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Seven students present research, one takes top honors at Seven Rivers Symposium

November 27, 2013
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UW-Eau Claire sociology major Amy Wells, recipient of the Best Oral Research Presentation award at the Seven Rivers Undergraduate Research Symposium, worked with Professor Jianjun Ji on her award-winning project.

EAU CLAIRE--Seven University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire students recently presented their research, with one receiving top honors, at the Seven Rivers Undergraduate Research Symposium at Viterbo University in La Crosse.

Amy Wells, a senior sociology and mathematics double major from Somerset, received the Best Oral Research Presentation award in the social sciences category for her project, "Chinese Elderly Studies: Effects of Demographic Characteristics on Social Resources." Wells' faculty mentor on the project was Dr. Jianjun Ji, professor of sociology.

"My research on the Chinese elderly looks specifically at the associations between demographic characteristics and the social resources that are available to the elderly," Wells said. "I've been working on this research throughout this semester."

The following UW-Eau Claire students also presented at the symposium:

  • Ryan Furlong, a senior English and broadfield social studies education major from Stillwater, Minn., presented "Envisioning Female Painters in Virginia Woolf's 'To the Lighthouse'"; Furlong's faculty mentor on the project was Dr. Jennifer Shaddock, professor of English.

  • Michael Loper, a senior mathematics major from Middleton, and Bryan Picchiottino, a junior mathematics major from Milwaukee, presented "The Moduli Space of 4|1-Dimensional Complex Associative Algebras"; their faculty mentor on the project was Dr. Michael Penkava, professor of mathematics.

  • Thomas Nevins, senior physics and mathematics double major from Chippewa Falls, presented "Computer Modeling of Satellite Debris Following Breakup or Collision"; Nevins' faculty mentor on the project was Dr. Paul Thomas, professor of physics and astronomy.

  • Heidi Schmit, a senior biochemistry and molecular biology major from Arbor Vitae, presented "To Explore the Inter-Domain Communication Pathways in Escherichia coli Prolyl-tRNA Synthetase"; Schmit's faculty mentor on the project was Dr. Sanchita Hati, associate professor of chemistry.

  • Tara Young, a senior psychology major from St. Cloud, Minn., presented "Mate Preferences Across Sexual Orientation"; Young's faculty mentor on the project was Dr. Angela Pirlott, assistant professor of psychology.

A total of 120 student research projects were presented at the Seven Rivers Symposium, involving about 185 students from 13 area colleges and universities.

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