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.

Program Pricing & Registration

Non-member: $35 per person
Trail Pass Members: $30 per person
Student: $25 per person
Above prices include lunch
All Access Members: Free ($7 lunch add-on)

Registration Deadlines

October 19: Presenter Registration Deadline
November 2: General Public Registration Deadline

2018 Call for Presentations has ended.

 Abstract Guidelines

Frequently Asked Questions

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

2018 Keynote Speaker: Dr. Gerlinde Höbel

Dr. Gerlinde Höbel is an Associate Professor of Behavioral Ecology within the
Department of Biological Sciences at UW-Milwaukee. She teaches courses in ecology, herpetology and canine behavior. Her research focuses on communication and sexual selection in amphibians. She is particularly interested in the strategies individuals use to compete for mates within chorus settings, which represent socially and sensory highly complex environments. She has authored or co-authored 47 journal articles and book chapters, and currently serves as associate editor of the journal Evolution. She was also one of the co-hosts of the 55th Annual Conference of the Animal Behavior Society, held at UW-Milwaukee in August 2018.

Symposium Schedule

8:00-8:45 – Registration

9:00-9:20 – Welcoming Remarks

9:20-11:00 – Student Oral Presentations

  • A Behavioral Study of the Lesser Yellow Lady’s-Slipper in Southeastern WisconsinColin Barrington, Marquette University. 
  • Evaluating the conservation value of shade coffee farms as substitute habitat for tropical epiphytesJeannie Richards, UW-Madison. 
  • Do lianas and trees differ in water usage and drought tolerance? A study using functional traits. Felipe Mello, Marquette University. 
  • Using landscape genomics to characterize potential transmission barriers to plague among prairie dog colonies. Rachael Giglio, UW-Milwaukee.
  • Parent-offspring communication and the effects of oxytocin on maternal care in the California mouse (Peromyscus californicus). Caleigh Guoynes, UW-Madison. 
  • Assessing the breeding status and breeding habitat of the ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla) on a managed nature sanctuary in southeastern Wisconsin. Erica Gerloski, UW-Milwaukee. 
  • Soundscape ecology of state-endangered Blanchard’s Cricket Frog communities in Wisconsin. Jessica Wells, UW-Platteville.
  • Factors Influencing Species Richness of Native Pollinators in Southwestern Wisconsin. Alex Harman, UW-Platteville.

11:00-11:30 – Guided Nature Walks & Student Poster Presentations

11:30-12:15 – Catered Lunch

12:15-1:15Keynote Presentation, Mate choice in nature: How it really happens. Dr. Gerlinde Höbel, UW-Milwaukee 

1:15-2:00 Student Poster Presentations

  • The Importance of Environmental Education and Activism in Our Communities. Taylor Stevens, UW-Whitewater.
  • Mechanisms of Legume Symbiosis in Nature: Utilizing Paraburkholderia-Mimosa Interactions in Soil as a Model. Shashini Welmillage, Laura Ketelboeter, Prasad Gyaneshwar, UW-Milwaukee.
  • Characterizing Rhizobial symbiosis with the primitive legume Chamaecrista fasciculata. Zachary Zawada, UW-Milwaukee.
  • Environmental Knowledge and Perceived Personal Environmental Education Teaching Efficacy of Pre-Service Teachers in Wisconsin. Caroline Blake, UW-Stevens Point.
  • Evidence of Endosymbiont Nitrogen Translocation in Corals Under Elevated Temperature and Nutrients. Nicole Price, UW-Whitewater.
  • Anishinaabe Liberties Threatened by a Changing Climate. Julie Dickson, UW-Stevens Point.
  • Pyrite dissolution in a shallow aquifer: A case study of microbially mediated subsurface sulfide oxidation. Lisa Haas, UW-Madison.
  • Deimatic Displays in Grey Tree Frogs. Kira Klinkhardt, UW-Milwaukee.

2:00-3:10 – Student Presentations

  • High frequency plant response to the environment. David DeFilippis, Marquette University. 
  • Fifty shades of grey in treefrogs: Investigating multimodal signals in Hyla versicolor. Olivia Feagles, UW-Milwaukee.
  • Insect phonology: combinatorial signal processing in Enchenopa treehoppers (Hemiptera: Membracidae). Bretta Speck, UW-Milwaukee.
  • Individual patterns of trait prioritization in female tree frogs. Kane Stratman, UW-Milwaukee.
  • Lianas Decrease Biomass Accumulation in Early Successional Tropical Forests. Sergio Estrade-Villegas, Marquette University.

3:10-3:30 – Break

3:30-4:00 – Awards Ceremony

 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:





Jaeger-Mellerop Family Foundation

Anonymous Donors