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UW-Stout students from the area present research at regional event

MENOMONIE — Nine students from the UW-Stout Honors College presented research posters and made oral research presentations at the Upper Midwest Honors Conference held April 18-20 at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minn.

Kori Klaustermeier of Boyceville, Wis., presented the poster Discovering UW-Stout History: The Inspirational Mural and the Mystery Woman Within. Klaustermeier is majoring in hotel, restaurant and tourism. Klaustermeier’s research advisor was Joan Navarre, English and philosophy.

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.”

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