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Student Research Day to feature 260 projects, international focus

RELEASED: April 26, 2011

Student Research Day graphicEAU CLAIRE — University of
Wisconsin-Eau Claire students will display their faculty-mentored student research as well as scholarly and creative projects at the 19th annual Student Research Day May 2-4.

Nearly 260 student projects will be on display from noon-6 p.m. May 2, from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. May 3 and from
8 a.m.-noon May 4 in Zorn Arena. The event highlights student research and creative accomplishments and the important role that faculty and academic staff serve as mentors. The public is welcome to attend. Students will be at their posters to answer questions from noon-4 p.m. May 2.

"A strong theme this year is international immersion and global learning," said Dr. Karen Havholm, assistant vice chancellor for research and director of the Center of Excellence for Faculty/Student Research Collaboration.

A number of projects span the globe, including Cambodia, Ecuador, Hungary, Moldova, Nicaragua and Thailand. Examples include researching the effects of fertilizer and agrochemical use on biodiversity in Cambodian rice paddies, setting up a community radio station and studying media credibility in Moldova, and creating artistic works influenced by immersion in Thailand while examining how societies interpret and create art.

Many of these projects were supported by the new UW-Eau Claire International Fellows program, which is funded by the Blugold Commitment. This program furthers the university's centennial plan goal to accelerate global learning experiences by supporting international research, creative activity and service.

"Student research experiences are transforming the way UW-Eau Claire students become citizens of a connected world," said Dr. Patricia Kleine, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs. "By using skills learned through a liberal education, undergraduate students can work to solve real-world problems."

Havholm said the best part about Student Research Day is the energy and excitement the students generate.

"Students are so knowledgeable about their topics, and they demonstrate application of classroom learning to real-world issues — now in several places around the world."

The relationships students develop with faculty mentors are also very valuable, Havholm said. Mentored research is a high-impact practice that helps students go beyond the facts and learn how new knowledge is created in their discipline.

The event is sponsored by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. Visit the ORSP website and click on "Student Research Day" for further information.

For more information about the event, email orsp@uwec.edu or call 715-836-3405.

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