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Political Science Faculty Member Elected as a
Councilor for Council on Undergraduate Research

RELEASED: Feb. 15, 2007

Dr. Geoff Peterson
Dr. Geoff Peterson

EAU CLAIRE — Dr. Geoffrey Peterson, associate professor of political science and American Indian Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, has been elected as a Councilor in the Social Science division of the Council on Undergraduate Research.

The CUR is a national organization that supports and promotes high-quality undergraduate student-faculty collaborative research and scholarship.

Peterson, who will serve a three-year term with CUR, is the first social scientist from UW-Eau Claire to serve as a CUR Councilor.

Peterson's election recognizes his high quality work with undergraduate researchers and his growing visibility in this area at the national level, said Karen Havholm, interim assistant vice chancellor in the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.

Paula Kleintjes-Neff, chair of the biology department, is currently a CUR Councilor in the Biology Division. Past CUR councilors from UW-Eau Claire include Havholm; Leo Ochrymowycz, Philip Chenier and Scott Hartsel from the chemistry department; and Chris Lind, retired head of the ORSP.

Trained as an election and political behavior specialist at the University of Iowa, Peterson's research ideas come from the intersection of political science and psychology, his two undergraduate majors. His current projects include the causes of voter roll-off, American Indian voting, late-night talk show politics, the impact of televised debates, committees in the Senate and cross-national incumbency rates.

"I am a very strong supporter of student-faculty collaborative research," Peterson said, noting that he has participated in over a dozen collaborative projects with students. "I am always looking for new ideas and new collaborators."

Peterson earned a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Iowa. He joined UW-Eau Claire in 2000 and is frequently sought for expert comment by members of the media.

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