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Tip Sheet for the week of May 18, 2009

RELEASED: May 18, 2009

Story Idea
Offering research opportunities to students from institutions that cannot provide them and increasing the diversity of students pursuing careers in the sciences are two goals of a new summer chemistry program at UW-Eau Claire. Starting in June, UW-Eau Claire will offer a research program that will allow four UW-Eau Claire students and four students from regional two-year colleges to work together to conduct research under the direction of chemistry faculty members. The university is reaching out to two-year schools that have a significant population of students from underrepresented groups. The program should encourage the students to continue their formal education after they complete their two-year program. The relationships these students establish with UW-Eau Claire students and faculty during the summer program should increase the quality and diversity of students who transfer to UW-Eau Claire to study in the sciences. The three-year program — funded by a highly competitive National Science Foundation grant — will support having student researchers on campus for 10 weeks during each of the next three summers. This year's session will run from June 1 to Aug. 7. The UW-Eau Claire students will serve as mentors to the other students. The research projects will be in the areas of analytical, inorganic, organic, physical, biochemistry and materials science. For more information, contact Dr. Alan Gengenbach at 715-836-5518 or gengenaj@uwec.edu.

Story Idea
The Eau Claire City-County Health Department is again asking students to "Don't Dump It, Donate It." The department is offering services and information to help students who are moving out of apartments this month. A donation drop-off site will be assembled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, May 22, at the university's parking lot on Water Street. Items to be accepted include usable clothes, household items, non-perishable food and furniture. Daily curbside garbage pick-up will be offered through Saturday, May 23. The services are a cooperative effort of the Health Department, UW-Eau Claire Student National Environmental Health Association, the City of Eau Claire, UW-Eau Claire Parking and Transportation Services, Hope Gospel Mission, UW-Eau Claire Student Senate, Chippewa Valley Apartment Association, the Third Ward and Historic Randall Park neighborhood associations, Eau Claire Interfaith Hospitality Network, Waste Management and Veolia Environmental Services. For more information, contact Courtenay Johnson at Courtenay.Johnson@co.eau-claire.wi.us.

Calendar Note
UW-Eau Claire's three-week Summer Session classes will begin today, Monday, May 18. Classes will continue through Friday, June 5.

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