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Economics student Brianna Noland Presents at “Posters on the Hill”

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Economics major Brianna Noland, Senator Al Franken and Economics Professor Stella Hofrenning

Brianna Noland, a senior economics major, represented Augsburg University in the Council of Undergraduate Research Posters on the Hill event in 2013. This non-partisan event, held each year at the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington D.C., showcases the research of a total of 60 undergraduate students (out of 800 applicants) from colleges and universities across the country.

Economics Professor Stella Hofrenning, who was Brianna’s research advisor, said that the Council chose projects that represented outstanding examples of undergraduate research. Brianna’s project, which was funded through the Undergraduate Research and Graduate Opportunities (URGO) program at Augsburg involved analyzing college student retention rates and the impact of student debt on those rates. For more information about undergraduate research see Augsburg Undergraduate Research (URGO).

While at the Capitol, Noland and Hofrenning met with U.S. Senators Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar from Minnesota. Later in the day, Noland presented her poster to a large crowd of members of Congress, congressional staffers and other guests. For more information about the Council of Undergraduate Research see U.S. Council on Undergraduate Research.