Student Research Symposium

2016 Symposium Participants

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 Bob Bermant (Psychology), Timothy Dunn(Philosophy), Suzanne Joneson (Biology), Ellyn Lem (English), or Scott Silet (Library).

This year's Symposium is tentatively scheduled to be held on Saturday, April 29, 2017 in C101.

The complete 2016 program can be found here:

2016 Projects - Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Engineering

  • Jacob Sykalski (Suzanne Joneson) – Biology – “Susceptibility of Aquatic Microorganisms to Triclosan: Should We Care?”
  • Jacob Sykalski, Brielle Bartes, Xiongmee  Vang, and Sireen Jaber (Lori Brock) – Biology – “The S.M.A.R.T Start:  Stroke Management and Readiness Team”
  • Molly Guiliani, Brian Weidenfeller (Lori Brock) – Biology – “Cadaver Dissection: Necropsy Results”
  • Lee Stedman (Quintin Bendixen) – Geology - "The Winter That Never Came: An Analysis of Climate Change in Waukesha"

 2016 Projects - Humanities

  • Cody Bober (Ellyn Lem, Andrea Lochen) – English – “The Elusive Classic: Investigating Literary Merit in Famous American Fiction”
  • Kesha Patel (Timothy Dunn) – Philosophy – “The Obligations of Responding to Climate Change”
  • Lauren Dawley and Sara Mihor (Sara Pagliaroni) – English – "Red Ink Overload: How Much Feedback Do Student Writers Prefer?"
  • Nicole Italiano, Emma Kutschenreuter, and Andrew Russell (Heather Carroll) – English – “The Impact of Extra-Credit and Required Writing Tutorial Sessions”
  • Robert Hall (Ellyn Lem) – English – “Our Future Selves: The Upsides of Aging in Our Culture”

The event is free and open to the public.

2017 Symposium application form

View abstracts of past projects here!