UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls
The Undergraduate Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity (URSCA) office has been fortunate to benefit from generous contributions by The DeLonais Foundation that are making a significant impact on the program’s ability to provide more students with research experiences at UWRF.
“Upon seeing both the caliber of the students doing research with their high level of involvement on campus and the leadership within the program, it became a no brainer to provide support to URSCA,” said Kathy DeLonais, president of The DeLonais Foundation, about the motivation behind the contributions.
Among the recent purchases made possible by The DeLonais Foundation, gifts are two movable SMART Boards that enhance training experiences and collaborations for UWRF students. The large scale (70-inch) interactive, touchscreen SMART Boards allow students new ways to collaborate and interact as they develop grant writing and review skills, examine research problems and methodologies, analyze research budgets, and develop dissemination plans, according to URSCA Director Lissa Schneider-Rebozo.
Funding from The DeLonais Foundation will also be used to support enhanced training opportunities for future cohorts of the UWRF Summer Scholars. Starting in summer 2015, the Summer Scholars program included a new series of weekly workshops on everything from Research Ethics to Presentation and Networking Skills. This new workshop series and the SMART Boards are among several program enhancements made possible by contributions from The DeLonais Foundation.
“Gifts such as those have enabled what is a very new office to become far more than we had initially thought possible, and our students are the beneficiaries," Schneider-Rebozo said.