UW-Platteville hosts Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavors Symposium

April 30, 2013
Students presented their research projects at the Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavors Symposium

PLATTEVILLE, Wis.­­­ — The University of Wisconsin-Platteville hosted the Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavors Symposium in Ullsvik Hall Monday, April 29, which began at 10 a.m.

“Undergraduate research is one of several methods of teaching, including high impact practice, which UW-Platteville strongly encourages and performs,” said Mittie N. Den Herder, provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs.

“UW-Platteville is committed to exercising high impact practices as it aids students in retention and satisfaction for the college experience; provides job skills and practical and academic skills; and contributes to the students’ idea of knowledge and confidence,” the provost said.

“All of this research was done with faculty mentors who go above and beyond the classroom experience. A number of these projects may have begun as coursework requirements, but students went further to contribute something new to the field,” said Jessica Sprenger Schulenburg, Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavors coordinator at UW-Platteville.

Approximately 170 UW-Platteville undergraduate students from all three colleges presented 95 different projects.

“I think this is a great opportunity for students to get the experience of presenting their work that they’ve been doing to showcase the time and energy they’ve put into it,” said Joshua Hess, a senior biology major from Rewey, Wis. He presented the poster “Introductory Human Pathology: A Systematic Exploration of Disease and Clinical Thought” with Anthony Swimm, a senior biology major from Mount Horeb, Wis., and Morgan Hoover, a senior biology major from Byron, Ill.

General exhibition sessions took place in Velzy Commons and the Harry and Laura Nohr Gallery. Oral presentation sessions were held in the Prospective Student Services Presentation Room as well as the Southwest Wisconsin Room.

“UW-Platteville putting on this event is also great for those of us who are extending our education and attending graduate school,” said Hoover. “Graduate school focuses a lot on research, and this is a perfect way to get exposure to it.”

UW-Platteville Chancellor Dennis J. Shields, welcomed the undergraduate researchers at 10 a.m. At noon, the provost presented a keynote address, discussing the importance of undergraduate research and the benefits students obtain from participating.

Written by: Eileen McGuine, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194, mcguinee@uwplatt.edu



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