Undergraduates to participate in Research in the Rotunda April 17

April 8, 2019 – University of Wisconsin-River Falls students will share research on topics ranging from using genomics to determine coyote lineage in Minnesota and Wisconsin to the science of facial tracking software during the 16th Annual Research in the Rotunda event in Madison April 17.

This year, seven students from three UWRF colleges (the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the College of Business and Economics) will travel to the state capitol to showcase their research through poster presentations.

Only six projects from each UW System campus are featured at this event which allows legislators and the public to learn about the impact of UW System undergraduate research.

The UW System is a national leader in undergraduate research which contributes to the State’s priorities including retention, graduation rates, workforce and economic development. The event celebrates the importance of student and faculty research and recognizes UW System’s ongoing commitment to providing high impact learning opportunities and expanding knowledge.

“Our students are proud of their work and appreciate the opportunity to share at such a prestigious level,” said Lissa Schneider-Rebozo, UWRF director of undergraduate research and professor of English. “The students and their faculty mentors value the chance to have face-to-face interactions with legislators and community members alike. We enthusiastically encourage alumni and their families, as well as the public at large to attend the event and learn about the importance of student and faculty research.”

UW-River Falls undergraduate research to be presented:

“The Effect of Dairy Manure and Inorganic Nitrogen on Soil Fertility, Nutrient Uptake and Yield in Corn,” by Melissa Preston of Delafield; faculty mentor Natasha Macnack.

“Using genomics to determine coyote (Canis latrans) lineage in Minnesota and Wisconsin,” by Taylor Soto of Kenosha; faculty mentor Kevyn Juneau.

“Relationship of Neonatal Beef Calf Vigor with Metabolic Status,” by Claiborn Bronkhorst of Waupun; faculty mentors Amy Radunz and Kurt Vogel.

“Facial Expressions Meet Big Data,” by Riley Swanson of Prior Lake, Minn., residing in River Falls; faculty mentor Steven Livingstone.

“Characterizing the Phenomenon of Particle Lane Formation in an Electric Field,” by Jacob Hanson-Flores of Beldenville; faculty mentor Surujhdeo Seunaurine.

“Medial Prefrontal Cortex Inhibition Attenuates Symptoms of Depression in Long Evans Rats,” by Sophie Ackerman of Marshfield, and Lucy Landaeta of Salem; faculty mentor James Cortright.

To learn more about undergraduate research at UWRF, email or call 715-425-3902. 

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