HONORS SYMPOSIUM HIGHLIGHTS STUDENT RESEARCH
Six different undergraduate students will present and take questions about their research findings at the Fall Undergraduate Research / Honors Symposium Tuesday December 11 from 5:30-7pm in the Rodems Room on the UW-Platteville Baraboo Sauk County campus. This public event will showcase stimulating research in a variety of disciplines from across the campus.
Student presenters and topics include:
Estimating Genetic Contribution to Milk Production in Goats
“My family runs a three-generation dairy goat farm. I am interested in improving our milk production from our herd of 230 goats. In order to do this, I wanted to estimate the heritability (genetic contribution) of milk yield in our herd. I will use these results to guide future breeding efforts.”
Presenter: Esther Considine
Advisor: Professor Noah Anderson, Biology
“Without a good system for determining what characteristics are found within friendship, it would be impossible to distinguish a friendship of virtue over a friendship of utility or pleasure. Therefore, I will be clarifying the classical Greek idea that there are many forms of friendship, and instead argue that friendship is a place-holder term for a spectrum of friendly manifestations”
Presenter: Timothy Sveum
Advisor: Professor Dale Murray, Philosophy
Milk Prices and Dairy Farmers in Wisconsin
“A quantitative study on current dairy farmer crises, due to low milk prices and over- production, in Wisconsin. Consumer surveys uncover milk consumption trends among consumers while farmer interviews identify coping strategies of dairy farmers. The research also provides policy recommendations to mitigate the crises.”
Presenters: Tarek Horkan, Abbey Buelow, and Kiara Willger
Advisor: Associate Professor Musa Ayar, Business and Economics
Prairie Grass Diversity in Sauk County: Quantification of Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium) Genetic Diversity by Microsatellite Analysis.
“This project involved measuring the genetic diversity of local plant species. Sauk County is home to some prairie remnants that could be used to provide seed stock for local restoration efforts. We collected Little Blue Stem leaf samples and quantified genetic differences between individuals. Using seed from remnants with high genetic diversity will help new prairies flourish.”
Presenters: Danielle Baker and Emma Kozel
Advisor: Assistant Professor David Olson, Biology
The Benefits of Student Internships
Through reporting on her own experience with MSA Professional Services, learn about the benefits of internships to students, and employers, including:
Hard skills - introduction to business software systems as well as reporting on government labor management and tracking forms, therefore compliance
Soft skills - the importance of concise and clear communication to clients of the firm, internal team members, and local stakeholders; confidentiality relating to funding and prevailing wages; time management, and working independently.
Presenter: Janna Saiia
Advisor: Sandra Snow, Instructional Academic Staff, Business and Economics
Water Quality in the Little Baraboo River
“Contamination levels were monitored at six river sites throughout the growing season, and compared with watershed geography and agricultural practices. The goal is to help develop a long range Sauk County plan for improving water quality by working with farmers to reduce runoff and contamination levels in surface waters.”
Presenter: Paul Arellano – Wisconsin Water Research fellow
Advisor: Assistant Professor Stephen Swallen, Chemistry
The symposium program is coordinated by Professor Kirthi Premadasa of the Mathematics Department. Competitively selected presenters will participate in further public events featuring students from across the UW System, and may also be submitted to peer-reviewed journals.
For more information, or to interview any of the presenters before or after the symposium, contact John Christensen, Campus Communications Manager at 608-355-5365 or firstname.lastname@example.org.