Students showcase work at 20th annual Research in the Rotunda event

Written by Alison Parkins on |

Sixteen students from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville showcased their undergraduate research at the Universities of Wisconsin’s 20th annual Research in the Rotunda event on March 6. The students were among more than 150 student researchers from across the state who shared their work with legislators, business leaders, alumni and more in the Capitol in Madison.

“Undergraduate student research helps students better understand their material, informs faculty teaching, and creates better job opportunities for graduates,” said Universities of Wisconsin President Jay Rothman.

The students presented a total of seven projects, representing all three colleges and the UW-Platteville Baraboo Sauk County campus.

“It has been awesome. This is a great event,” said Liz Winkler, an environmental science and conservation major who attended the event and presented research on tree-ring analysis. “A lot of people took interest in my research, and it is so cool to see legislators and the public in general show interest."

UW-Platteville research projects included:

  • Characteristics of polymer modified bentonites under variable chemical conditions  
    Students: Jenna Springer, Kristin Muench, Grace Lewis, Nate Strandberg
    Mentor: Dr. Gretchen Bohnhoff

  • Understanding the genetic basis of how legumes associate with symbiotic rhizobia
    Students: Anna Hagemann, Jamie Voegeli, Melina Debroux, Lauren Young, Mackenzie Krajco
    Mentors: Dr. Muthu Venkateshwaran, Chance Huberty

  • The Impact of Race on Willingness to Punish and Punishment Severity 
    Student: Madison Rouse
    Mentor: Dr. Jenna Zucker

  • Interplay of assembly conditions in polyelectrolyte nanofilms used for drug delivery applications 
    Students: Alaina Wolter, Nathan Francisco, Joe Sommers
    Mentor: Dr. Soma Chattopadhyay

  • Accuracy of Merlin ID App 
    Student: Naomi Cobb 
    Mentor: Dr. Ryan Haasl

  • Submerged Treasure: Dendroprovenancing Lake Superior Sunken Timbers 
    Student: Elisabeth Winkler
    Mentors: Dr. Evan Larson and James Riser

  • The role of GEFmeso in the formation of Drosophila neuronal active zones 
    Students: Katelyn Haschke, Tyler Schrumpf
    Mentor: Dr. David Olson