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UW-Eau Claire faculty member elected to national student research council


The Council on Undergraduate Research has announced that a University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire faculty member and the leader of support for research on campus has been named CUR's executive board general representative.

Dr. Karen Havholm, professor of geology, assistant vice chancellor for research and sponsored programs, and director of the Center of Excellence for Faculty and Undergraduate Student Research Collaboration at UW-Eau Claire, will begin her term in June.

Havholm has been part of the CUR community for more than two decades and has been dedicated to personifying the mission of the organization, a CUR news release stated. Her prior contributions to CUR’s governance and her years of dedication to the undergraduate research community signify that she is well-prepared to serve on the executive board. Havholm has served the organization in two different divisions, as a conference co-chair, author, reviewer, professional development consultant and committee member.

“Karen Havholm has contributed her considerable talents to a range of CUR initiatives, including finance review, both CUR and NCUR conference support, and professional development consultancies," said Elizabeth Ambos, CUR executive officer. "Her multi-divisional experience means she has an unusually broad knowledge of the CUR members’ needs, making her an ideal general board representative.”

Between Havholm's contributions to CUR and the work she has done at UW-Eau Claire and for the University of Wisconsin System, the undergraduate research community will benefit greatly from her continued CUR leadership. To enhance undergraduate research opportunities and collaboration across the UW System, Havholm helped launch the Wisconsin System Council on Undergraduate Research (WiSCUR). This statewide program is the result of Havholm's leadership in the NSF-funded CUR Systems and Consortia project, which worked to improve the quality of undergraduate science, technology, engineering and mathematics education at higher education systems and consortia. On the UW-Eau Claire campus, Havholm has expanded the diversity of students involved in funded apprentice-model research, supported students in research abroad and worked collaboratively to create professional development support for faculty research mentors.

“I have been associated with CUR for over 20 years in two different divisions. I look forward to working with the talented people on the Executive Board who provide strategic direction to the organization,” Havholm said.


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