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UW-RF Students Receive Funding for Research
By Molly Exner
UW-RF News Bureau
NOV. 18, 2004--The UW-River Falls College of Arts and Sciences awarded
more than $5,000 to 17 undergraduate students to support on or off-campus
Last spring, the University Foundation contacted CAS alumni looking for
ideas and support to establish a grant program for students interested
in working on scholarly or creative projects.
Nearly 500 alumni and friends responded, and together they created the
CAS Fund for Excellence designed to support student participation with
faculty in specific areas of student interest.
"The University is developing a very strong program of undergraduate
research, and it has been very exciting to see the wide variety of projects
and activities students are engaged in to extend their educational experiences
at UW-RF," says Gorden Hedahl, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.
The funds have contributed to projects from nearly every program and segment
of the College of Arts and Sciences and have supported activities ranging
from science experiments to arts performances to social science projects
Individual grants cover supplies, project expenses, research, travel and
conference attendance. The fund also promotes educational opportunities
that exist beyond the classroom, which result in empowering experiences
for participating students.
According to Hedahl, several students have indicated that they might not
have been able to complete their projects without this assistance, and
some students have already reported that their research had an impact
on their applications for graduate schools and job opportunities.
"I'm extremely pleased that we have been able to have that kind of
effect on students and the departmental faculty that work with them,"
The following is a list of awarded UW-RF students, hometowns, projects
and advising faculty members:
Ashley Ryan Hawke: Hometown: Oakdale, Minn. Project: Regional artist Rianna
de Raad will provide a one-day workshop for eight students developing
a mosaic work for the Klienpell Fine Arts Building. Advisor: Lynn Jermal,
professor and director of art education.
Gregori Starrett: Hometown: River Falls, Wis. Project: Art installation
materials for a senior art show. Advisor: Peter Mak, assistant professor.
Kendra Scudder: Hometown: Verona, Wis. Project: Research to determine
the effect of synthetic estrogen on feminization mutations in C. elegans.
Advisor: E. Katherine Miller, associate professor.
Sarah Barfknecht: Hometown: River Falls, Wis. Project: Purchase chemicals
to synthesize new compounds that may have commercial usefulness as analgesic
drugs. Advisor: David Rusterholz, professor.
Steve Cummings: Hometown: Spring Valley, Wis. Project: Synthesize cystine
trisulfide (CS3) with a simpler, new method. CS3 is useful in the treatment
of some types of poisoning. Advisor: David Rusterholz, professor.
Colleen Cantlon: Hometown: Ettrick, Wis. Project: Enable participation
in two honors' band ensembles. Advisor: Kristin Tjornehoj, professor.
Michael Majer: Hometown: Madison, Wis. Project: purchase and install eyepiece
accessories for UW-RF telescope, followed by quantification of the telescope's
angular resolution with the new accessories. Advisor: Glenn Spiczak, assistant
Amanda Pittman: Hometown: Hudson, Wis. Project: Purchase viewing hours
at the Tenagera Observatory in Arizona for the purpose of determining
the rotational period of the asteroid 2973 Paola, which contains new information
to help physicists determine the evolution of the solar system. Advisor:
Matt Vonk, assistant professor.
Allen Riley: Hometown: Hudson, Wis. Project: Light fixtures for observation
deck at UW-RF to reduce light pollution. Advisor: Glenn Spiczak, assistant
Michael Sykora: Hometown: Deer Park, Wis. Project: Purchase and install
electronic imaging camera on UW-RF telescope, then photograph celestial
objects and install a display of them in the observatory lobby on campus.
Advisor: Glenn Spiczak, assistant professor.
Katarina Bengtsson: Hometown: River Falls, Wis. Project: Poster presentation
on attitudes about racism at the Midwestern Psychological Association
conference in Chicago, Ill., May 5-7. Advisor: Cyndi Kernahan, assistant
Michelle Gryczkowski: Hometown: Somerset, Wis. Project: Poster presentation
on the predictors of road rage behavior at the Midwestern Psychological
Association conference in Chicago, Ill., May 5-7. Advisor: Travis Tubre,
Matthew Schuelke: Hometown: Glidden, Wis. Project: Paper presentation
predictors for academic success in first-year college students at Rocky
Mountain McNair Research Symposium, March 31-April 3. Advisor: Travis
Casey Smedstad: Hometown: St. Cloud, Minn. Project: Poster presentation
how perceptions about mental illness vary depending on the gender and
social status of a mentally ill person at the Midwestern Psychological
Association conference in Chicago, Ill., May 5-7. Advisor: Cyndi Kernahan,
Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice.
Brianna Larson: Hometown: Danbury, Wis. Purpose: Project: Underwater camera
for use in an internship conducting research on coral reefs for Green
Reef, an environmental organization in Belize, Central America. Advisor:
Ed Robins, professor.
Speech Communication and Theatre Arts
Gabriel Richmond: Hometown: River Falls, Wis. Project: Present research
paper on a cultural shift during Tai Kwan Do training at Central States
Communication Association Conference in April 2005. Advisor: Jennifer
Willis-Rivera, assistant professor.
Virginia Steffen: Hometown: River Falls, Wis. Project: Entrance fees for
festivals to allow submission of the short film, "Her Own Truth,"
which was produced during fall 2004. Advisor: Ken Stofferahn, professor.
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