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UW-Eau Claire students to present research at state Capitol April 17

April 11, 2013

2013PostersInTheRotundaEAU CLAIRE — Six University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire students and one alumna will be among the more than 100 UW System students to present their faculty/student research projects to legislators, state leaders and UW System alumni during "Posters in the Rotunda: UW Research Powers Wisconsin," April 17 at the state Capitol in Madison.

"Posters in the Rotunda is an important part of ongoing, meaningful and productive discussions with the many entities that are so committed to keeping our region and Wisconsin moving forward," said Dr. Gilles Bousquet, UW-Eau Claire's interim chancellor. "Our students demonstrate the depth of learning and talent developed through their research, a high-impact learning experience."

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 is above the national average for institutions like ours, according to the National Survey of Student Engagement," Havholm said.

Students from a variety of disciplines will present during Posters in the Rotunda —including chemistry, education studies, foreign languages, music and theatre arts, nursing and the Watershed Institute for Collaborative Environmental Studies.

Award winners from UW-Eau Claire's 2012 Student Research Day will be among the student presenters. Participating students, their faculty mentors and research topics are:

  • Jordyn Beranek, Rice Lake, with Dr. Mitra Sadeghpour, music and theatre arts: "L'heure du Mystére: Cécile Chaminade in America."

  • Danielle Bronshteyn, Elk River, and alumna April Ross, Wauwatosa, with Dr. Karen Mumford, Watershed Institute for Collaborative Environmental Studies: "A Spatial Analysis of Parking Behaviors and Drivers' Perspectives at UW-Eau Claire."

  • Samara Gaitan, Arcadia, and Sheina Wind, Platteville, with Jodi Thesing-Ritter and Heather Harris, Dean of Students Office: "Blugold Beginnings Multicultural Learning Community: A Comparison of Campus Involvement and Persistence."

  • Brenda Kaczmarski, Deer Park, with Dr. Mary Canales, nursing, and Nancy Coffey, community partner: "The Meaning of Food Insecurity in Eau Claire County: Research Challenges and Preliminary Results."

  • Ashley Van Galen, River Falls, with Dr. Warren Gallagher, chemistry: "The Structural Characterization and Copper-binding Properties of Methanobactin Derivatives Isolated from the Methane-oxidizing Bacteria Methylosinus Trichosporium (mb-OB3b) and Methylocystis Strain SB2 (mb-SB2)."

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

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