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For Immediate Release

March 28, 2005

Contact: Doug Bradley
dbradley@uwsa.edu
(608) 262-5061

UW System undergraduates to display research in Capitol Rotunda

MADISON—University of Wisconsin System undergraduates who have analyzed forest fires, isolated new anti-infective agents in plants, studied child-learning impairments, and achieved dozens of other accomplishments will showcase their research at the State Capitol in early April.

“Posters in the Rotunda: A Celebration of Undergraduate Research,” will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, April 7, in conjunction with the April meeting of the Board of Regents. The event will bring students and faculty from 15 UW System campuses to the Wisconsin State Capitol Rotunda to share findings from undergraduate research projects with state elected officials, Regents, government representatives, and the public.

“By working closely with faculty on undergraduate research, UW students make their love of learning tangible and design innovative solutions to some of the most pressing problems facing the state and the nation,” said UW System President Kevin P. Reilly. “All those who serve, represent, and invest in UW campuses will be impressed by the strong commitment and original thinking behind this student research.”

Each year, hundreds of UW undergraduates present research findings at local, regional, and national meetings, including Posters on the Hill in Washington, D.C. , National Conferences on Undergraduate Research; and the UW System Symposium for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity, to be held April 29 at UW-Oshkosh. Undergraduate research efforts are supported through grants, external funding and academic programs.

“Undergraduate research is a growing priority at all UW System campuses,” said Board of Regents President Toby E. Marcovich. “Student learning can be significantly enhanced by faculty support for undergraduate research, and this is a wonderful opportunity to observe the outstanding results.”

“Posters in the Rotunda” will feature a short program at 12 noon on April 7, to include remarks from UW System President Reilly, Board of Regents President Marcovich; Professor Jeff Johnson, a UW-Madison researcher, and Amanda Lederer, a student researcher at UW-Platteville.

More details are available at http://www.wisconsin.edu/posters.