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Students to present research at state Capitol

RELEASED: May 3, 2010

image for Posters in the RotundaEAU CLAIRE — Nine University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire students will present six research projects to legislators, state leaders and UW System alumni and supporters during "Posters in the Rotunda: A Celebration of Undergraduate Research" May 5 at the state Capitol in Madison.

Participating students, their majors, faculty mentors and research topics are:

  • James Bomber, Eau Claire, physics, (Dr. Thomas Lockhart), "Bouncing Liquid Jets."
  • Pa Sia Lor Moua, Eau Claire, elementary education, (Dr. Aram deKoven), "Identifying the Hurdles and Springboards to Admission, Persistence, and Graduation for Students of Color in a Teacher Education Program."
  • Kaleb Durocher, Wisconsin Rapids, art; Andrew Kaiser, Eau Claire, art; and Daniel Smith, Golden Valley, Minn., art; (Jyl Kelley and Wanrudee Buranakorn), "Residual Reality."
  • Michael Joseph Fox, Altoona, English, (Dr. Erica Benson), "The Bag that Scott Bought: The Low Back Vowel Merger, Northern Cities Shift, and Pre-Velar Raising in Eau Claire, Wisconsin."
  • Kaitlyn Pettingill, Superior, biology, (Dr. Christina Hupy), "Dendrochronological History of the Lower Chippewa River Valley."
  • Tory Miller, Rice Lake, psychology; and Ashley Zellhoefer, Kenosha, psychology and music, (Dr. Jennifer Muehlenkamp) "Stress, Coping, and Suicidal Ideation in College Students."

Students and faculty at UW-Eau Claire, the UW System's designated Center of Excellence for Faculty and Undergraduate Student Research Collaboration, regularly work together to complete nationally recognized, cutting-edge research in a variety of disciplines. Students across campus have research opportunities often found only at large graduate research institutions.

In Madison UW-Eau Claire students and faculty mentors will join researchers from other UW System schools to discuss their work and the value of undergraduate research.

For more information about the event, contact Dr. Karen Havholm, UW-Eau Claire's assistant vice chancellor for research and director of the university's Center of Excellence for Faculty/Student Research Collaboration, at havholkg@uwec.edu or 715-836-3405.

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