Local students present at Undergraduate Research Day at the UW-Whitewater

The following local students were among the presenters at Undergraduate Research Day at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

  • Michaela Efflandt from Twin Lakes, majoring in psychology. Efflandt’s projects are called “Non-reciprocal Behavioral Contrast in Multiple VI-DRL Schedules” and “Exploring behavioral contrast in multiple VI PR schedules.”
  • Grace Barrett from Trevor, majoring in geography. Barrett’s project is called “UWW Soils Team Participation in Collegiate Soils Competition.”
  • Kierstin Sorensen from Salem, majoring in physics. Sorenson’s projects are called “A Citizen Science Search for High Proper Motion Stars Towards Galactic Center”, “What Makes a Good Citizen Scientist: First Results from The Milky Way Project Blink” and “A Search for Variable Stars Towards Galactic Center Using “Citizen Science.”
  • Kayla Weidner from Bristol, majoring in elementary education. Weidner’s project is called “Does It Exist Without Light: Season 2, Episode 5”.
  • Gregory Hyde from Kenosha, majoring in computer science. Hyde’s project is called “Testbed Development for Genetic Algorithms”
  • Colin Deady from Trevor, majoring in marketing. Deady’s project is called “Evaluating eBay’s Future in the Online Marketplace.”
  • Brittany Moore from Twin Lakes, majoring in communication sciences and disorders. Moore’s project is called “Bi-dialectalism:the investigation of the cognitive advantage and non-native dialect perception in noise.”

“It’s a showcase of academic student engagement in its purest form-seeing students engage in scholarly activity through undergraduate research within their discipline and across disciplines,” said Whitney Supianoski, director of the McNair Scholars Program.

The event was Thursday, March 16, in the James R. Connor University Center Hamilton Room.

Projects ranged from social work and criminology to performing art pieces. Many of the students have been preparing their research and working alongside a faculty mentor for close to a year.

“Typically, they (undergraduate students) work for a year or more. By ‘work’ I mean the active scholarly work that they need to put in, including a literature review or some sort of experimentation. It includes thinking how to present the work and explain the work to people who may not be in their field of expertise,” said Catherine Chan, director of the Undergraduate Research Program.

As a longstanding UW-Whitewater event, Undergraduate Research Day has grown not only in numbers, but in the quality of the research being presented.

“I’ve witnessed a growth in the variety of the projects and different trends in the projects being presented,” said Chan. “There are more team-based projects now, more interdisciplinary projects being developed. It is certainly an opportunity for them to practice any opportunities down the line for interviews for grad school, professional schools and employment.”

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