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  • Allie Welter
    Brother fuels Blugold's interest in genetics research
    Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017

    A summer internship at Boston Children’s Hospital gave Allie Welter something even more valuable than new research skills and a chance to add to her already impressive resume. It gave the Blugold an opportunity to intern in a research lab that studies myotubular myopathy, the same rare genetic disease that affects her 16-year-old brother.

  • Nikki Weiss
    Using science to change the world
    Wednesday, June 21, 2017

    For many scientists, it is our job to tell the story of those who cannot speak; we advocate for those who cannot do so themselves. For me, science has always been about giving voice to a story that otherwise would have gone untold.

  • Dr. Paula Kleintjes Neff
    Researchers find value in using literature to teach science
    Friday, May 19, 2017

    Biology professor Paula Kleintjes Neff introduces literature into classes in addition to textbooks and scientific papers — and finds the innovative teaching strategy makes a difference for students.

  • Wil Raasch
    Blugold gains conservation skills, experience through international internship
    Monday, March 27, 2017

    Wil Raasch was on track to earn his biology degree in 3½ years when he realized there was one more thing he wanted to accomplish during his time at UW-Eau Claire: have an international experience. With some creative thinking and support from faculty and staff, he went to Ecuador in January for a three-week immersion trip, but stayed another two months to work as an intern at an eco lodge.

  • Dr. Katie Kindt, a 2000 biochemistry/molecular biology graduate.
    Blugold earns national honors for outstanding leadership in science
    Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017

    Last spring, UW-Eau Claire alumna Dr. Katie Kindt, a 2000 biochemistry/molecular biology graduate, was recognized by then-President Barack Obama for her outstanding leadership in science. During a White House celebration, the president presented Kindt with a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor given by the U.S. government to science and engineering professionals early in their research careers.

  • Ryan Shaefer, Heidi Hietpas and 60-plus Blugold family and friends at their August 2016 wedding.
    Couple celebrates wedding surrounded by Blugold family
    Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016

    Heidi Hietpas and Ryan Schaefer’s families gathered with them last summer to celebrate their wedding, adding even more love to an already joyful day. So having 60-plus members of their beloved Blugold family at their August celebration was the icing on the cake for the college sweethearts who now are newlyweds.

  • 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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    Students from diverse backgrounds dive into research at UW-Eau Claire thanks to NSF grant
    Tuesday, July 26, 2016

    Thanks to a $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation under the Research Experiences for Undergraduates program, eight students are getting the chance this summer to work on research projects in the areas of biophysical/biochemistry, physical chemistry, materials science and biology at UW-Eau Claire.

  • Mother, son to share the stage during May 21 commencement
    Wednesday, May 18, 2016

    Few people have seen as many Blugolds walk across the stage during graduation as Rachel Kohn. For nearly three decades, she’s been the interpreter for the deaf at every UW-Eau Claire commencement. The spring ceremony will be extra special — Rachel’s son, Christopher Kohn, will be among the graduates.

  • Lara Steinike
    immersed in language AND inspired by science
    Tuesday, April 19, 2016

    As one of UW-Eau Claire’s newest Fulbright Scholars, Lara Steinike will spend a year in Germany as an English teaching assistant. Lara studied abroad in Germany as an undergraduate.

  • Blugold Nathaniel Behnke (in blue) during a wrestling match
    Wrestling champ looks forward to career in law enforcement
    Monday, Feb. 22, 2016

    This fall, Nathaniel Behnke became UW-Eau Claire’s all-time wins leader, capping a successful collegiate wrestling career. The biology major now is looking forward to what he hopes will be an equally successful career in law enforcement.

  • Raymond Hatzenbeller
    climbing mountains AND changing lives
    Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016

    Through his passions for both medicine and adventure, UW-Eau Claire’s Raymond Hatzenbeller is climbing mountains AND changing lives … and that’s pretty powerful!

  • Lucy Ramquist during cross country race
    Excelling on the track and in the classroom
    Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015

    Lucy Ramquist was named the 2015 WIAC Women's Cross Country Athlete of the Year this fall — the first Blugold ever to receive the honor. While her success as an athlete is impressive, so too is her success as a student.

  • Dr. Derek Gingerich, Kari Carothers, Luke Helminiak
    Grad finds dream job in Mayo lab
    Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015

    What do Blugolds get from working with professors on meaningful research? A dream job, says one recent UW-Eau Claire graduate.

  • Career Conference
    Advice for the Fall Career Conference
    Friday, Sept. 18, 2015

    The Fall Career Conference is on Sept. 24 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in Davies Center. Over 140 companies are looking to recruit Blugolds! Here is some advice on how to look and act like a pro at the career conference.

  • Death Valley
    Biology students practice conservation on a global scale
    Monday, Aug. 17, 2015

    Two senior biology majors have pursued extraordinary opportunities doing national and international undergraduate research through the biology department.

  • Gavin Sunde (left) and Dr. Derek Gingerich (right) extract plant proteins to analyze response to red wavelength light.
    Update on plant light response research supported by NSF funding
    Thursday, July 30, 2015

    Dr. Derek Gingerich and senior microbiology major Kevin Mayer continue a National Science Foundation-supported research project on plant light response. Their findings could help guide future crop breeding and development.

  • UWEC Biology students in field
    Teaming up to take on invasive species
    Tuesday, July 28, 2015

    The Beaver Creek Reserve and Blugold biology majors are once again proving to be a perfect match. Allison Ban-Herr is a member of this dream team, which is taking on invasive plant species found in north-central Wisconsin.

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