Jerry Poling
Assistant Director, University Communications

Wide range of research to be presented nationally by 20 students

National Conference on Undergraduate Research is April 5-7 in Oklahoma

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MENOMONIE, Wis. (April 5, 2018) – Diverse research topics that include water quality in Wisconsin lakes and streams, political activity on Facebook and low-cost airlines will be presented at a national event by University of Wisconsin-Stout students.

A total of 20 students had their research posters and oral presentations accepted for the National Conference on Undergraduate Research from Thursday, April 5, to Saturday, April 7, at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Okla.

The students, their hometowns and titles of their research are:

* Elle Alvarez, of Eden Prairie, Minn., history, “How Should We Teach History?”

* Roselyn Anderson, of St. Paul, economics, “The Impact of Ultra-low-cost-carrier Competition on Market Airfare”

* Alexander Beyer, of Hudson, political science, “How Candidates are Reaching Millennials on Facebook”

* Rebecca Doan, of Abrams, history, “Perspectives of Colonization and Occupation in the Philippines from the American, Spanish and Filipino Points of View”

* Laura Donovan, of Platteville, sociology, “Youth Activism in Environmental and Climate Justice Solutions”

* Amber Georgakopoulos, of Menomonie, economics, “Civic Fermentation”

* Amber Georgakopoulos, of Menomonie, anthropology and archeology, “Nothing is Certain but Fish and Taxes: Discourse and Perceptions of Water Quality in Chetek, Wisconsin”

* Samuel Grassman, of Sun Prairie, psychology, “ADHD Diagnosis is Association with Depressive Symptomatology Among College Students”

* Pearl Gronquist, of Minneapolis, sociology, “Book-smarts Behind Bars: A Qualitative Study of Correctional Education”

* Megan Hondl, of Lakeville, Minn., economics, “Examining Political Bias in the Classroom”; Hondl is not attending NCUR.

* Co-presentation: Katlin Eyre, of Lodi; Jordyn Horvath, of Zimmerman, Minn.; Noel Jacobson, of Lakeville, Minn.; Evan Schulte, of Ellsworth, history, “Study of Public Opinion Changes Through Media, on Terrorism”

* Jackson Kiser, of Minneapolis, sociology, “Effectiveness of the UW-Stout Tobacco Ban”

* Bailey Kramer, of Elk Mound, biology, “Effects of Varying Volumes of Recycled Stream Sediment on the Nutrient Content of Avena sativa”

* Dane Neville, of Eau Claire, economics, “Non-Cooperative Greens”

* Vinay Pai, of St. Paul, economics, “What’s for Dinner Honey?”

* Dillon Quest, of Minneapolis, sociology, “Facebook vs. Face-to-face”

* Carol Vang, of Menomonie, business-finance-accounting, “The Importance of Multiculturalism in Business for University of Wisconsin-Stout”

* Mai Lia Vang, of Eau Claire, environmental studies and sciences, “Urban Phosphorous Loading and Runoff into Half Moon Lake, Wisconsin”

Along with the 20 UW-Stout students, five students from around the U.S. who did research last summer at UW-Stout in the LAKES REU – research experience for undergraduates – project will be presenting at NCUR. Georgakopoulos and Kramer also were LAKES REU participants.

Attending NCUR with the students will be faculty members Chris Ferguson, Arthur Kneeland, Tina Lee, Nels Paulson and Zach Raff and staff member Matthew Gundrum, from the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.

Students and faculty are receiving financial support from the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, Stout University Foundation and the Provost’s Office.

NCUR annually features about 3,000 students from 48 states and several foreign countries.

NCUR is the first of several special research-focused events in April and May at which UW-Stout students will be presenting. Others include the UW System Posters in the Rotunda Wednesday, April 11, at the state Capitol; UW-Stout Research Day/STEMM Expo Thursday, May 3, at the Memorial Student Center; and the UW System Symposium for Undergraduate Research Friday, April 20, at UW-Green Bay.


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UW-Stout student Amber Georgakopoulos will present two research projects at NCUR.

Bailey Kramer’s NCUR research project examines sediment in streams.

Roselyn Anderson’s NCUR research project examines how low-cost airlines affect their competition.