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Scholarship and award recipients honored at CERCA event

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire announced student scholarship and award recipients at the recent Celebration of Excellence in Research and Creative Activity reception.

The Kell Container Corp. Scholarship for 2015-16 was awarded to Elizabeth Stubbs, Maple Plain, Minnesota, a materials science, chemistry of the materials major. She will work with Dr. Elizabeth Glogowski, assistant professor of materials science, on research titled "Synthesis and Tuning of Controlled Smart Polymer Aggregation for Oil Recovery Applications."

In addition, there was one honorable mention for the Kell Container Corp. Scholarship. Sarah Sortedahl, Spring Valley, a materials science, applied materials major, worked with Dr. Matthew Jewell, assistant professor of materials science, on a project titled "Bi2Sr2CaCu208+x(Bi-2212) Superconducting Round Wires with Subsequent Microstructural Damage Analysis." 

A new competition this year was the "Quick Pitch" sponsored by the WiSys Technology Foundation. The goal was to encourage innovative and entrepreneurial thinking by students from all academic disciplines. Students had three minutes to "pitch" their idea, including how their project could benefit the local economy.  

Drake Bortolameolli, Appleton, worked with Dr. Harry Jol, professor of geography and anthropology, on his first-place project. Bortolameolli's idea involves the use of ground-penetrating radar for the dual benefit of cleaning up industrial waste in Rib Lake and harvesting valuable timber. See related story and video.

Aaron Emmert, Superior, worked with Dr. Michael McMann, assistant professor of computer science, and Dr. Robert Greene, senior lecturer of philosophy and religious studies/computer science, on his second-place project. Emmert proposed new computer functionality that would make gaming environments more dynamic. 

The reception and scholarship announcements were the culmination of this year's CERCA event. There were more than 530 students and 190 faculty sharing 258 poster presentations, 29 oral presentations and five performances.  

"At UW-Eau Claire, 37 percent of students report working on a research project with a faculty mentor," noted Dr. Karen Havholm, assistant vice chancellor for research.  

The CERCA event is sponsored by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. For additional information, email or call 715-836-3405.