Campus research to be celebrated with poster presentations, awards

April 25, 2014

Research by students and faculty at UW-Stout will be celebrated Tuesday, April 29.

The annual Research Day will be held from 2 to 4:30 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Memorial Student Center, featuring poster presentations by about 120 students and many faculty members.

A total of 80 research posters will be on display, and nine students will give oral research presentations. The student projects were guided by 42 faculty advisers.

Following the poster presentations, Research Services will present 2013-14 awards to leading student and faculty researchers.

Students and faculty discuss their work at Research Day in 2013.Several faculty will be recognized. Renee Howarton will receive the Senior Outstanding Researcher Award; she is director of the Nakatani Teaching and Learning Center. Nels Paulson, social science, will receive the Emerging Outstanding Researcher Award. Stephanie Hintz, social science, will receive the Sheri Nero Award. Tina Lee and Fassil Fanta, both social science, will be recognized as UW System Teaching Fellows.

Examples of student research projects to be presented Tuesday and the project advisers include:

  • "The Digitization of Sacred Hmong Texts," Andrew Hitchcock, of Mason; Mitch Ogden, English and philosophy
  • "Using Light to Create Perceptual Experiences in Space and Wayfinding," Katherine Todd, of Elmwood ; Kimberly Loken, construction
  • "The Impact of Technological Advances on Social Movements," Scott Geiser, of Winter; Chris Ferguson, Tina Lee, applied social science
  • "Estimating the Water Budget of an Ephemeral Pond," Sam Wahl, of St. Paul; JimChurch, Amanda Little, biology

Contingents of UW-Stout students also have presented research this spring at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research at the University of Kentucky and at the UW System Posters in the Rotunda at the state Capitol.

UW-Stout also publishes select projects in the annual Journal of Student Research. A total of 36 faculty were reviewers for the journal.