MADISON—Proposals to update the state’s correctional system, enhance classroom learning, and use technology to protect water supplies from terrorism are just a few features of an upcoming showcase of undergraduate research at the Wisconsin State Capitol.
“Posters in the Rotunda: A Celebration of Undergraduate Research,” will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, April 27. It will bring students and faculty from 15 University of Wisconsin System campuses to the State Capitol Rotunda to share their research findings with state elected officials, federal research representatives, and members of the public.
“We hope a lot of visitors will come through the Capitol to see how undergraduate research in the UW System benefits our society, as well as our students,” said UW System President Katharine C. Lyall.
According to Cora Marrett, UW System senior vice president for academic affairs, undergraduate research is a major priority within the UW System. Hundreds of UW students have presented undergraduate research at local, regional and national meetings, including Posters on the Hill in Washington, D.C. and National Conferences on Undergraduate Research. Undergraduate research efforts are supported through grants, external funding and academic programs.
“UW System faculty support undergraduate research out of their desire to expand the learning environment of students,” Marrett said. “This research involves students in the world of discovery and makes them receptive to the work of others.”
A short program at 12 noon on April 27 will feature remarks from Marrett, Board of Regents Vice President David Walsh; Stan Davis, deputy chief of staff for Gov. Jim Doyle; and Dr. R. Corby Hovis, lead program director for research experiences for undergraduates, division of undergraduate education at the National Science Foundation.
More details are available at http://wisconsin.edu/posters.