Join us for our 4th Annual Student Research Symposium on November 12, 2016 !!

2016 Theme: Water Connections

Although “Water” is the highlighted category for this year’s event, projects not involving water are encouraged to submit abstracts

Come meet, learn from, and support the best and brightest of Wisconsin’s future scientists! Top undergraduate and graduate students from Wisconsin colleges and universities will present a wide range of research in the natural sciences at this year’s Student Research Symposium, and we’d love to have you there.

With a full day of presentations, delicious catered lunch, and 379 acres of wild Wisconsin to explore, you’ll be fully immersed in the wonders of the natural world.

You especially won’t want to miss a special keynote presentation from Dr. Val Klump, Senior Director of the School of Freshwater Sciences at UW-Milwaukee. Dr. Klump’s work has taken him to the deepest reaches of Lake Michigan and Superior to the largest and oldest lake in the world, Lake Baikal in eastern Siberia. Dr. Klump’s presentation is a unique opportunity to learn more about the amazing freshwater our region is blessed with.

Ready to join us? Students, professors, scientists, professionals, and anyone else interested in learning more about science and nature are invited to attend!

Click HERE for a full list of this year’s poster and oral presentations.

Call for presentations is now closed for 2016, but non-presenting students are encouraged to attend the event as well!

Event Registration Price (includes catered lunch!):

$35 – General Admission
$30 – Student Non-Presenter
$25 – Presenter Admission

Symposium Schedule 

8:00 – 8:45: Registration/Check-in

9:00 – 9:20: Welcoming Remarks by Riveredge Director of Research & Conservation

9:25 – 11:00: Oral Presentations (2 Concurrent tracks)

11:00-11:45: Guided Nature Hike through the Riveredge Sanctuary 

11:45-12:30: Catered Lunch

12:30-1:15: Keynote Presentation by Dr. Val Klump

1:15-1:30: BREAK

1:30-3:30: Oral Presentations

2:30-3:30: Poster Presentations 

3:30-4:00: Awards Ceremony 

Keynote Speaker  

Val KlumoDr. Val Klump is a Professor, Associate Dean of Research, and Senior Director of the School of Freshwater Sciences at UW-Milwaukee. His research focuses on how nutrients and carbon are cycled in lakes. This work has taken him from the deepest soundings in Lakes Superior and Michigan aboard a research submersible, to the largest and oldest lake in the world—Lake Baikal in eastern Siberia. His recent research highlights the presence and dynamics of “dead zones” in Green Bay including the impact climate change has on their extent and duration.

Klump currently serves as a board member of several regional and national organizations including: the International Joint Commission’s Science Advisory Board Research Coordination Council, the NOAA Integrated Ocean Observing System Federal Advisory Committee, the National Association of Marine Laboratories Executive Board, the Wisconsin Sea Grant Advisory Council, and the Discovery World Board of Directors. He holds a degree in Law from Georgetown University and a PhD in Marine Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

2015 Symposium Award Winners

2016 Student Presenter Awards

This year, awards will be given to undergraduate and graduate students in each session category (Zoology, Water, and Habitat). All posters will be judged as one category.  A total of $1,500 will be awarded to students for their outstanding research.

2016 Sponsors:

Major Sponsors:


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 Jaeger-Mellerep Family Foundation

Other Sponsors include the following: 

Wisconsin Society for Ornithology, UW-Nelson Institute, Sierra Club – Great Waters Group, and anonymous donors