Friday, March 8, 2013

Research fair chooses online students

surca logo     Two Global Campus students have become the first to have research accepted into the university’s Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities.
     The showcase, known as SURCA, highlights students’ work in all majors. Their research will be displayed in the WSU Pullman CUB on March 29, and awards given to winners in nine categories.
     Erica Seversen, whose paper was also accepted into WSU’s Academic Showcase, explored how Chinese women in the imperial court gained power by arranging for young or weak males to be named their heirs, then ruled by proxy in their name.
     She credited her professor, Lydia Gerber, for her help and encouragement. More...      “Her Chinese Civilization class was by far the best course I have taken at WSU and the reason is the time she puts into the lessons and her interaction with the students,” said Seversen, of Ballard, Wash.
     “This is, in my mind, a testament to Erica’s personal strengths as well as evidence of the educational framework provided by WSU Online,” Gerber said. “To my delight, during an in-class research paper conference, Erica’s paper was also ranked as the strongest scholarly contribution in the entire class.”
     Andrew Zander of Silverdale, Wash., researched the role of self-efficacy in online learning, exploring how social cognitive theory can be used to improve online courses and better equip students for success.
     “With this being my last semester before graduating, I’m very proud to have my work included in such a great program,” Zander said. “The mere acceptance into SURCA makes me feel as though I'm able to go out with a bang.”
     Seversen is coming to Pullman to present, but Zander is able to present from his home. Global Campus project specialist Charlie Snyder will set up Zander’s poster and place a computer next to it so judges can ask questions and get live-streamed answers.
     “It’s really amazing that I’m able to participate in such an interactive way!” Zander said.

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