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Students, faculty, and staff at the University of Wisconsin-Superior gathered Wednesday, April 16 to showcase student success in research and creative activity. It marked the third annual Celebration of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity (URSCA).
The Celebration of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity featured roughly 60 students who were recognized for their work over the past year and received certificates of achievement. This event was held in the Yellowjacket Union and also featured a musical spotlight with three performances and four creative writing readings.
"These students did a wonderful job presenting their work," said Warren Bender a Superior City Councilor who is also an alumnus. Student Lindsey Lenser presented her work on "UW-Superior Recruitment Materials" and learned a lot during her research. So much so, it sealed her decision to go into marketing for her career. "It definitely did. I knew I was interested in marketing, but didn't know what sector, but by doing this class, and working with a focus group and working with the people and analyzing it, that really helped me decide." She worked with two other students on the project. Her Mentor was Dr. Ethan Christensen.
Amber Verhel worked with Dr. Daniella Mansbach and said she was a big help with her research project. "She helped me consider some things, and helped me to take a closer look at this project and analyze it." Her poster was titled, "Victims of War Rape, What Comes Next? An Examination of Availability of Different Types of Intervention."
In the evening that night, the university celebrated the Swenson Scholars with a social, dinner and program. Each year, the Swenson Family Trust Scholarship awards full tuition scholarships to ten qualifying new students studying in chemistry, biology or mathematics. This annual celebration provides an opportunity for the Swenson Scholar students to thank the Swenson family for their generosity.
Studies show that undergraduate research leads to better job readiness, encompassing a broad range of student talents, interests and skills across academic disciplines. Additionally, participation in undergraduate research contributes to improved student retention and graduate rates.
Student Devon Pfaff presented "Education and Achievement" and Dr. Eleni Pinnow was her Mentor. "She gave me the proper amount of support, and made sure I understood what needed to be done. I will remember the lessons I learned doing this project and that is what is really important later in my professional life."
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