Chemistry students attend graduate research symposium

November 23, 2012

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Left-right: Mathew Allen, chemistry professor at Wayne State University, Jeffery Furger, Joseph McKillip, Robinson Flaig, Erin McAllister, Victoria Fisher, Casey Sondgeroth and Dr. Raja Annamalai, UW-Platteville chemistry and engineering physics professor.


PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — Six University of Wisconsin-Platteville chemistry students attended the graduate research symposium at Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich. in October. Students presented their undergraduate research during a poster session and learned about graduate school through speakers and talks with WSU graduate students. “The symposium gave them a sense of what graduate school would be like,” said Dr. Raja Annamalai, UW-Platteville chemistry and engineering physics professor who attended the symposium.

Casey Sondgeroth presents her research.


UW-Platteville students Casey Sondgeroth of Mendota Ill., Robinson Flaig of Platteville Wis., Erin McAllister of Cresco, Iowa, and Jeffery Furger of Green Bay Wis. presented chemistry research posters to WSU graduate students and professors. “The experience was excellent,” said Flaig. “I am more excited for graduate school than I was before visiting WSU.”

All expenses were paid for by the WSU chemistry program, including taking the attendees out for dinner with current graduate students. “It was a great opportunity to talk to the graduate students about their research and experiences in graduate school,” said Joseph McKillip, sophomore chemistry major from Kenosha, Wis. “They were really honest.”

“After attending the symposium I am better prepared for graduate school,” said Victoria Fisher, sophomore chemistry major and music minor from Appleton, Wis. “The graduate students were open and answered all my questions.”

Erin McAllister presents her research.


Other events included a keynote speaker from Louisiana Sate University, talks from WSU graduate students and a tour of the chemistry department. The symposium is held annually, and Annamalai hopes to continue taking students in the future.

Contact: Dr. Raja Annamalai, UW-Platteville Chemistry Department, (608) 342-6091,

Written By: Nicole Smith, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194,

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