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Honors College students present research at regional event

MENOMONIE — University of Wisconsin-Stout was well-represented at the recent Upper Midwest Honors Conference.

Nine students from the UW-Stout Honors College presented research posters and made oral research presentations at the event, which was held April 18-20 at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minn.

The students were joined by four members of the faculty, Lopa Basu, Honors College director; Chris Ferguson, social science; Amanda Little, biology; and Joan Navarre, English and philosophy.

“UW-Stout has been active in the Upper Midwest Honors Council for many years. This year we had UW-Stout’s largest group of student presentations and faculty in attendance,” Basu said.

“Our student presentations and posters were of very high quality, and I am hopeful we will continue to be able to take students to the regional and national conferences in the future.”

Students, their projects and their advisers are:

•  Xanthi Gerasimo, of Menomonie, oral, “Expanding Rugby in Minnesota and Beyond”; Chris Ferguson, social science

• Richard Hoverman, of Osceola, poster, “Brazil: Its Biofuels and its Impact on the World’s Energy Sector”; independent project

• Kori Klaustermeier, of Boyceville, poster, “Discovering UW-Stout History : The Inspirational Mural and the Mystery Woman Within”; Joan Navarre, English and philosophy

• Esuvat Mollel, of Tanzania, poster, “Connections Between Cultures: How Murals Convey Messages in Tanzania and the Upper Midwest”; Joan Navarre, English and philosophy

• Alexandra Ott, of Marshfield, and Claire Quade, of Mount Horeb, oral, “What’s Buzzin’ in the Menomonie Community Garden?”; Amanda Little, biology

• Matt Roskowski, of Green Bay, poster, “An Exploration of Place through Economics”; Chris Ferguson, social science

• Allison Rucinski, of Rice Lake, oral, “Charcoal Perspective”; Tamara Brantmeier, art and design

• Nicholas Werner, of Elk River, Minn., poster, “Display Case for the Human Brain and Spinal Cord”; Ann Parsons, biology

The UW-Stout Honors College was elevated last fall to college status, becoming only the second Honors College in the UW System.

Students are invited to join if they have high ACT scores and are ranked in the top 25 percent of their high school class or have GPAs of 3.5 or above if they are unranked.

Once admitted students need to complete eight honors units, which can be a combination of honors courses, study abroad experiences or independent study projects. In addition, all students must attend a colloquium or book discussion forum every semester.

In fall 2013 more than 400 students are expected to be members of the Honors College.

For more information about the Honors College, go to