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Student Research Day to feature nearly 270 projects

RELEASED: April 20, 2010

graphic for Student Research Day 2010EAU CLAIRE — University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire students will display their faculty-mentored student research, scholarly and creative projects at the 18th annual Student Research Day April 26-28.

Approximately 270 student projects will be on display from noon-6 p.m. April 26, from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. April 27 and from 8 a.m.-noon April 28 in Zorn Arena. Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich will give a reception welcome address at 4:15 p.m. April 26 in the Tamarack Room of Davies Center. Student Research Day awards and a Kell Container Corp. Collaborative Research Scholarship will be announced.

Student Research Day 2009
A view from above shows the activity as students displayed 277 research, scholarly and creative projects at the 2009 Student Research Day in Zorn Arena. (Photos by Rick Mickelson, LTS)

The event highlights student research accomplishments and the important role faculty and academic staff serve as mentors in the scholarly activity process. Student Research Day encourages dissemination of research results from all disciplines represented in the UW-Eau Claire academic community.

Dr. Karen Havholm, assistant vice chancellor for research and director of the Center of Excellence for Faculty and Undergraduate-Student Research Collaboration, said the best part about Student Research Day is the energy and excitement the students generate.

"They are so knowledgeable about their topics and are so ready and able to explain their methods, approach and results to anyone who will listen," she said. "I am amazed every year by the breadth of topics presented and the depth of understanding the students display."

Havholm said the subject area most represented at this year's event, with about 40 posters, is psychology. The number of arts and humanities presentations continues to grow, as well as projects focusing on aspects of teaching and learning at UW-Eau Claire, she said.

Students gain a variety of valuable skills by participating, Havholm said. After conducting extensive research, students understand their area of study more deeply. They not only know the facts but also understand how the knowledge in that discipline is created. Perseverance is needed as well. Havholm mentioned that research and the creative process rarely go smoothly. Students have to work on a project fairly independently over an extended period of time. The relationships students develop with mentors also are very valuable both on a personal and professional level. Mentors can help students in the professional world by serving as references or writing strong letters of recommendation.

The event is sponsored by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. Visit the ORSP website and click on "Student Research Day" for further information.

For additional information about the event, e-mail orsp@uwec.edu or call 715-836-3405.

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