October 18, 2018

Students present their research findings at the Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium

Students shared their poster presentations in the Swenson Hall atrium.

Students shared their poster presentations in the Swenson Hall atrium.

Twenty-one students who participated in the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship presented an impressive array of original research through poster and oral presentations.

The Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium was held at Swenson Hall on the UW-Superior campus on Thursday, October 18. The event showcased the research projects of 21 students who participated in the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program. Students presented their work through poster and oral presentations.

The SURF 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 ten-week period in the summer.

Student research projects covered a wide array of disciplines and were an impressive display of the high-level of academic exploration and research initiatives available to undergraduate students at UWS.

Topics ranged from the research and development of a software system for mail distribution at the UWS residence halls; a study of the retail industry outlook for the City of Superior, which will be presented soon to the Superior Mayor and City Council; a study of past, present, and future of the musical instrument, the marimba; the effect of water recreation as a deterrent for Canadian Geese in wild rice bays; the impact of community support in the lives of Latino immigrants in the Twin Ports; and much more.

The SURF program, which is now in its seventh year, is made possible by the generous support of Jim and Sue Swenson and the UW-Superior Foundation. To date, 90 students have participated in the program, 61 mentors, and 88 projects representing all areas of study at UWS have been completed.

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