Student Research Symposium is Sat. April 28

UWM at Waukesha Students Present Research to Community
By UWM at Waukesha

Eight college research projects – from anthropology to psychology will be presented at UWM at Waukesha’s annual Student Research Symposium. The symposium runs from 9am-2pm on Saturday, April 28 in Room C101 and is modeled after a scholarly conference. Twelve UWM at Waukesha students will present the results of their research and answer questions from the campus community.  Everyone is welcome to attend the presentations and no registration is needed. UWM at Waukesha is located at 1500 N. University Drive in Waukesha.

The research projects (ranging from anthropology to psychology), the UWM at Waukesha students who will present and their faculty mentors include:

  1. Diving into Material Culture: Prehistoric Native American Pottery at UWM at Waukesha
      Veronica Church and Matthew (Tony) Schultz; Mentor: Dr. Gregg Jamison, Anthropology Dept.

Veronica Church is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and co-president of Pride Alliance. She is a freshman and plans to transfer to UW-Milwaukee in 2019 to pursue a degree in cultural anthropology.

Matthew (Tony) Schultz is a second-year UWM at Waukesha student who will transfer to UW Milwaukee this fall to pursue Egyptian Anthropology. Tony is in Phi Theta Kappa and has made the Dean's list with high honors in fall of 2017.

  1.  So, What’s Your Style?: How Tutors’ Learning Styles Impact Tutoring Strategies
    Michaela Englund and Emily Ruszkiewicz; Mentor: Heather Carroll & Kimberly Harry, Mathematics Dept.

A first generation college student, Michaela Englund loves the experience, as well as the growth in her confidence, and ability to learn new things on her own. She tutors Chemistry 145, 155 and Biology 101 and enjoys being able to assist fellow students in addition to staying proficient in past material.
She will transfer to UW-Parkside this fall to complete her bachelor’s degree in chemistry and from there, medical school, to pursue a career in clinical pathology.

Emily Ruszkiewicz, will complete her associate’s degree this spring and plans to attend UW-Whitewater in the fall. Emily is majoring in Biology with a Pre-Biomedical emphasis. Her career goal is to become a Clinical Research Senior Coordinator. She is also employed as a Math and Chemistry tutor in the Academic Success Center.

  1. Change of Mind: The Effects of Mindset and Grit Have on Perceived Levels of Academic Success 
    MaryJo Kanelos;  Mentor: Dr. Julianna Alitto, Psychology Dept.

    MaryJo Kanelos is a sophomore and will transfer to UW-Madison this fall to pursue a degree in nursing. Her career goal is to become either a nurse practitioner or nurse anesthetist. She keeps very busy as President of the Student Government Association, Secretary of Phi Theta Kappa, and a member of the Activities Coordination Team. She is also a tutor both on and off campus, and volunteers at Waukesha Memorial Hospital.

  2.  How to Make or Break a Lie: An Investigation of the Effects of Anxiety on Deception Abilities  
    Thomas Maslan;  Mentor: Dr. Bob Bermant, Psychology Dept.

A sophomore at UWM at Waukesha, Thomas Maslan plans to pursue a major followed by a PhD in Social or Experimental Psychology.

  1. Prehistory Etched in Stone: Archaeological Analysis of Acheulean Hand Axes at UW-Waukesha
    Megan Johnson, Miranda Kennison, and Chris Ricci; Mentor: Dr. Gregg Jamison, Anthropology Dept.

Megan Johnson is a sophomore at UWM at Waukesha and will graduate with her Associate’s degree this spring. She plans to move to either UW Madison or UW Milwaukee in the fall to pursue a degree in Anthropology or Communications.
Miranda Kennison has been a student at UW Waukesha for two years. She is moving on to UW Milwaukee next fall to pursue a degree in Anthropology.
A sophomore, Chris Ricci, plans to continue his studies in Anthropology and Global Studies this fall at the University of Minnesota, where he was recently accepted.

  1. Fossil Hunting at Soldier’s Home Reef
    Benjamin Sieren; Mentor: Dr. Quintin Bendixen, Geology Dept.

Benjamin Sieren will transfer to UW-Parkside this fall to complete a bachelor's degree in Geosciences with a minor in Chemistry. He hopes to pursue a career in an area of Hydrogeology; however—he admits that he would be elated to work in any geologically related career field.

  1. Thermal Stress and Antibiotic Resistance in Escherichia coli
    Jeremiah Swanson; Mentor: Dr. Suzanne Joneson, Biology Dept.

    An Air Force veteran, Jeremiah Swanson will complete his associate degree this spring and transfer to UW-Parkside in the fall to pursue his goal of becoming a physician. His interests go beyond Escherichia coli and science. He has enjoyed his professors and the learning experience at UWM at Waukesha and feels fortunate to have Dr. Joneson as a mentor who “encouraged him, taught him and pushed him in the right direction.”

  2. Happily Ever Once Upon: Kafka’s Distortion of Fairy-Tale and Mythological Motifs
    Jacob Grudnowski; Mentor: Dr. Michael Pauers, Biology Dept.

    A sophomore at UWM at Waukesha, Jacob Grudnowski has goals of becoming a seasoned researcher. His work with cichlids piqued his interest in biology.


Some students also presented their findings at Research in the Rotunda (a UW System event) held recently at the state capitol in Madison. UWM at Waukesha is part of The University of Wisconsin System, providing freshman and sophomore level classes in over 250 majors.

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Sue Bausch, Regional Director of Communications