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UW-Eau Claire Student Research Day
to Feature Record Number of Displays

RELEASED: April 21, 2009

Student Research Day 2008 image
Winners of 2008 Student Research Day second-place honors in the behavioral and social sciences category posed by the poster for their research project, "Gambling Behavior in the Pigeon." Research team members included (from left) Alia Groth, Rochelle Smits, Travis Smith and faculty mentor Dan Holt. Also on the team but not included in the photo was Ryan Stone. (UW-Eau Claire photo by Rick Mickelson)

EAU CLAIRE — University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire students will display their faculty-mentored student research, scholarly and creative projects at the 17th annual Student Research Day April 27-29.

A record number of research posters will be on display a day longer this year from noon to 5 p.m. April 27, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 28, and from 8 a.m. to noon April 29 in Zorn Arena. Judging will take place from 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 27.

The event, sponsored by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, will highlight student research accomplishments and the important role faculty and academic staff play as mentors in the scholarly activity process. The diverse nature of research being conducted on campus can be viewed through the poster exhibits included in this year's Student Research Day.

With 277 projects to be displayed, Dr. Karen Havholm, assistant vice chancellor for research and director of the Center of Excellence for Faculty/Student Research Collaboration, said she was happy to see a record number of submissions this year, an increase of nearly 40 projects over last year.

A 10-member faculty judging panel from The College of Wooster; University of California Los Angeles; Macalester College; Baylor College of Medicine; Lake Forest College; University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and Morris campuses; Cornell University and Winona State University will select posters for special recognition in the categories of arts and humanities, behavioral and social sciences, business and professional studies, natural and physical sciences, and graduate entries. This year's panel of judges includes four alumni.

The university community is encouraged to view the exhibit and meet with the student researchers, who will be available to discuss their posters from noon until 4 p.m. on April 27. At 4:15 p.m., Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich will welcome participants and the Research Day Award winners will be announced in the Tamarack Room of Davies Center.

Music at the reception will be provided by a combined faculty-student jazz combo led by Phillip Ostrander of the music and theatre arts department. In addition, the artwork of student Justin Vajko, which was used for this year's Research Day advertising and abstract book cover, will be on display.

This year, science and math student presenters also will be available to discuss their work from 10:15 to 11 a.m. April 28, when area high school students will visit the display. The public is also invited to this free event.

For more information, contact Havholm at 715-836-3405.

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