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UW-Eau Claire Students
Present Geology Research
MAILED: May 5, 2000

EAU CLAIRE — Two students from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire recently traveled to Vancouver, British Columbia, and presented their research at the 96th annual meeting of the Cordilleran Section of the Geological Society of America.
Seniors Jody Brandrup, Eau Claire, and Melissa Klinger, Beaver Dam, presented research posters at the conference April 27-29 in front of approximately 600 geoscientists from Canada and the United States.
Klinger presented research she has done on the geochemistry of conglomerate rocks in Baja, Calif. Through work in the laboratory, Klinger has found two clast categories with specific geochemical signatures relating to their origin.
Brandrup conducted research on glacial and interglacial sedimentation in the Puget Lowland area of Washington. She found two distinct source regions for the sediments found in that area: glacial deposits from the Cordilleran Ice Sheet and interglacial deposits originating from the Cascade Mountain Range.
Klinger and Brandrup submitted their work to the Geological Society and were accepted as presenters.
"There was a call for abstracts involving my research, so I submitted my abstract and it was accepted," Brandrup said.
Dr. Brian Mahoney, assistant professor of geology at UW-Eau Claire, has helped the students along the way by serving as the faculty mentor on the projects.
"Not many undergraduates have the experience of presenting at professional meetings and of meeting professionals also researching the same problems," Klinger said.
Klinger and Brandrup's posters were well-received at the conference and the two said they learned a lot from the experience.
"I was able to meet many other people with higher degrees also researching in Baja, Calif.," Klinger said. "The hard, long hours of work definitely paid off."
Brandrup said that attending conferences similar to this one is very beneficial for students and faculty.
"Many (of the professionals at the conference) were very excited and supportive of the next step (of my research)," Brandrup said. "The opportunities that exist at these conferences are amazing for students and faculty alike."

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Updated: May 4, 2000