August 15, 2019

Students present research at Wisconsin Science and Technology Symposium

First row L to R: Opeyemi Omiwale; Daniela Leon Vargas; Julie O'Leary, UWS URSCA director; second row: Naum Kuzmanovsky; Jounglag Li; Sam Waylee; Ray French, WiSys; third row: Jerad DeVries, UWS math lecturer; Dayeong Lim; Sergei Bezroukov, UWS math professor.

First row L to R: Opeyemi Omiwale; Daniela Leon Vargas; Julie O'Leary, UWS URSCA director; second row: Naum Kuzmanovsky; Jounglag Li; Sam Waylee; Ray French, WiSys; third row: Jerad DeVries, UWS math lecturer; Dayeong Lim; Sergei Bezroukov, UWS math professor.

As the summer winds down, many UW-Superior students are completing internships, finishing research projects, and winding up service learning opportunities. Recently, six of those students had the invaluable opportunity to attend the Wisconsin Science and Technology Symposium at UW-Stout, with three presenting their research.

Biology student, Daniela Leon Vargas, presented a research poster on microplastics pollution in Newton Creek and the St. Louis River Estuary, and mathematics student, Jounglag Lim, presented a research poster titled, “New Families of Vertex Isoperimetric Graphs.” Economics major, Opeyemi Omiwale represented UWS in the Quick Pitch finals, a competition aimed at helping students hone their presentation and communication skills. 

“The students got to rub elbows with faculty and hear about their work, while competing with their peers,” said Julie O'Leary, UWS Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity (URSCA) program director. “Over the years, this event has become less about presenting a poster and more about sharing ideas for products and emerging areas of research.”

In addition to the students, Dr. Sergei Bezroukov, mathematics and computer science professor, presented his original research at the conference.

UWS sends students to the conference each year to present their research and learn from peers and faculty from throughout the UW-System.

First row L to R: Opeyemi Omiwale; Daniela Leon Vargas; Julie O'Leary, UWS URSCA director; second row: Naum Kuzmanovsky; Jounglag Li; Sam Waylee; Ray French, WiSys; third row: Jerad DeVries, UWS math lecturer; Dayeong Lim; Sergei Bezroukov, UWS math professor.

First row L to R: Opeyemi Omiwale; Daniela Leon Vargas; Julie O'Leary, UWS URSCA director; second row: Naum Kuzmanovsky; Jounglag Li; Sam Waylee; Ray French, WiSys; third row: Jerad DeVries, UWS math lecturer; Dayeong Lim; Sergei Bezroukov, UWS math professor.

One of the hallmarks for a UW-Superior education is vast opportunities for undergraduate research, Academic Service-Learning and field experience. The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship program provides a unique opportunity for undergraduate students to spend the summer working on a research or scholarly project or creative activity with the support of a faculty or staff mentor. Students submit proposals and successful applicants receive a stipend to support them while they complete their project during a 10-week period in the summer.

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