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Students and Faculty to Attend National Research Conference
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MAILED: March 18, 1998

EAU CLAIRE -- Eleven University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire students and two faculty members will attend the 12th annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research at Salisbury State University, Md., April 23-25.
Usually there are two or three UW-Eau Claire students who attend the conference, said Chris Lind, assistant dean for research. But this year eleven students applied and eleven students were accepted to present their projects, Lind said. They will join more than 2,000 undergraduates from across the nation participating in the conference.
Most of the conference consists of presentations made by students. The conference gives students an opportunity to learn from other students, he said.
Much of the money for research projects came from differential tuition, he said. There are a variety of research projects that the students have worked on through the student/faculty collaborative research program.
Jasmine Lok, a senior history major from Maple Grove, Minn., and Heather Mills, a senior elementary education major from Bloomer, examined "The Hmong in Transition: An Exploration of Life from Laos to America." The students researched how Hmong folk stories have changed in America. Monica Chiu, assistant professor of English, was the faculty collaborator on the project and will attend the conference in April.
Senior Matt Vogel, physics major from Beldenville, researched " Low Temperature Sputtering Yield of AG-Cu alloys for 200eV Ar+." Vogel's research results have broad ramifications in the technological application and fundamental understanding of sputtering of multi element-multi phase materials. This thin film integrated circuit metallization research has application in the semiconductor industry. Kim Pierson, assistant professor of physics and astronomy, worked with Vogel on this project, and also will attend the conference.
Senior Molly Dahl, a psychology major from Chilton, and senior Shelby Haschker, a psychology major from Whitefish Bay, will present a project titled "To See our Poster as Others See It." They studied poster content and design to help researchers construct more effective posters. Blaine Peden, professor of psychology collaborated with this project.
Senior Bethany Perry, a music therapy major from Baldwin, and Wendy Wolslegel, a senior music therapy major from Washburn, will present research titled "Assessment of Effectiveness of Soundbeam to Ellicit Movement and Social Interaction." They analyzed individual patients with limited movement and their reaction to music therapy utilizing Soundbeam intervention. Lee Anna Rasar, associate professor of Allied Health, worked with the students.
Senior Karena Andraska, a senior economics major from Wisconsin Rapids, will present a project titled "The effect of Wages and Industry Mix on Per Capita Income." She examined the trend toward per capita income equality in the 1970s and the inequality in the 1980s. She worked with Jan Hansen, economics professor.
Senior William Ruffing, a computer science major from New Holstein, and junior Jason Godfrey, a computer science major from Brooklyn Park, Minn., researched "Web-based Interface for a Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics Simulation." They created an intuitive GUI for current and future asteroid impact researchers and provided the application on the web. Paul Thomas, associate professor of physics and astronomy, collaborated with the project.
Junior Anna Kindt, a physics major from Eleva, researched the "Impact Simulations of Layered Asteroids using SPH." She used a Smooth Particle Hydrodynamics code to analyze three-dimensional models of high-speed collisions between asteroids. Thomas also worked with Kindt on the project.
"We are pleased we have humanities, professional studies, sciences and social sciences represented," Lind said. "The UW-Eau Claire image is enhanced on a national level by our students participating."


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Updated: March 18, 1998