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Students, faculty to present at national research conference

Fifty-four students and two faculty from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will attend the National Conference on Undergraduate Research April 15-18 at Eastern Washington University in Spokane, Washington. 

Students represent UW-Eau Claire departments and units of chemistry, communication and journalism, computer science, geography and anthropology, history, honors, kinesiology, materials science, mathematics, music and theatre arts, nursing and psychology. Travel to the conference is supported by Blugold Commitment funding. 

"This national student research conference embraces scholarship from all disciplines," said Dr. Karen Havholm, assistant vice chancellor for research and sponsored programs. "Students have an opportunity to interact with like-minded students from across the country, to polish their communication skills and to build self-confidence, preparing them for their professional lives." 

"At UW-Eau Claire, 25 percent of senior undergraduates report working on a research project with a faculty mentor outside of a course," Havholm said. "This is above the national average for institutions like ours, according to the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). When course-based in-depth research and creative work are counted, 37 percent of graduating seniors have this exceptional experience." 

Following is a sampling of the 31 UW-Eau Claire posters to be presented: ·

  • "Effects of Gluteus Medius Strengthening Exercises on Hip Abduction Strength in Active Adults" by Carli Winter, Kennan; Devan Haney, Oconomowoc; Angela Krupnow, Three Lakes; Ashley Larson, Lakeville, Minnesota; and Luke Menges, Eau Claire, with faculty mentor Dr. Saori Braun, kinesiology.
  • "New Methods of Constructing Four-Dimensional Tops" by Adam Schwartz, Chippewa Falls; and Alexa Syryczuk, Eau Claire, with faculty mentor Dr. Ursula Whitcher, mathematics. ·
  • "Needs of Students and Faculty Participating in International and Domestic Intercultural Immersion Experiences" by Leah Mott, Wauwatosa; and Karen Nakano, Salem, with faculty mentor Dr. Debra Jansen, nursing. 
The following oral presentations also will be given: ·
  • "Investigation of Student Attitudes and Understanding in General Chemistry" by Rachel Egdorf, Mishicot, with faculty mentor Dr. Roslyn Theisen, chemistry.·
  • "Beads and Whiskey!": Puccini's Girl and the Idealized West" by Cody Norling, Champlin, Minnesota, with faculty mentor Dr. Gretchen Peters, music and theatre arts. 
NCUR began 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 more than 3,500 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.