1. UW-Eau Claire’s Esports Club a fit for both casual and competitive gamers

    Photo of Esports Club members at UW-Eau Claire. About 500 people are in the five-year-old club, with about 50 members participating in competitive leagues against other universities.

    Video gamers of all skill levels are finding competition and camaraderie in the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Esports Club. “I would say that if you are interested in video games, even if you haven’t played too much, there is a spot for you in the club,” says Anika Rix, a club member and fourth-year student from […]

  2. NSF grant funds UW-Eau Claire student-faculty plant pollination research in South Africa

    Photo of three biology students who worked with Dr. Nora Mitchell, an assistant professor of biology, in South Africa this summer collecting research data on plant pollination in one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots.

    Dr. Nora Mitchell, an assistant professor of biology, and three University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire biology students spent a month in South Africa this summer collecting research data on plant pollination in one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots. Chase Fillion, a senior ecology and environmental biology major from Hastings, Minnesota, called the immersion a once-in-a-lifetime experience […]

  3. Internship fund helps UW-Eau Claire senior complete her final degree requirement

    Photo of Brianna Anderson, UW-Eau Claire graduate

    Over the course of this summer, the latest recipient of funding through the Eau Claire Internship Fund has completed a social work internship at the Chippewa Valley Correctional Treatment Facility in Chippewa Falls. Brianna Anderson of Eau Claire officially concluded her internship Aug. 4, marking the completion of her bachelor’s degree in social work at […]

  4. UW-Eau Claire language classes return to Eau Claire elementary school

    Photo of Halle Nicolet and Marli Felicijan, both senior Spanish education majors, shown here leading a class of young students through a lesson about spending a day in Valencia, Spain. At the end of the seven classes, the elementary school students presented the topic in Spanish to visiting parents.

    the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, we know that nothing prepares future teachers better than immersive opportunities for firsthand experience in local K-12 schools — inimitable practice for their own future classrooms. This past spring semester, the languages department at UW-Eau Claire hosted after-school language classes at Lakeshore Elementary School in Eau Claire, a community outreach […]

  5. UW-Eau Claire alumna’s computer science skills helped her develop CaringBridge

    Photo of Sona Mehring’s early exposure at UW-Eau Claire to technology and the power of computers in the early 1980s helped her develop the communication platform CaringBridge that receives 300,000 visits per day.

    Sona Mehring’s early exposure at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire to technology and the power of computers in the early 1980s ignited a passion that led her to develop a communication platform nearly a decade before Facebook and Twitter launched. Today, Mehring’s private and ad-free platform CaringBridge is a 26-year-old nonprofit company that receives 30 […]

  6. New childbirth manikin helps UW-Eau Claire nursing students and community learn

    Photo of new UWEC nursing manikin. Utilizing funds from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. Innovation Grant, the UW-Eau Claire nursing program purchased Lucina, a new high-fidelity maternal and fetal training manikin.

    Pregnant people in rural communities are facing an uncertain future for health care options. With local clinics and providers becoming less accessible, they often are forced to decide between significant travel time or delivering in nontraditional settings. Fortunately, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire nursing program is ready to meet the needs of regional patients. Utilizing […]

  7. UW-Eau Claire biology class started alumna’s journey to becoming world-renowned scientist

    Photo of Lisa Schulte Moore, who graduated from UW-Eau Claire in 1993 with a degree in biology and is the associate director of the Bioeconomy Institute and professor of natural resource ecology and management at Iowa State University.

    Like many aspiring scientists, Dr. Lisa Schulte Moore came to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire curious about the natural world but not quite sure how she might help solve its many problems. She found her answer in a plant ecology class taught by Dr. William Barnes, a UW-Eau Claire professor of biology from 1972-1999. “He […]

  8. UW-Eau Claire receives large grant to support faculty-student research in growing field of astrophysics

    Photo of sophomore Alexis Rustin and Dr. William Wolf, assistant professor of physics and astronomy, who have been collaborating on computational astrophysics research. This summer, Rustin will be one of three Blugolds who will work with Wolf on research supported by a newly awarded National Science Foundation $526,813 CAREER grant. (Photo by Shane Opatz)

    Dr. William Wolf, assistant professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, received a five-year, $526,813 CAREER grant from the National Science Foundation to work with undergraduate students on research. The prestigious NSF CAREER grant supports early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to […]

  9. UW-Eau Claire grad says undergraduate research and faculty mentors made Rhodes Scholarship possible

    Photo of Dr. Tayo Sanders, a UW-Eau Claire graduate who was selected for the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship program, returning to his alma mater this spring to talk about how his faculty mentors and undergraduate research experiences continue to shape his life and career. (Photos by Bill Hoepner/UW-Eau Claire)

    Tayo Sanders II was a University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire junior when he got a message from his research mentor encouraging him to apply for a Rhodes Scholarship, something he’d never heard of before. When he researched it, Sanders was certain he’d misunderstood her message because the Rhodes program — which includes a full scholarship to […]

  10. Mayo Clinic Health System cardiologist teaches one-of-a-kind course to UW-Eau Claire Honors students

    Photo of Dr. Andrew Calvin, who credits the UW-Eau Claire and Mayo Clinic Health System collaborative relationship as the inspiration to create a course about clinical research.

    Almost every major and discipline has a connection to clinical research, according to Dr. Andrew Calvin with Mayo Clinic Health System. “Students at UW-Eau Claire are at a really interesting time and place where — if they want to — I think they can really positively shape the direction of our country and our world,” […]