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Students, professors present research at national honors event

November 12, 2013

The largest-ever National Collegiate Honors Council Conference drew more than 2,200 people to New Orleans, including four representatives from University of Wisconsin-Stout.

Two UW-Stout students and two professors presented research at the 48th annual event Nov. 6-10.

From left, Lopa Basu, Claire Quade, Kori Klaustermeier and Chris Ferguson.It's the first time UW-Stout students have had their work accepted for presentation at the prestigious conference. The Honors College at UW-Stout was elevated in 2012 to college status, becoming only the second Honors College in the UW System. This fall, Honors College enrollment is more than 450 students.

The presenters in New Orleans were:

- Claire Quade, an applied social science major, of Mount Horeb. She presented the poster "What's Buzzin' in the Menomonie Community Garden?" which detailed her research in developing a pollinator garden in Menomonie and was invited to submit her work for future publication in The Honors Review, a peer-reviewed undergraduate research journal. Her faculty adviser was Amanda Little, biology.

Kori Klaustermeier presents her research in New Orleans.- Kori Klaustermeier, a hotel, restaurant and tourism major, of Boyceville. She presented the poster "Discovering UW-Stout History: The Inspirational Mural and the Mystery Woman Within," which detailed her research on the Harvey Hall mural painted by Cal Peters in 1935 as part of a WPA project. Her faculty adviser was Joan Navarre, English and philosophy.

- Lopa Basu, Honors College director and an associate professor in the English and philosophy department. She participated in a panel discussion on "Making the Transition from Honors Program to Honors College" and also presented her paper, "Racial and Ethnic Studies and International Perspectives: Confronting Silos in Diversity Curriculum for Honors," which she was invited to submit for publication in an upcoming NCHC monograph on diversity, edited by Lisa Coleman of Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

- Chris Ferguson, Honors College assistant director and an assistant professor in the social science department. He presented two posters on innovative honors pedagogy in economics, "City-as-Prices: An Economic Exploration of Community and Value Through the Lens of Price" and "Teaching the Dismal Science with Gloom" in the faculty poster session. He received attention from many colleagues, including some from as far away as Rotterdam University in the Netherlands, who hope to adopt some of his techniques.

Basu and Ferguson also helped with a service project, clearing trails in the Barataria Preserve area of the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park.

Quade and Klaustermeier also participated in City-as-Text: New Orleans, an experiential learning session in the French Quarter where they explored the art and culture of the city, Hurricane Katrina Museum, Voodoo Museum and the local artists and musicians of Jackson Square.

Students attending UW-Stout are invited to join the Honors College if they meet criteria for ACT score, class rank or high school grade-point average. Students not meeting the criteria can apply to join.

Honors College members must complete a combination of honors courses, study abroad experiences or independent study projects and attend a colloquium book discussion forum every semester in order to fulfill the requirements.

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