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  • Gilman Scholar Mariah Sands in South Africa
    Gilman Awardee + Music + Honors Student Blogs About Her Experience in South Africa
    Wednesday, June 28, 2017

    Senior Music Education major and Honors student Mariah Sands recently studied abroad for a semester in Stellenbosch, South Africa with the support of a prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. Sands has published a blog documenting her experiences and travels in South Africa, which can be found at

  • Clorice Reinhardt presents her research
    University Honors thesis today, Yale tomorrow
    Monday, May 15, 2017

    With a passion for chemistry, senior Clorice Reinhardt has taken advantage of many of the research opportunities the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire has to offer—including writing the second-ever University Honors thesis at UW-Eau Claire. Reinhardt will now take that passion to Yale University in the fall as a graduate student.

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    Film series to examine role of the press in democratic society
    Thursday, April 6, 2017

    The public is invited to examine the role of the press in a democratic society through the lens of film during “Journalism at the Movies,” a three-part film series starting April 24 at UW-Eau Claire.

  • Cheryl Lochner-Wright
    Passionate adviser lifts Fulbrights to new heights at UW-Eau Claire
    Monday, April 3, 2017

    Cheryl Lochner-Wright no doubt has a passion for travel and international education. She has displayed this passion through years of experience and through her position as the very successful Fulbright Program adviser at UW-Eau Claire. Through her involvement, she hopes to see the program continue to grow as more students set their sights abroad.

  • Anneli Williams, '16 double major in German and geography, has been awarded a Fulbright grant to begin graduate studies in linguistics in Germany.
    Blugold Fulbrights: The tradition continues
    Friday, March 31, 2017

    For the 34th time, a Blugold has been awarded the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship, this time for a master's program. Anneli Williams, a double major in German and geography, will be studying linguistics in Marburg, Germany.

  • Ashley Pike Meal with Honors
    More than a meal
    Friday, March 31, 2017

    Have you ever wanted to learn more about interesting topics [AND] get free food? The University Honors Program’s Meals with Honors series allows you to do just that! Once a week, a professor, faculty member, or student from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire shares information on a wide range of topics—from the environment, to political science, to graphic design.

  • Blugolds hike through a family farm in the community of La Libertad, learning about the agroforestry system.
    Gaining global perspective by studying geography, culture in Ecuador
    Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017

    Can the actions of one Blugold make an impact globally? Brian Kraegenbrink thinks so. After living with a host family in the Amazonian rainforest in Ecuador, the UW-Eau Claire geography major now is considering how he can facilitate change through his day-to-day actions, as well as how he might use his college degree to make a difference in the lives of people living in underprivileged communities around the globe. His homestay was part of a three-week immersion program in Ecuador, an experience he says gave him a peek into the global capitalist system in which the world operates, and an up-close look at how consumer demand and westernization can leave some populations marginalized and living in poverty with little chance for change.

  • Blugold Hailey Nelson (right) and her host sister spent time at her host family’s home making necklaces during Nelson’s immersion program in Ecuador. The necklaces were for the traditional Kichwa dance that was held later that day.
    Why do the liberal arts matter?
    Monday, Feb. 27, 2017

    Hailey Nelson, a communication sciences and disorders major, knew she wanted to have an international experience during her college years, but with a packed schedule, finding time to study abroad was a challenge if she wanted to graduate on time. So when she discovered a three-week Winterim program in Ecuador she jumped at the chance to immerse herself in a new culture. The catch? The immersion program and prerequisite course, “Culture and Geography in Ecuador,” were clearly outside her usual academic sphere. She enrolled anyway, and soon discovered the impact the liberal arts could have on her future plans as a speech pathologist.

  • 7th Annual Provost's Honors Symposium
    2017 Provost's Honors Symposium
    Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017

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    Honors Graduates 2016-2017
    Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016

  • Senior Joel Newman teaching Spanish at a local Middle School
    33rd Blugold Fulbright winner to teach in Uruguay
    Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016

    Senior Joel Newman, a Spanish education major, will be headed to Uruguay in March to teach English for nine months as part of the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship exchange program.

  • Anneli Williams and Dr. David Jones accept their NCHC awards for their poster.
    Taking Honors to new heights in Seattle
    Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016

    UW-Eau Claire Honors student Anneli Williams presented her poster at the 51st Annual National Collegiate Honors Council Conference held in Seattle, Washington, in October. Thanks to a grant from the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, Williams and Honors Program Director Dr. Jeff Vahlbusch were able to make the trip and attend the conference.

  • Alyssa Walker
    Recent medical school graduate gives UW-Eau Claire high marks
    Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016

    Alyssa Walker, a 2012 UW-Eau Claire biology graduate who received her medical degree this past May, credits UW-Eau Claire for preparing her for the rigors of medical school.

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    Blugolds help city of Eau Claire improve sustainability, life through internship program
    Friday, July 1, 2016

    UW-Eau Claire environmental studies students are working toward a greener Eau Claire community while taking advantage of a valuable internship opportunity.

  • Blugold gymnast Liz Stubbs
    May grad soars in gymnastics and in the sciences
    Thursday, June 23, 2016

    Elizabeth Stubbs has been recognized nationally as a scientist and as a gymnast. In 2015, she won a Goldwater Scholarship, given to only the top science, math and engineering students in the country. She’s also a three-time All-American and two-time MVP gymnast.

  • Honors Graduates 2015-2016
    Saturday, May 21, 2016

    Honors Graduates 2015-2016

  • Nikki Weiss
    First and foremost: Researcher completes first-ever University Honors thesis
    Wednesday, May 4, 2016

    University Honors student Nikki Weiss seized the opportunity to do research her freshman year. That first experience sparked a natural curiosity and led her to complete a Senior Honors thesis - the first in UWEC Honors history - in Forensic Anthropology.

  • 2016 COB Emerging Leader Maria Camila Bedoya
    Maria Camila Bedoya, Living the Eau Claire Advantage
    Friday, April 29, 2016

    Maria Camila Bedoya, a third year student from Rochester, MN, has been named the 2016 College of Business Emerging Leader. She is double majoring in account and information systems. Bedoya will be recognized at the 2016 University Student Excellence Awards reception on Thursday, May 5 at 5 pm in the Davies Center Ojibwe Ballroom, Room 330. The reception is hosted by the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association, UW-Eau Claire Foundation, and UW-Eau Claire University Centers.

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