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Dr. Mary Canales named Faculty Fellow in Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

RELEASED: May 10, 2010

Dr. Mary Canales
Dr. Mary Canales

EAU CLAIRE — Dr. Mary Canales, associate professor of nursing at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, has been selected as the Faculty Fellow in the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs for the 2010-11 academic year.

In her role as Fellow, Canales will continue to develop research-related services for students and faculty. In particular, she will explore and identify ways to increase student awareness about research and scholarly opportunities, including faculty-student collaborations.

"Being the ORSP Fellow will provide me with direct connections to faculty-student collaborative efforts and generate new ideas for my own student-faculty research collaborations," Canales said.

The Faculty Fellows contribute greatly to the university's research efforts because they bring new ideas and a different perspective to ORSP, said Dr. Karen Havholm, assistant vice chancellor for research and director of UW-Eau Claire's Center of Excellence for Faculty and Undergraduate Student Research Collaboration.

"Our Fellows bring fresh ideas to ORSP, and their energy, enthusiasm and hard work are critical to the ability of ORSP to expand its capabilities," Havholm said.

Each year more than 800 students strengthen their liberal arts education by taking part in challenging research with faculty who provide guidance, direction and support, Havholm said, noting that about 270 student projects were on display at the most recent ORSP-sponsored Student Research Day.

"One of the goals of the Fellows program is to provide an opportunity to obtain different experiences than might otherwise be possible in a traditional faculty role," Havholm said. "The personal satisfaction and development from these experiences carry back to their teaching, research and scholarly activities, ultimately benefitting UW-Eau Claire students."

Canales joined UW-Eau Claire in 2009, but she is familiar with the UW System. She earned two degrees from UW-Madison — a bachelor's degree in nursing in 1983 and a doctorate in nursing in 1998. She earned a master's degree in nursing administration from Georgetown University in 1989.

Dr. Jennifer Shaddock, professor of English, was the first ORSP Fellow in 2007-08 and she wrote an institutional grant proposal. Dr. Patricia Turner, professor of history and the 2008-09 Fellow, led a revision and update of ORSP's Web site. Dr. David Jewett, professor of psychology and the 2009-10 Fellow, spearheaded efforts to develop a system that ensures students are trained in the responsible conduct of research.

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