Five students attend research conference in Washington, D.C.

UW-Platteville students
March 11, 2014

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s Office of Multicultural Student Affairs sponsored five students’ attendance and presentations at the Emerging Researchers National Conference in STEM in Washington, D.C. Feb. 20-22.

Archie Kinney (general engineering), Mark Cops (mechanical engineering), Nicole Maala (engineering physics), Mattea Allert (biology) and German Ibaceta (mechanical engineering) attended the conference, which was hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences, National Science Foundation, NSF Directorate for Engineering and the National Society of Black Physicists.

Students had the opportunity to present undergraduate research; engage with oral and poster undergraduate and graduate research presentations; participate in graduate school exhibits and fairs; explore the Washington D.C. area; network with science, technology, engineering and mathematics peers across the nation; and hear leading national keynotes in the STEM fields.

Ibacetas’ research “Thermo Hydraulic Testing of the Hugh Flux Test Module” was selected for presentation at the ERN conference in the Civil/Mechanical/ Manufacturing Engineering category. He worked on this project while at the Institute for Neutron Physics and Reactor Technology and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany with co-authors Yuming Chen, Christina Klein and Frederik Arbeiter.

Students reflected on this experience as being valuable to assist them in networking with national peers, learning how other students were able to get involved with research on their campuses, as well as enjoying seeing the variety of projects people were working on.

Kinney stated, “This experience helped me see myself doing research like this in the future.”

OMSA Director Angela Miller, OMSA Advisor AC Stokes and the five students were able to attend this prestigious conference through WiscAMP funding provided by the Wisconsin Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation. Miller and Kari Hill, assistant director of OMSA, secured a $25,000 grant from WiscAMP for the DRIVEN Scholars: STEM Initiative for OMSA use for the 2013-14 academic year. This grant provides undergraduate research conference participation for students, student lab and industry tours, and pays for STEM student peer mentoring through OMSA throughout the year.

For questions about this contact: Angela Miller,

Pictured, top: (l-r) Mattea Allert, Mark Cops, Nicole Maala, Archie Kinney, German Ibaceta; left, Ibaceta presenting at the conference.


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