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UW-Eau Claire students to present research at state Capitol March 12

February 28, 2014

postersCoverPhoto_2014[1]EAU CLAIRE — Ten University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire students will be among the more than 100 UW System students to present their faculty/student research projects to legislators, state leaders and UW System alumni during Posters in the Rotunda: UW Research Powers Wisconsin on March 12 at the state Capitol in Madison.

"Posters in the Rotunda is an important opportunity for students to demonstrate the depth of learning gained through their research — a high-impact learning experience that builds on and applies the core liberal education that all of our students enjoy," said UW-Eau Claire Chancellor James Schmidt. "The event also is an important part of ongoing, meaningful and productive discussions with legislators and others committed to keeping our region and Wisconsin moving forward."

Thirty-seven percent of UW-Eau Claire seniors graduating in 2012 worked on an in-depth faculty-mentored research project during their college career, said Dr. Karen Havholm, assistant vice chancellor for research and sponsored programs.

"Student scholarship has become a part of the fabric of the institution," Havholm said.

Students from a variety of disciplines — including economics, geology, history, materials science, music and theatre arts, social work and nursing — will present their research and creative work during Posters in the Rotunda, Havholm said.

Students presenting their research will include Maxwell Dylla, who was awarded the Kell Container Corporation Scholarship for his faculty/student research project in 2013.

Participating students, their faculty mentors and research topics are:

  • Emy Marier, Hugo, Minn., Wesley Meives, Barneveld, and Elora Leene, Oconomowoc, with Dr. Eric Jamelske, economics: "Comparing Public Opinion on Climate Change of Wisconsin Adults and College Students."

  • Jacob Haas, Eau Claire, with Dr. Kent Syverson and Dr. Brian Mahoney, geology: "Petrographic Study of Cambrian Sandstone Cement in Western Wisconsin: Implication for the Composition and Quality of Frack Sand."

  • Jennifer Barth, Eau Claire, with Greg Kocken, McIntyre Library: "Picturing the Past: The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, 1916-2016."

  • Maxwell Dylla, Rochester, Minn., with Dr. Matt Jewell, Materials Science Center: "Fracture Statistics of Individual Nb3Sn Filaments."

  • Jonathan Conjurske, Forestville, and Katelyn Johnston, Eau Claire, with Dr. Christa Garvey, music and theatre arts: "Effects of Relative Cane Hardness on Oboe Reeds."

  • Justin Mabin, Barneveld, Molly Bray, Richland Center, and Christine Johnstad, Superior, with Dr. Lisa Quinn-Lee, social work, and Dr. Susan Moch, nursing: "Oxygen Use at the End of Life: Attitudes and Beliefs Survey."

For more information about Posters in the Rotunda, contact Havholm at or 715-836-3405.



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