MADISON, Wis.—Students from across the University of Wisconsin System showcased their innovative undergraduate research today at the UW System’s 17th annual Research in the Rotunda event in the State Capitol.

“These projects represent the UW System’s ongoing commitment to build the talent pipeline, instill knowledge, and develop ideas that are instrumental to Wisconsin’s future,” said UW System President Ray Cross. “This research exemplifies the Wisconsin Idea and makes us all very proud of our students, our university system, and our state.”

Many UW System students this academic year have conducted research on important local, regional, national, and global issues. This event allowed select students to present their work to the public, state legislators, UW alumni, and other supporters.

Research in the Rotunda is a celebration of undergraduate research, which has the potential to inform public policy while leading to greater graduation rates and preparing students for employment.

To learn about student research projects in your area, view the full program online.


The University of Wisconsin System serves approximately 170,000 students. Awarding nearly 37,000 degrees annually, the UW System is Wisconsin’s talent pipeline, putting graduates in position to increase their earning power, contribute to their communities, and make Wisconsin a better place to live. More than 80 percent of in-state UW System graduates stay in Wisconsin five years after earning a degree. The UW System provides a 23:1 return on state investment. UW System institutions also contribute to the richness of Wisconsin’s culture and economy with groundbreaking research, new companies and patents, and boundless creative intellectual energy.

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