Student Research Symposium

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The Student Research Symposium provides students at UWM at 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 will be held on Saturday, April 28, 2018, in C101. An (open) information session for the Symposium will be held at noon on Thursday, November 16th in N129.

An overview of the 16th Annual program can be found here:

2018 Projects - Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Engineering

  • Jeremiah Swanson (Suzanne Joneson, Advisor) – Biology –
    Thermal Stress and Antibiotic Resistance in Escherichia coli.
  • Benjamin Sieren (Quintin Bendixen, Advisor) - Geology -
    "Fossil Hunting at Soldier's Home Reef"
  • Jacob Grudnowski (Michael Pauers, Advisor) - Biology -

 2018 Projects - Humanities

  • Emily Ruszkiewicz and Michaela Englund (Heather Carroll and Kim Harry, Advisors) – Academic Success Center
    "So, What's Yout Style?: How Tutors' Learning Styles Impact Tutoring Strategies"

2018 Projects - Social Sciences

  • Chris Ricci, Megan Johnson, and Miranda Kennison (Gregg Jamison, Advisor) – Anthropology –
    Prehistory Etched in Stone: Archaeological Analysis of Acheulean Hand Axes at UW-Waukesha
  • MaryJo Kanelos (Julianna Alitto, Advisor) – Psychology –
    Change of Mind: the Effects of Mindset and Grit Have on Perceived Levels of Academic Stress
  • Veronica Church and Tony Schultz (Gregg Jamison, Advisor) - Anthropology -
    "Diving Into Material Culture: Prehistoric Native American Pottery at UWM at Waukesha"
  • Thomas Maslan (Bob Bermant, Advisor) - Psychology
    "How to Make or Break a Lie: An Investigation of the Effects of Anxiety on Deception Abilities"
  • Thadd Sapa-Kotlarek (Jill Rinzel, Advisor) - Psychology
    "The Soundtrack to Life Experience" (Research in the Hub poster presentation only)

The event is free and open to the public.

Complete List of Student Research Symposium Projects: 2002-present

2019 Symposium application form

Recent press about the Symposium - 2017