UW-Baraboo/Sauk County Students Exhibit Research at the Capitol


Three University of Wisconsin-Baraboo/Sauk County students were among 150 UW System undergraduates from across the state who shared the results of their research projects at the 10th annual Posters in the Rotunda event on Wednesday, April 17.

“These posters represent our undergraduate research and demonstrate how students can apply their studies to specific research questions and applications," said Tom Pleger, UW-BSC CEO/dean.

As part of the event, posters summarizing the research projects and their results were on display in the Capitol rotunda. The students and their faculty advisors were on hand to discuss the research with legislators and other state leaders.

The UW-BSC posters included:

  • Redevelopment of Character Identity within Shakespeare’s Plays Using Psychological Theories of Post-traumatic Stress and Post-traumatic Growth.
    Researcher: Lisa Smith, Montello
    Faculty advisor: Frances Auld, assistant professor of English
  • The Influence of Water Depth on and Description of Metamorphosis in Neotenic Tiger Salamanders Ambystomatigrinum
    Researcher: Tara Juresh, Kendall 

    Faculty advisor: Noah Anderson, assistant professor of biological sciences
  • Transcendentalism’s Eastern Roots: India’s Impact on the American Identity

    Researcher: Nicole Bieno, Portage
Faculty advisor: Marc Seals, associate professor of English

“I am excited that UW-Baraboo/Sauk County students had such a strong showing at the event,” said Marc Seals, UW-BSC Associate Professor of English and Honors Program Coordinator. “Their posters clearly demonstrate the value of a liberal arts education, representing significant student research in literature, psychology, history, philosophy, and biology.”

Posters in the Rotunda is the annual celebration of undergraduate research that gives legislators and the public a chance to see research results and learn about the research process. The event is sponsored by UW System.

“This event is a wonderful opportunity to learn about the exciting research going on throughout the state, and to support Wisconsin students and faculty members who contribute to the state's strong economic future,” said Kevin P. Reilly, president of the UW System. “We are delighted to showcase the innovative undergraduate research going on across the UW System and strengthen our commitment to making undergraduate research a top priority.”

More information on Posters in the Rotunda, including a list of all participating students and their research projects, is available at www.wisconsin.edu/posters.

UW-Baraboo/Sauk County is a campus of the UW Colleges, an institution of the UW System comprised of 13 freshman-sophomore campuses and UW Colleges Online that offer an associate degree in arts and science and a single Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree, and prepare students of all ages and backgrounds for baccalaureate and professional programs.


Nicole Thompson