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Students to present research at state capitol April 6

RELEASED: April 1, 2011

EAU CLAIRE — Seven University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire students will present their faculty/student research projects to legislators, state leaders and UW System alumni during "Posters in the Rotunda: A Celebration of Undergraduate Research" April 6 at the state capitol in Madison.

UW-Eau Claire students will join more than 100 students and their faculty mentors from throughout the UW System at the eighth annual event.

Dr. Karen Havholm, assistant vice chancellor for research, said that through poster presentations and informal dialogue "students will demonstrate the depth of learning gained through their research, as well as the overall quality of their UW-Eau Claire education."

"This is an exciting opportunity for UW-Eau Claire students to interact with our state legislators," Havholm said.

According to Havholm, students and faculty at UW-Eau Claire — the UW System's designated Center of Excellence for Faculty/Student Research Collaboration — regularly work together to complete nationally recognized, cutting-edge research in a variety of disciplines.

"Students across campus have research opportunities more typical of graduate research institutions," Havholm said.

Participating UW-Eau Claire students, their faculty mentors and research topics are:

  • Spencer Rohlinger, Fitchburg; with Dr. Ruth Cronje, English; and Kelly Murray, biology; "Promoting Students' Scientific Understanding with the Science Writing Heuristic."

  • Alyssa French, De Pere; with Dr. Gary VanGuilder, kinesiology; "The Presence of Metabolic Syndrome in Young Adults of Asian Descent."

  • Mark Bauer, Marshfield; with Dr. Simei Tong, mathematics; "Optimizing the Evacuation of Hospitals Phase II."

  • Heather Harris, Stanley; and Danielle Ryan, Eau Claire; with Dr. April Bleske-Rechek, pyschology; "UWEC Students' Scientific Literacy and Attitudes Toward Science and Technology as a Function of Gender, Discipline, and Year in College."

  • Emely Hamann, Bloomington, Minn.; and Bret Meier, Oshkosh; with Dr. Doug Dunham and Dr. Marc McEllistrem, Materials Science Center; "Nanoswitches for Energy Savings Applications."

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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