Students present at national research conference

| Julie Poquette

Forty students from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire attended the National Conference on Undergraduate Research April 7-9 at the University of North Carolina at Asheville.

Students represented UW-Eau Claire departments and units of chemistry, communication sciences and disorders, honors, kinesiology, mathematics, nursing, psychology, and social work. Travel to the conference was supported by Blugold Commitment funding.

The 24 UW-Eau Claire student-faculty research projects presented included a wide array of topics, such as "Three Oxidation States for Renewable Energy Storage" (chemistry), "Music + Memories = Magic: Wisconsin Nursing Home and Community Projects" (social work), "A Brief Mindfulness-Based Intervention for Anxiety Reduction" (psychology) and "Effects of the Graston Technique on Overhead Throwing Velocity in Collegiate Baseball Players" (kinesiology).

"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, 46 percent of senior undergraduates report working on at least one research or scholarly creative project with a faculty mentor during their undergraduate experience," Havholm said.

See the complete list of student researchers who presented at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, their projects and faculty mentors.

Photo cutline: UW-Eau Claire social work students Joyce Idárraga, Alissa Peanasky and Allison Sontag were among 40 Blugolds to present their student-faculty research projects at the 2016 National Conference on Undergraduate Research.