MADISON, Wis. —About 150 of the University of Wisconsin System’s best and brightest undergraduate students will fill the Capitol Rotunda this week to share their original research findings with legislators, state leaders, UW alumni, and supporters.

The eleventh annual “Posters in the Rotunda” event takes place on Wednesday, March 12, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. State leaders will join undergraduate students and faculty advisers from UW campuses across the state for a day of events highlighting the positive impacts of university research in Wisconsin.

“This research helps connect students to real-world problems,” said UW System President Ray Cross. “The creativity and curiosity that propel the students’ academic research also help prepare these undergraduates for the workforce, or for pursuing graduate-level work. Ultimately, these experiences will lead to exciting, innovative careers that benefit the larger community,” added Cross.

A brief welcome, beginning at 9:30 a.m., will feature remarks by President Cross. Also speaking at the welcome will be representatives from Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce and the Wisconsin Technology Council, sponsors of the event.

The following is a sampling of the great variety of research topics to be presented:

  • Finances of modern-day college students, by UW-Stout’s Chris Galetka.
  • Developing low-cost biofuels laboratory exercises, by UW-Stevens Point’s Samuel Knapp.
  • Vegetable production season extension using high tunnels, by UW-River Falls’ Karen Gjelhaug.
  • Effects on home prices of aquatic invasive species in Wisconsin, by UW-Oshkosh’s Martin Meder.
  • Use of road salt in Wisconsin – eliminating, moderating, or augmenting, by UW-Marshfield/Wood County’s Dylan Kieffer.
  • Effects of land use on water quality in five streams in Manitowoc County, by UW-Manitowoc’s Cody Halvorsen.
  • How understanding N-methyl acetohydroxamic acid (NMHA) behavior through NMR spectroscopy can lead to novel drug therapeutic treatments, by UW-La Crosse’s Stefanie Sippl.
  • Poverty’s effects on student achievement in the United States and Germany, by UW-Green Bay’s Renee Simon.
  • Treatment of bedding to reduce mastitis in dairy cows, by UW-Fox Valley’s Alexander Horkman and Adam Kositzke.

Visit the Posters in the Rotunda website for a list of all participating students and their research projects, available at

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Editor’s Note: Students and others who participate will be encouraged to share photos and observations from the event on Twitter using the hashtag #UWposters.

UW System Media Contact:
Heather LaRoi

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