A strong contingent of students and faculty represented University of Wisconsin-Stout at the recent Upper Midwest Honors Conference.
Thirteen students presented research posters and made oral research presentations at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, April 24-26.
“Students presented on a wide variety of topics and were well-received by their audiences,” said Lopa Basu, Honors College director and an associate professor in the English and philosophy department.
Research by three of the students has been accepted for the National Collegiate Honors Council conference to be held in November in Denver, Colo. They are Roy Lindsay, Megan Hondl and Lucas Feldkamp.
Following are the students who presented in Iowa and their mentors:
Megan Hondl, of Lakeville, Minn., and Cassandra Mishler, of Deerbrook, showcased Honors College student leadership in “The Honors College Student Council”; independent project.
Lucas Feldkamp, of Gilman, and Allison Rucinski, of Rice Lake, presented “Coming Out: Is it Still Relevant?” a project that looked at shifting views in the LGBTQ community and society as a whole; Tina Lee, social science.
Antoinette Lyte-Evans, of Racine, presented “The Little Things that Matter,” which looked at small things people say or do that are perceived as insulting to, and can be harmful to, minority groups. Her study focused on racial microaggressions at UW- Stout; Sir Aaron Mason, multicultural student adviser.
Melinda Svejda, of Lena, looked at why the Himalayan newt has been an endangered species since 1972 and how we can keep it from going extinct in “Himalayan Newts: Exploration and Rescue”; Joan Navarre, English and philosophy.
Noah Holzman, of Fond du Lac, presented the steps of fabricating a robust photochemical reactor using open-source electronics to control high-intensity, ultraviolet light-emitting diodes in “Engineering Chemistry: Fabricating a Photochemical Reactor”; Matthew Ray, chemistry.
Katie Sam, of Arkansaw, examined financial literacy among UW-Stout students in “Explaining the Difference in Financial Literacy among College Students: Gender Effect or Family Background?”; Inoussa Boubacar, social science.
Josh Laskowski, of Stevens Point; Jamie Anderson, of Elk River, Minn.; and Emma Sigmund, of Elkhorn, presented “Honors Living and Learning Community Service Contract,” a project in which sophomores who lived on the honors floor helped mentor and orient freshmen from the same floor while doing community service projects. They shared their experiences and what they learned. This project was co-presented by their mentor, Jen Parker from University Housing.
Roy Lindsay, of Menomonie, presented “Beowulf Comic Research,” in which he tried to help readers connect with the ancient Anglo-Saxon epic by graphically transforming Beowulf into a visually engaging comic book. The poster was the result of a group project that began in Basu’s honors English course.
Megan Verhagen, of Appleton, looked at the existence of strong female characters in ancient works like Sophocles’ “Antigone” and the Indian epic “Mahabharata.” The women asserted themselves in desperate situations and displayed signs of independence and power, far earlier than the start of so-called feminist movements; Basu, English and philosophy.
Along with Basu, three other faculty and staff accompanied the students:
Chris Ferguson, Honors College assistant director and an assistant professor in the social science department
Tina Lee, an assistant professor in social science
Jen Parker, director of Antrim-Froggatt-McCalmont residence hall
The Honors College
The Honors College began as the University Honors Program in 1994. The program was elevated nearly two years ago to college status, becoming only the second Honors College in the UW System.
The Honors College is committed to academic excellence through learning that takes risks and reveals connections between disciplines. By nurturing an inclusive community, the Honors College prepares students for lives of professional achievement, social engagement, ethical responsibility and lifelong learning.
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. Students not meeting the invitation criteria may also apply to join the Honors College by submitting an essay and list of extracurricular and community activities and leadership roles.
Once admitted, students complete a combination of honors courses, study abroad experiences or independent study projects and attend a colloquium book discussion forum every semester in order to fulfill the Honors College requirements upon graduation.
Enrollment in the Honors College for fall 2014 is expected to climb to nearly 500 students
For more information about the Honors College, go to www.uwstout.edu/programs/hc