Join us for our 6th Annual Student Research Symposium on November 10, 2018 !!

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 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.

Poster Presentations

“Temporal Segregation and Latency to Detection of Canids Using Camera Trap Surveys at Two Sites in Central and Northern Wisconsin”, Matthew Hanneman, McKenna Hammons, and Timothy Zappa (UW-Stevens Point, College of Natural Resources)

“Insect Diversity Found on Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) During Wisconsin Growing Season”, Katte Muza (UW-Stout, Conservation Biology Department)

“Influence of Flower Color on Pollinator Attraction in Hesperis matronalis”, Ursula Sicking (UW-Milwaukee, Biological Sciences Department)

“Relationships Between Stream Characteristics and Mermithidae Infection Rates in Midge (Chironomidae) Specimens in Northwestern Wisconsin Streams”, Macayla Greider (UW-Stevens Point, College of Natural Resources)

“Genetic Origin of Walleye Stocked in the Manitowish Chain of Lakes, Vilas County, WI”, Benjamin Schleppenbach (UW-Stevens Point, College of Natural Resources)

“Comprehensive Assessment and Management Plan for Beaver Dam Lake, WI”, Haley Briel, Yu Li, Ryan McGuire, Catherine Schumak (UW-Madison, Nelson Institute of Environmental Studies)

“Exploring the Current and Future Potential Distributions of Four Lyme Disease Hosts”, Greg Arther (UW-Platteville, Geography Department)

“Reconstructing Groundwater Variability in the Driftless Area using Juniperus virginiana”, Jonathan Ley, April Barr, Tia Federman, Elissa Bahr (UW-Platteville, Geography Department)

“Influence of Water Column Stability on Zooplankton Assemblages in Lake Annie, Florida”, Maegan Mills, Lindsay Neitzel, Elista Fisher (UW-Platteville, Biology Department)

 Student Presenter Awards

A total of $1,500 will be awarded to students for their outstanding research.  Best presentations in each session category, and runners-up, will be awarded. This year’s session categories include “Graduate Studies”, “Water and Plants”, “Mammals and Research Tools” and “Poster Presentations”.

2017 Sponsors:

Major Sponsors:


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Jaeger-Mellerop Family Foundation