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UW-Eau Claire Psychology Students Awarded
First Place at Undergraduate Research Symposium

RELEASED: Dec. 5, 2008

EAU CLAIRE — Two psychology students from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire received first place for their research project and presentation at the sixth annual Seven Rivers Undergraduate Research Symposium held earlier this month in La Crosse.

The symposium, highlighting student research accomplishments in the natural, health, behavioral or social sciences, included student presentations, poster displays, a reception and a keynote address by Dr. Peter Nowak, outreach chair for the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at UW-Madison,

Sophomore Jessica Sprain, Woodbury, Minn., and junior Randy Lim, Hopkins, Minn., presented a 15-minute presentation titled "Tray-less Dining and its Effects on Student Behavior." They also answered questions from the judges.

For their naturalistic observation study, Sprain and Lim observed students in the cafeteria to record the number of plates they used and number of trips they made per meal. The project was conducted as part of their "Research Methods" class with Dr. Blaine Peden.

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