahl in Graduate Studies at amdahlnj@uwec.edu or 715-836-2721.

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