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Students present research at national conference

RELEASED: April 7, 2011

NCUR Participants

UW-Eau Claire students at Ithaca College, Ithaca, N.Y.

EAU CLAIRE — Thirteen students from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire attended the National Conference on Undergraduate Research March 31-April 2 at Ithaca College in New York.

All of the UW-Eau Claire abstracts submitted to the conference were accepted for presentation. The student co-authors represented UW-Eau Claire departments of chemistry, history, psychology, mathematics, computer science, information systems, foreign languages, and communication and journalism. Travel to the conference was supported by Blugold Commitment funding.

"This kind of student activity is a high-impact educational practice and a hallmark of the university," said Dr. Karen Havholm, assistant vice chancellor for research and director of the Center of Excellence for Faculty/Student Research Collaboration at UW-Eau Claire. "They benefit greatly from the opportunity to present their work to an audience of faculty and students from around the country."

Senior James Kasson, Iola, said his research on the online behavior of global Internet audiences was eye-opening and helped strengthen his information systems skills. Kasson also said that presenting at a national conference was both rewarding and humbling.

"It's a great feeling to be appreciated for the work that you and your faculty mentor have done," Kasson said.

Junior Shauna Stoeger, Hortonville, and senior Tehya Rice, Prior Lake, Minn., gave an oral presentation of their research, "Green Behavior: The Effect of Political Ideology on Eco-Friendly Nature."

"For me, doing research has meant being able to investigate the world and explore possibilities as to why we, as a society, are the way we are," Stoeger said, adding that she hopes to continue researching and presenting at conferences in the future.

Other student research presenters were seniors Shilo Bender, Ridgeway; Craig Ferries, Black River Falls; Josh Frinak, Green Bay; Austen Ott, Mount Horeb; Amanda Lindahl, Frederic; Tarama Poncelet, Zumbrota, Minn.; Anna Lukes, Reedsburg; and Elizabeth Wallace, Merrill; junior Chelsea Jacobson, Sartell, Minn.; and recent graduate Patrick Konsor, Willmar, Minn.

NCUR started in 1987 at the University of North Carolina at Asheville to promote undergraduate research, scholarship and creative activity in partnership with faculty or other mentors. The conference now regularly hosts about 2,000 students and their faculty mentors who present research through posters, oral presentations, visual arts and performances.

More information about this year's conference is available online.

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