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Winona State University will celebrate National Undergraduate Research Week, hosting the fourth annual Minnesota Undergraduate Scholars Conference on April 13 and the Judith Ramaley Celebration of Research and Creative Scholarship on April 15.

The Minnesota Undergraduate Scholars Conference allows students to put forth oral and poster presentations that show their continued growth and success in their undergraduate research. WSU students have participated in this conference in previous years, but this will be the first year Winona State has hosted the event. The short program for the conference is available online.

At WSU, students are continually encouraged to pursue creative projects and presentations of research at local, regional and national conferences. Each year the university provides financial assistance for student research, this year awarding over $30,000 to 55 individual and team projects. The Judith Ramaley Celebration of Research and Creative Scholarships (CRACS) serves to recognize those students who have completed undergraduate research or a creative project in the past year.

Undergraduate research projects from all disciplines are featured at this annual event, and many projects focus on issues important to the region, including “Canadian Pacific Rail: Is Winona Getting Railroaded?,” “Levee Park: Creation, Destruction, and Re-creation for Recreation—Sustaining a City Park,” and “Racial and Ethnic Profiling in Winona County.” The complete CRACS program is available online.

Both events are free and open to the public.

For more information on The Minnesota Undergraduate Scholars Conference, contact Mingrui Zhang at MZhang@winona.edu.

For more information on the Judith Ramaley Celebration of Research and Creative Scholarships event, contact Michael Delong at MDelong@winona.edu

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