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Graduate student to present award-winning thesis
on reading intervention

RELEASED: March 22, 2010

EAU CLAIRE — Sim Yin Tan, a University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire graduate student from Malaysia, was selected as this year's "Thesis of the Year" recipient. Tan will present her award-winning thesis, "English Language Learners' Response to Culturally Relevant Reading Intervention," as the 2010 UW-Eau Claire's Distinguished Master's Thesis Presentation.

Sim Yin Tan
Sim Yin Tan

The presentation will take place from 1-2 p.m. April 8 in Room 2022 of McIntyre Library. Tan is pursuing a specialist in education degree in school psychology.

"Sim Yin Tan's topic is current and certainly relevant to one of the current topics in education — teaching with the learner's culture in mind," said Dr. Sue McIntyre, professor of education studies. "Culturally relevant reading intervention, as her thesis explores, is a critical way to 'speed up' reading comprehension for every learner, even when a language other than English is in place."

Dr. Barbara Lozar, graduate program director of the specialist in education-school psychology program; Dr. Mary Beth Leibham, assistant professor of psychology; and McIntyre were the faculty members on Tan's thesis committee.

"Tan is among the top five or six students we have had in the 40 years of the school psychology graduate program," Lozar said. "We are delighted to see her honored."

The presentation is free and open to the public and dessert and beverages will be provided. The event is sponsored by the UW-Eau Claire Graduate Council and the Office of Graduate Studies.

For more information, contact Nancy Amdahl, dean assistant in Graduate Studies, at 715-836-2721 or amdahlnj@uwec.edu.

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