Student Research Symposium Scheduled for April 26

By UW-Waukesha

WAUKESHA – University of Wisconsin-Waukesha students will show off their research findings during the Student Research Symposium on Saturday, April 26 at the college.

The event, free and open to the public, will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Commons 101, but attendees who are only able to make a portion of the program are encouraged to come and go as they please. UW-Waukesha is located at 1500 N. University Drive in Waukesha.

The symposium will feature the work of the following UW-Waukesha students: Kelly McKenzie, Carissa Rohde, Andres Saavedra, Lindsay Finn, Samantha Below, Nicholas Bilicki, Lisa Brady, Hannah Kuecker, Jenna Schaefer, Haseeb Ahmad, William Carver, Christie

Costakis, Emily Dundon, Jessica Fagan, Tessa George, Alyssa Hermanson, Renee Kowalewski, Elise Lamprecht, Elisabeth Rogers, Teresa Roman and Taylor Stanley.

Faculty mentors include Lori Brock (assistant professor, biological sciences), Suzanne Joneson(assistant professor, biological sciences),  Ellyn Lem (associate professor, English), Timothy Dunn (associate professor, philosophy), Bob Bermant (professor, psychology/education), Jill Rinzell (assistant professor, psychology/education) and Jeanne Glowacki (lecturer, psychology/education).

UW-Waukesha’s Student Research Symposium is a unique multi-disciplinary program that offers students the opportunity to work on an original research project with a faculty member at an unusually early stage of their academic careers. Students with an interest in being researchers, and not simply consumers, work with a faculty member to identify either a question or problem to be investigated or a hypothesis to be tested and then work collaboratively to seek those answers.

“The nature of Student Research Symposium projects encourages participants to ‘own’ their research project to a larger degree than they might through their regular coursework and the immersion experience they receive along the way has been known to steer students towards a particular major or career,” said Scott Silet, UW-Waukesha’s director of library and media services and an organizer of the event.

“The symposium is, at its core, an opportunity for students and the campus community to participate in and celebrate the liberal arts together and to contribute to the society of scholars at the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha.”

Since 2002, student research projects have made inquiries into a variety of captivating topics including the role of dissonance and social comparison in the decision to divorce, African influences in the cuisine of the American South, the philosophical relationship between moral luck and moral assessment, mathematical matrices in the fourth dimension, secular/religious conflicts in the college classroom, chaos in simple electronic circuits, and the problems facing veterinary care on American Indian Reservations.

At the symposium, students present the results of their research to an audience of campus and community members and then field questions from the audience.

For a full list of presentations, go to


UW–Waukesha has the largest enrollment among the 13 UW Colleges campuses. These freshman/sophomore campuses and UW Colleges Online comprise the UW Colleges. They offer an Associate of Arts and Sciences degree and prepare students of all ages and backgrounds for baccalaureate and professional programs.

In addition, UW-Waukesha offers several collaborative bachelor’s degrees through UW-Milwaukee and UW-Oshkosh. Starting this fall, UW-Waukesha is offering the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) degree completion program, a bachelor’s degree that can be earned at UW-Waukesha in collaboration with UW-Parkside. The degree is conferred by UW Colleges. Classes are taught by faculty from both UW-Waukesha and UW-Parkside.

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Andy Turner