Thursday, January 21, 2010

Fall 2009 Falcon Grants Awarded

SURSCA announced the results of the Fall 2009 round of Falcon Grant awards this week. Overall, $16,332.39 was awarded in this round of the student-funded and peer-reviewed grants program. These awards were made for grants to travel for presentation, group travel and RSCA project costs. Some 35 students participated in these various grants, which included individuals and/or groups from Biology, Psychology, Physics, Chemistry, Agricultural Engineering, Food Sciences, Environmental Sciences and Sociology.

The “Falcon Grants” program was begun in the Fall of 2007-08 as a component of the UWRF Differential Tuition initiative supported by the student body and provides funding for students from throughout the campus for undergraduate Research, Scholarly and Creative Activities (RSCA). To date, more than 250 students have received funding to engage in and/or present their undergraduate RSCA from various fields across the campus.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

UWRF Students submit 52 abstracts to NCUR 2010

UWRF Grants Office has been informed that collectively, UWRF students, faculty and administrators have submitted a record number of abstracts to the 2010 National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR). At least 52 submissions were made to present at this year's meeting in Missoula, Montana. Although the abstracts have yet to be reviewed, it is very likely that at least 45 will be accepted. This will exceed the prior record of 42 UWRF students who presented in 2004 at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virgina. In addition this year, a very wide range of fields are also represented from the traditional sciences to English and Music as well as many other fields.

To accommodate travel for this large contingent, SURSCA and UWRF plan to charter our own jet from Sun Country Airlines! In addition, we will also be sharing the plane with contingents from other UW campuses as well.

Stay tuned for more updates on this exciting upcoming event/adventure for our students.

SURSCA establishes a Facebook presence!!!!

In December 2009, the current officer corps of SURSCA decided to establish a “Facebook” presence to help develop our outreach to fellow students, faculty, administrators and interested parties. Together with this new blog space these tools will help guide the organization into it’s second decade of activities. Check it out and become a “Friend” of SURSCA!!!

Friday, January 8, 2010

2009 Gala Evening of RSCA

On November 30th 2009, the UWRF SURSCA chapter held it's 8th annual "Gala Evening of RSCA" event in the Falcon's Nest of the UC. Attended by nearly 100 students, faculty, administrators and interested parties from across the campus community, this year's event featured work from some 29 presenters. Included in this work were posters from Biology, Animal Sciences, Food Sciences, Psychology, English, Physics, Education and other UWRF departments. In addition, for the first time, this years event included presentations from our sister institution UW-Stout, which was represented by Dr. Micheal Pickert. Keynote presentations were made by the new UWRF Chancellor, Dr. Dean Van Galen as well as each of the Deans from CAS, CAFES and Education. Altogether, another successful start to RSCA in the 2009-2010 academic year.

Images from the evening can be seen at the UWRF Photo archive: