WSU Professors Elected to National Research Council

OGDEN, Utah – Two Weber State University professors were recently elected to three-year terms as councilors for the Council on Undergraduate Research, making WSU one of only five universities in the country with four or more representatives on the national body.

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Brenda Marsteller Kowalewski, a sociology professor, and Chris Millard, the director of the Office of Sponsored Projects, will join colleagues John Cavitt, director of the Office of Undergraduate Research, and Lauren Fowler, an associate psychology professor, on the council. Each was elected by peer CUR members to serve as a councilor on the national body, which represents more than 870 colleges and universities. As councilors, they have input on the group’s initiatives and direction, and share their expertise in creating undergraduate research programs.

“It’s quite the coup for Weber State because it is the national organization for undergraduate research,” said Cavitt. “It reflects well on our faculty and their dedication to our students.”

As part of her research efforts, Kowalewski is in the midst of a 20-year community-based project that includes 20 student researchers each semester. She also has mentored students who have presented research papers at professional conferences.

Millard works with professors throughout the university, helping them submit proposals to agencies for research opportunities. In addition, she works with student researchers in her English writing and composition course.

WSU will hold its third annual Undergraduate Research Symposium March 27 in the Shepherd Union Building from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The symposium offers students the opportunity to present the results of their research projects.

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John Cavitt, director of the Office of Undergraduate Research
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Brenda Marsteller Kowalewski, sociology professor

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Chris Millard, Office of Sponsored Projects director

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