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2014 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) winners

Posted on Jul 3, 2014
Ten UW-Superior students selected for summer research work
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SURF student Mariel Santos working on her You are Brave sculpture.

SURF student Mariel Santos working on her "You are Brave" sculpture.

Summer research is going strong at the University of Wisconsin-Superior for ten students who were honored with scholarships for undergraduate research.

The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program gives UW-Superior students the opportunity to work with a mentor to explore a research problem or undertake a scholarly, creative activity. SURFs provide students with a stipend intended to cover summer living expenses so they can devote time to their chosen project.

The SURF program at UW-Superior began in 2012 with support from the UW-Superior Foundation. The goal of the program is to foster undergraduate research and creative activity and mentoring in all disciplines. SURF awards are competitive and so far 27 students have been supported and received SURF awards in the first three years of the program.

The SURF experience gives students a variety of learning opportunities. They do everything from developing an idea, to writing a proposal and designing their project. Students do the research over the summer and present their findings or finished products at professional meetings and conferences.

What sets UW-Superior apart from other undergraduate research programs may be the wide variety of scholarly projects taken on by the students. They not only include math and science, but literature, law, art, and social work among others.

These students, participating in ten undergraduate research projects, were announced as recipients of the 2014 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships on April 16 at the URSCA Day of Celebration. Proposals were reviewed by the Undergraduate Research Committee (URSCA), volunteers, and the UW-Superior Foundation and selected partially due to their reflection of UW-Superior's commitment to the liberal arts missions through undergraduate research.

Each fellowship provides students with supportive funding (and a stipend for their mentor) to engage in summer research for 20 hours a week over a ten week period to be completed by September 1, 2014.

Recipients of the 2014 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships include:

  • Joe Ripley, from Iron River, Wis. with Dr. Shon Shooler of Lake Superior NERR: Investigating the causes of low dissolved oxygen concentrations in Pokegama Bay.
  • Benjamin Joel Olson from Brainerd, Minn. with Dr. William Bajjali in Geology/Earth Science: Evaluating the Water Quality of Faxon Creek, identifying the Sources of Contamination, and Assessing the Potential Threat to Superior Bay.
  • Jordin Ann Gegare from De Pere Wis.with Dr. Hilary Fezzey: Walk on the Wild Side: A New Historicism Exploration of Kipling's The Jungle Book.
  • Jami Konkler from Brule, Wis.with Dr. Jamie White-Farnham in Writing: Gender and Rhetorical Voice: A study of UW-Superior Student Writers, 1920-2007.
  • Augustin Tegaboue Tchouassi from Batie Haut-Nkam, Cameroonwith Dr. James Lane in Chemistry: Identifying Highbush cranberry fruit extract components with antiviral properties.
  • Chris Anderson from Duluth, Minn.with Dr. Chad Scott in Math: Domain Coloring.
  • Randy Bender from Duluth, Minn. with Dr. Maria Stalzer Wyant Cuzzo in Legal Studies: Constitutional Democracy and Comparative Law: A Look at United States Diplomacy in Japan.
  • Daniel Paulson from Mankato, Minn. with Mike Maguire in Visual Arts: Experiments with Native Clays.
  • Mariel Santos from Las Cruces, New Mexico with Tim Cleary in Visual Arts: You are Brave flower sculpture.
  • Kang Her from Roberts, Wis. with Dr. Lynn Amerman Goerdt in Social Work: Students of Color at UW-Superior: Effectiveness of Peer Mentoring Program.

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