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Mathematics student recognized at La Crosse research symposium

RELEASED: Dec. 10, 2009

EAU CLAIRE — A University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire mathematics student received an award for her research presentation at the Seven Rivers Undergraduate Research Symposium Nov. 6 at Viterbo University in La Crosse.

Senior Kaitlyn Hellenbrand, Waunakee, received the Outstanding Student Presentation award for her presentation titled "Polynomial Equations over Matrices."

"It was well received by my audience," Hellenbrand said. "The faculty and students at Viterbo were very welcoming, and they were delighted that we came to present our research projects."

Two other UW-Eau Claire students presented at the conference as well. Senior Scott Larson, Eau Claire, presented "Chaos and Equicontinuity," and Senior Dan Wackwitz, Green Bay, presented "Deformation and Extension Theory of Associative Algebras."

"The math department strongly encourages student research," said Dr. Colleen Duffy, assistant professor of mathematics. "We emphasize excellent teaching and collaborative work with students — inside and outside of the classroom. The students love being involved in the research projects and we are very proud of their work."

The symposium, which highlighted student research accomplishments, offered students from six area colleges and universities an opportunity to give an oral presentation or a poster of their research in the natural, health, behavioral or social sciences.

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