Join us for our 5th Annual Student Research Symposium on November 4, 2017 !!

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.

Student poster presentation at the 2016 Research Symposium.

Registration is now open.

Event Registration Price (includes catered lunch!):

$35 – General Admission
$30 – Student Non-Presenter
$25 – Presenter Admission ($30 for registrations after 10/14)

Registration Deadlines

October 14: Presenter Registration Deadline (Any students registering after this date will pay $30)
November 1: General Public Registration Deadline

Call for presentations for 2017 is now closed.

 Abstract Guidelines

Frequently Asked Questions

Click HERE for a full list of last year’s (2016) poster and oral presentations.

Each year, the best oral and poster presentations are honored with monetary awards ranging from $100-$500.

2017 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. Donald Waller,  John T. Curtis Professor of Botany & Environmental Studies

1:15-1:30: Break

1:30-3:30: Oral Presentations

2:30-3:30: Poster Presentations 

3:30-3:45: Break

3:30-4:00: Awards Ceremony 

2017 Keynote Speaker: Dr. Donald Waller  

WallerDr. Donald Waller
 is a John T. Curtis Professor of Botany & Environmental Studies within the Department of Botany at UW-Madison. He teaches courses in ecology, evolution, and conservation biology. His research focuses on threats to plant and animal diversity, the impacts of deer browsing and invasive species, and the fate of small populations. His research in evolutionary biology and population genetics focuses on the evolution of mating systems and the genetic threat of inbreeding. He works with environmental organizations, land trusts, and state and federal resource agencies and scientists to inject science more effectively into forest and game management. He co-authored Wild Forests: Conservation Biology and Public Policy (Island Press 1994), co-edited The Vanishing Present: Shifts in Wisconsin’s lands, waters, and wildlife (Univ. of Chicago Press 2008), and has authored or co- authored over 100 journal articles. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a former Editor-in-Chief of the journal Evolution and former President of the Society for the Study of Evolution.

2016 Student Presenter Awards

A total of $1,500 was awarded to students for their outstanding research.  Awards included Best Poster and Runner-up, Best Oral and Runner-up presentations in Graduate Studies, Land & Water, and Zoology.

2016 Sponsors:

Major Sponsors:


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 Jaeger-Mellerop Family Foundation

Other Sponsors include the following: 

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