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Anonymous $10,000 Gift to UW-Eau Claire Makes Student Opportunity Fund Possible

RELEASED: Oct. 6, 2005

Excellence sealEAU CLAIRE — An anonymous $10,000 gift to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's physics and astronomy department would create a student opportunity fund to support student research projects, provided an additional $10,000 in matching funding is raised by the UW-Eau Claire Foundation by Dec. 31, 2005.

"The opportunity fund would help students take classroom learning to a higher level by enabling them to pursue ambitious research projects, participate in study abroad experience or explore a concept in more depth," said Dr. J. Erik Hendrickson, chair of the UW-Eau Claire physics and astronomy department.

The physics and astronomy department already has a strong reputation for providing challenging projects, Hendrickson said.

"The matching fund gives us a brand new way for alumni and emeriti to strengthen and enhance the excellence of the department," Hendrickson said. "It will provide more and even better learning opportunities to our current and future students and that will help us continue to recruit and retain the best and the brightest students."

Emeriti faculty recognize the importance of providing student research opportunities and strongly support the matching gift campaign, said Dr. Bill Smethells, physics and astronomy professor emeritus who helped kick off the matching funding initiative along with emeriti professors, Dr. Phil Chute, Jim Simonsen and Bob Elliott.

Smethells points out the department has excellent facilities to support student initiatives, which include the Casey Observatory, L.E. Phillips Planetarium, optics research lab, surface science research labs, thin-film research lab, electron microscopy lab, synchrotron radiation center, electronics lab, machine shop and 14-inch and 24-inch computer controlled telescopes at Hobbs Observatory.

"Using these facilities, the physics and astronomy faculty have developed some excellent research programs for collaborative work with students," said Smethells. "To continue and expand these opportunities for students it is important for everyone associated with the department to support this fund.

"I am particularly pleased with the broad reach of the Physics and Astronomy Opportunity Fund effort: current and emeriti faculty and, especially, alumni, all have an opportunity to contribute, expanding these valuable learning opportunities for students."

See the physics and astronomy department Web site for more information on the department's research efforts and the matching fund opportunity.

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