Seven students recently presented their research, with one receiving top honors, at the Seven Rivers Undergraduate Research Symposium at Viterbo University in La Crosse. Amy Wells, a senior sociology and mathematics double major from Somerset, received the Best Oral Research Presentation award in the social sciences category for her project, "Chinese Elderly Studies: Effects of Demographic Characteristics on Social Resources." Wells' faculty mentor on the project was Dr. Jianjun Ji, professor of sociology. "My research on the Chinese elderly looks specifically at the associations between demographic characteristics and the social resources that are available to the elderly," Wells said. Learn more about student presentation and publication opportunities here.
Nursing professor collaborates with students on food insecurity research
Dr. Mary Canales, nursing, collaborated with nursing major Brenda Kaczmarski and nursing graduate Meghan Lynch. The group created a research team composed of representatives from multiple agencies to better understanding the effects of food insecurity on local residents. The next step for Canales and the research team is to further educate the Eau Claire community about the effects of hunger among local residents. Kaczmarski said participating in the project gave her a different view of what working in public health is like and a deeper understanding of the people she will be working with in her future career as a public health nurse. Learn more about faculty-student research collaboration here.
Dr. Jim Phillips and recent UW-Eau Claire chemistry graduates Amanda Buchberger, Sam Danforth, Kaitlin Bloomgren, John Rohde and Elizabeth Smith, as well as 2011 summer NSF REU student Colin Gardener, had their manuscript published in the Journal of Physical Chemistry B. The manuscript was written almost exclusively by Buchberger as part of the requirements for departmental honors in chemistry. She now is in the chemistry doctoral program at UW-Madison. Read the manuscript here. Learn more about faculty/student research here.
Recent survey results from faculty, students and alumni:
Beginning March 18, NSF will enhance the FastLane system to begin automated
compliance checking of all required sections of proposals.
See Dr. Karen Havholm's article "Students' Commitment to Undergraduate Research" in the fall web edition of Council on Undergraduate Research Quarterly.