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Student Research Day to Feature
168 Exhibits April 27-28
MAILED: April 24, 1998|
EAU CLAIRE -- A record number of students and faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will showcase their collaborative research efforts during the sixth annual Student Research Day April 27-28.
Exhibits total 164 for this year's show, an increase of 25 percent from last year and an increase of 175 percent since the event started six years ago, said Christopher Lind, assistant dean for research at UW-Eau Claire. The presentations represent work by 261 students in collaboration with 192 faculty mentors.
"About half of the presentations are from the sciences and the other 50 percent come from disciplines across the campus," Lind said. "And of the 168 posters, 156 - or 93 percent - involve undergraduate students who collaborated with faculty on research projects. I think that those numbers really underscore our thrust toward emphasizing undergraduate research at UW-Eau Claire."
People may view the poster presentations from noon to 8 p.m. April 27 and from 8 a.m. to noon April 28. The posters will be displayed in the Council Fire Room and Alumni Room of Davies Center.
A reception will begin at 3:30 p.m. April 27 in the Tamarack Room of Davies Center. Winners of Student Research Day awards and the Kell Container Corporation Scholarship for Faculty/Student Collaborative Research will be announced during that reception.
Lind said there are more research projects this year that cross departmental lines. For example, mathematicians and scientists have combined resources to participate in joint research projects with students, he said.
"The presentations come from 33 departments and units throughout our campus, making the Student Research Day truly a university wide event," Lind said.
The increase in poster displays reflects the increasing amount of student and faculty joint research projects that are under way in all departments on campus, Lind said, noting that the use of differential tuition dollars for research has helped increase those numbers this year.
"Research Day may continue to get bigger because now we have new funds so we can fund summer research as well as projects during the academic year," Lind said, adding that his office has increased its efforts to make all faculty aware of those research dollars.
While the Student Research Day entries have risen, so too has the quality of those entries, Lind said. Some of the presenters will be creating poster presentations for the first time but others have four or five years of experience to draw from, he said.
Six judges will be on campus to evaluate Student Research Day presentations in the categories of Arts and Humanities, Business and Professional, Behavioral and Social Sciences, and Natural and Physical Sciences.
The judges are Dena Wortzel from the Wisconsin Humanities Council, Suzanne Matthew from the Area Health Education Center Inc., Stephen Bunker from UW-Madison, Kenneth Nikels from the Council on Undergraduate Research, LeRoy Lee from the Wisconsin Academy of Science, Arts & Letters, and Dan Olson from Edgewood College.
For more information about Student Research Day, call Lind at (715) 836-3405.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: April 23, 1998