The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire resides in the heart of the Chippewa Valley. It enrolls approximately 10,900 students and offers about 80 undergraduate majors and 14 graduate degrees in various disciplines.
Many UW-Eau Claire faculty members are actively involved in research — and a large number collaborate with undergraduate students on their projects. By their senior year, 40 percent of all UW-Eau Claire students have worked with faculty on research or other scholarly projects. Results from these projects have been published in prestigious journals and are presented by students at regional, national and international conferences. UW-Eau Claire is designated by the Board of Regents as the UW System’s Center of Excellence for Faculty and Undergraduate Student Research Collaboration. The center annually hosts a conference and poster session highlighting the results of faculty/student research collaborations involving around 600 students and over half the faculty. In 2016, UW-Eau Claire was recognized by the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) with the national Award for Undergraduate Research Accomplishment in the second year of the award’s existence. CUR cited UW-Eau Claire’s decades-long commitment to providing campus resources to support undergraduate research resulting in significant growth to reach an impressive fraction and diversity of the student body.
UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff understand that undergraduate research experiences provide value long after graduation. In a recent survey, UW-Eau Claire alumni who did undergraduate research were asked about learning gains and post-graduation benefits. Sixty-five percent noted that undergraduate research helped them get a job, and 79 percent said it helped with admission to graduate school.
UW-Eau Claire ranks among the top non-doctoral UW System campuses in the number of National Science Foundation grants its faculty receive. Its chemistry department is nationally recognized for both teaching and research, and in a recent 10-year interval, the chemistry program ranked in the top 2 percent nationwide among similar colleges (regional comprehensive universities) in the number of graduates who have gone on to earn doctorates in chemistry. UW-Eau Claire graduates more physics majors than most other similar colleges in the country, according to the American Institute of Physics.
The campus also houses the Chippewa Valley Center for Economic Research and Development, and has programs in computer graphic design and electronic media design. The Materials Science Center offers state-of-the-art instrumentation, student and faculty research collaborations and innovative industry partnerships.
UW-Eau Claire is one of the few regional public universities in the nation to have two Rhodes Scholars among its graduates – the most recent being materials science major Tayo Sanders II, a recipient of the prestigious honor in 2015. For 20 consecutive years, U.S. News & World Report has ranked UW-Eau Claire among the top regional public universities in the Midwest and in the top third of public and private Midwestern regional universities.
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