Student and Faculty Research

UW-Superior faculty have proven their merit long before they stepped foot on campus, but they're not content to rest on their past accomplishments. Our faculty continue to perform extensive research in a variety of fields. Not only does this help our faculty members continue to grow and develop their knowledge, their information gets passed on to our students. Here are just a few examples of how UW-Superior faculty research is benefiting the campus community.

Plastics, chemistry and the Great Lakes

Dr. Lorena Rios Mendoza is making a differenceDr. Lorena Rios Mendoza is making a difference - one small plastic particle at a time. The UW-Superior chemistry professor is part of a unique group of researchers who find and study small plastic particles that can be found in the waters of the Great Lakes. These small microbeads are making a far greater impact than their size; they're moving legislation throughout the Great Lakes area and have additionally attracted legislative attention in a number of states and even internationally. Professor Mendoza, along with her colleagues and student researchers, are producing innovative results on the topic of plastics and microbeads in waters such as the Great Lakes and the oceans. Not only has the public taken notice but state lawmakers around the country have as well.

Faculty mentor: post-war reconstruction research

Dr. Maria Cuzzo helped mentor Randy J. BenderDr. Maria Cuzzo helped mentor Randy J. Bender, a UW-Superior legal studies major on his completion of a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF). Bender, a junior, did an extensive research project entitled "Japan and the United States: A Constitutional Case Study."

Bender explored the post-World War II process that occurred in Japan as General MacArthur and his team of diplomats reconstructed the defeated world power and created a new U.S.-influenced constitution and government system. Dr. Cuzzo and Bender worked together weekly and throughout the summer on the project.

Keeping research alive

A research project that was very near and dear to Dr. Donald DavidsonA research project that was very near and dear to Dr. Donald Davidson is being kept alive by friends, family and colleagues. Professor Davidson was a fixture on the UW-Superior campus for more than 40 years before he retired. After he passed away in 2014, the Dr. Donald W. Davidson Memorial Fund was created to help complete and re-visit a forest inventory and assessment study started by Dr. Davidson during the summers of 1968-1969 of the famous Brule River Watershed.

At that time, Dr. Davidson was repeating a plant survey accomplished by another UW-Superior faculty member, Dr. John W. Thomson Jr. in 1942-1944. Dr. Davidson's data and papers on this early project were only recently re-discovered. A three-year project is planned to complete a reassessment of the Brule River watershed spanning 160 years (1856-2018).

The goal of this portion of the fund is to raise money that will be used to conduct this comprehensive analysis of the Brule River watershed vegetation throughout three years (2015-2018) and document vegetative changes in the past 160 years.