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University of Wisconsin-Superior student Kara Tudor made a trip to Eau Claire, Wisconsin this summer but her purpose wasn’t to visit relatives or do some sightseeing along the way, it was to present her academic research at UW-Eau Claire as part of a UW System event focused on research.
Tudor and four other UW-Superior students were at the 7thannual Wisconsin Science & Technology Symposium at the Davies Center. UW-Superior hosted the conference in 2013.
The senior was showcasing her research work that she was supported by Shon Schooler from the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve and along with others from the Minnesota Sea Grant program.
The Rhinelander, Wis. native placed second overall in the student research poster competition. Her project was titled: Where have all the crayfish gone? Change in distribution of invasive and native crayfish in the St. Louis River Estuary over 14 years. Tudor was surprised to find out she finished as runner up in the poster contest because she was impressed with the other student researchers from across the UW System. “I was shocked. I met a lot of brilliant undergraduate students who are working towards being the future of innovation and research in many scientific fields. There were a lot of chemists, physicists, and technologists there.”
Tudor loves her water research work. The rusty crayfish,Orconectes rusticus, originates from the Ohio River Basin and is currently invading lakes and rivers of Northern Wisconsin. It has been found to disrupt aquatic ecosystems; negatively affecting native crayfish, fish, insect, and plant populations. However, few studies have examined their presence and environmental effects in the Lake Superior Basin. Tudor sampled rusty and native crayfish at locations throughout the St. Louis River Estuary, in all her team set 148 traps in July and August 2013.
The environmental studies major is passionate about her subject and was thrilled to showcase it at the conference. “It was an honor, especially as a woman and minority in science (there were a lot of men). I not only love what I do and study, but I love closing the gender gap in scientific fields. I'm very lucky to be where I am today and doing what I enjoy so much, thanks to an undergraduate education I'd never want to take for granted.”
Her topic is one she will continue to follow for years to come. “The Wisconsin Science & Technology Symposium proves that I belong here and that I won't stop trying to succeed in environmental and biological research.”
A total of 36 posters were presented during the competition, including one by UW-Superior students Brentton Paulus and Sam Reiswig, "The Wireless Weather project".
The seventh annual WisconsinScience & Technology Symposium was held on July 21-22, 2014 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in the Davies Center. WSTS 2014 celebrated some of the groundbreaking research occurring throughout the state, and offered attendees the opportunity to connect with some of the brightest minds in Wisconsin.
The keynote speaker was Zach Halmstad who is co-founder and co-ceo at JAMF Software, founded in 2002. He told an exciting story of his time as an Eau Claire native and former music major at UW-Eau Claire, and highlighted the importance of his experiences in the development of his company. In addition to Zach Halmstad, Ray Cross, President of the University of Wisconsin System addressed the group along with James C. Schmidt, Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
WSTS 2014 gave attendees a new perspective on UW System research at the comprehensive campuses, while also facilitating partnerships and connections across campuses and industries.
Summer research and water-- a perfect combination for Karada Tudor at UW-Superior.
She was assisted in her research by:
Authors: Karada D. Tudor, University ofWisconsin-Superior.
Jeffrey L. Gunderson, University of Minnesota Sea GrantProgram.
Douglas A. Jensen, University of Minnesota Sea Grant Program.
Shon S. Schooler, University of Wisconsin-Superior, Lake Superior National EstuarineResearch Reserve.
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