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Undergraduate Research Week declared by U.S. House of Representatives

RELEASED: April 11, 2011

EAU CLAIRE — University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire students will engage in many events this spring related to the federal government's recent declaration of April 11-15 as Undergraduate Research Week.

According to the U.S. House of Representatives resolution, undergraduate research is "essential to pushing the nation's innovation agenda forward by increasing the interest and persistence among young people."

UW-Eau Claire has a long history of excellence in undergraduate research. In 1988, it was designated the Center of Excellence for Faculty/Student Research Collaboration by the UW System.

According to Dr. Karen Havholm, assistant vice chancellor for research, each year more than 800 students work with faculty at UW-Eau Claire to complete nationally recognized, cutting-edge research, scholarship and creative activity in a variety of disciplines. Two recent examples of faculty/student projects include math majors collaborating with local hospitals to determine the most efficient pathways for evacuating patients in an emergency and English majors writing a script and then shooting a feature-length film.

"In fact, students across campus have research opportunities more typical of graduate research institutions," Havholm said.

There are many UW System and UW-Eau Claire events this spring that celebrate undergraduate research, including:

  • National Conference on Undergraduate Research, March 31-April 2, Ithaca College, New York: Students presented their research through posters and oral presentations to an audience of faculty and students from around the country.

  • Posters in the Rotunda: A Celebration of Undergraduate Research, April 6, Madison: Faculty/student research projects were shared with legislators, state leaders, and UW System alumni.

  • English Festival, April 25-29, UW-Eau Claire: A weeklong celebration, which includes student presentations, panel and roundtable discussions and readings/performances.

  • UW System Symposium, April 29, hosted by UW-Parkside: Undergraduate students in all disciplines, from all UW institutions, will present their scholarly work. UW-Eau Claire will send 30 students to participate.

  • Student Research Day, May 2-4, Zorn Arena: Students will present more than 250 posters representing faculty/student research, scholarship and creative activities.

For more information, contact Dr. Karen Havholm, 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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