Student Research Symposium

The Student Research Symposium provides students at UW-Waukesha with a unique opportunity to conduct original research and to distinguish themselves in their chosen field of study. Students work independently with a faculty sponsor to select a project topic in the fall term and present the results of their research at a multidisciplinary symposium held on campus in late spring. Students interested in submitting a proposal should contact wakhonors at or contact Timothy Dunn(Philosophy), Bob Bermant (Psychology), Ellyn Lem (English), or Scott Silet (Library).

This year's Symposium will be held on Saturday, April 30, 2016 in C101. 

Symposium application form

Highlights from the 2015 Student Research Symposium:

Natural Sciences Projects
Name(s) Advisor Department Project Title
Kelly McKenzie & Carissa Rohde Lori Brock Biology A Post Mortem Case Study on Metastatic Lung Cancer
Andres Saavedra Lori Brock Biology

Antibiotic Resistant Genes In Avian Gut Microbiota

Samantha Below & Lindsay Finn Lori Brock Biology The Effects of Diet on Anti-Inflammatory and Anti-Angiogenic Markers
Nicholas Bilicki Suzanne Joneson Biology Ecological Niche Plasticity in the Cyanobacterium Nostoc sp.


Humanities Projects
Name Advisor Department Project Title
Todd Stair Ellyn Lem & Timothy Dunn Philosophy Bibliotherapy: Does Literature Help Those with Cancer Cope


Social Sciences Projects
Name(s) Advisor Department Project Title
Lisa Brady Bob Bermant Psychology Cleansing Low Morals With Donated Dollars
Hannah Kuecker Jill Rinzel Education Time Devoted to Others is Time Well Spent:  The Relationship between a Student having an Adult Mentor and their Academic Engagement
Haseeb Ahmad, Elise Lamprecht, Carissa Rohde, and Teresa Roman Jeanne Glowacki Psychology Biology makes a brain, but a healthy life creates a mind
Jenna Schaefer Bob Bermant Psychology Stop, that Hurts!:  A Look at Blame Motivation and Unintentional and Intentional Harms

Past Projects by Department 

Past Projects by department


2003, Archaeology in Jefferson County – Pottery Techniques


2003, Art in the Public Eye: Investigating Creative Activism

Biological Sciences

2009, Case Study of Bronchogenic Carcinoma and its Effects on Cardiac Tissue

2007, Mitochondrial Ancestry

2006, The Effects of Exercise on Cancer Recovery

2006, Effects of Just-in-Time Teaching on Student Learning in Biology 109

2004, Reducing Gender Differences in Test Performance in Biology Exam


2009, The Effects of Bacterial Contamination on the Fermentation of Cellulose to Ethanol

2004, Chemical Synthesis of 1-(o-Bromotrityl) imidazole and 1-(o-Iodotrityl) imidazole

2003, Successful and Feasible Bio-Fuel Projects

Communication/Theatre Arts

2007, Dramaturgy for March on Milwaukee: A Memoir of the Open Housing Protests

2006, Dramatugy for In Their Own Words: A Vietnam Chronicle

2003, Dramaturgy for "The Laramie Project"


2004, The Theory of Multiple Intelligences and the Relevant Research Critiques


2010, Pulp Film: Violence in American Cinema

2010,  Our Vampires, Ourselves: the Allure of Vampires Through Time

2009, No Animal Left Behind: Problems facing veterinary care on Indian reservations

2009, Happily Ever Once Upon: Kafka's distortion of fairy-tale and mythological motifs

2009, Kafka's Women

2009, Homegrown Courage Inspiring Generations

2007, Defining and Combining Service-Learning at the University Level

2007, Dystopia: The Denial of Desire and Ultimate Surrender of the Self

2006, Ekphrastic Poetry: The Language of Visual Art

2006, Working Between Worlds: Dealing with Religious Christian Fundamentalists in the English Classroom

2004, Drumbeats and Dinner Tables: Tracing African Influences in Southern Cuisine


2009, Cuban Missile Crisis: The primary arguments

2004, The Lives of Blacks During the Antebellum Period

2003, Concept Mapping in World History


2009, What Does a Mathematician Do?

2006, Matrices in Dimension Four

2003, A Geometry Equation: Fun + Games = Knowledge


2010, The Ethical Consumer in a Material World

2010, “You Can’t Take the Sky from Me”:Examining the Political Tensions Between the State and the Individual In Joss Whedon’s Firefly

2010, Functionalism and Qualia

2009, Rule Utilitarianism

2007, The Problem of Evil

2006, Emotionology: A Philosophical Study of the Emotions

2006, Moral Luck and Moral Assessment

Physical Education

2007, Where do children get the influence to stay active and healthy?

2006, Training the Three Energy Systems

2004, Professional Instruction Time in the PE Classroom


2010, From NASA to UWW: Results of a Desktop Radio Telescope

2004, Observation of Cosmic Rays with a Homemade Particle Detector

2002, Ghost in the Machine: Chaos in a Simple Electronic Circuit

Political Science

2009, Hunting for Answers About Ideology: The role of hunting on the ideological formation

2007, The Decider is a Divider: The Conflict Model of Presidential Leadership

2003, Empire Building: US Foreign Policy in the Post-Cold War Era


2007, Racial Attitudes Across Various Demographics

2006, An Examination of the Influence on a Mother's Decision to Discontinue Breastfeeding

2004, You Gotta Have Heart: The Effects of Optimism on a Difficult Cognitive Task

2004, A Closer Look at the Ups and Downs of Bipolar Disorder

2003, The Role of Dissonance and Social Comparison in Deciding to Divorce


2004, The Color of Justice in Wisconsin

World Languages

2003, The Diversity Dilemma in Spain