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Inaugural Provost's Honors Symposium set for May 6

RELEASED: April 29, 2011

Provost's Honors Symposium cover pageEAU CLAIRE — Sixty-five students will present 35 research, scholarly and creative projects from 1-5:30 p.m. May 6 during the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's inaugural Provost's Honors Symposium for Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity.

The symposium, which is free and open to the public, will be held in rooms 315, 317 and 319 of Schneider Social Science Hall. A closing reception hosted by Dr. Patricia A. Kleine, UW-Eau Claire provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the second-floor lounge and breezeway of McIntyre Library.

"This event gives selected students a venue in which to present their significant research, scholarship and creative projects to the university community in a professional conference format," said Dr. Jeff Vahlbusch, University Honors Program director and associate professor of German. "The conference format allows students to engage with others about their research at a more in-depth level than what is possible in a poster presentation."

A colleague commented to Vahlbusch last summer about the need for the conference-type venue for student researchers.

"At that moment, I saw that the University Honors Program, which serves all four colleges and has the mission of helping students develop intellectually, personally and professionally at high levels, could be an ideal venue for a universitywide symposium dedicated to top-notch student work in all the disciplines," Vahlbusch said.

Student presenters and projects were nominated for the symposium by UW-Eau Claire faculty members and academic departments. The University Honors Council, in consultation with the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and nominating faculty and departments, then made the final selections of symposium participants. Participants are from all four UW-Eau Claire colleges (Arts and Sciences, Business, Education and Human Sciences, and Nursing and Health Sciences) and represent academic disciplines from across the university.

Each individual or team presentation will run 15 minutes, followed by time for discussion. View the full symposium schedule, including presentation titles and abstracts.

The Provost's Honors Symposium for Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity is sponsored by the UW-Eau Claire Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, University Honors Program and Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.

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