Research In the Rotunda

On April 12th, 2017, 125 students and 50 faculty members from all across the state of Wisconsin gathered at the Capitol building in Madison to showcase their various research projects in the 14th annual Research in the Rotunda. Students from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater once again got to take part in this exciting event, alongside students from 26 other UW-System Schools, including but not limited to La Crosse, Oshkosh, Milwaukee, Stevens Point, Parkside, and Rock County.

Various state legislators attended to show their support for the young minds in the research community. Among them was Representative Peter Barca, who got to take part in an educational game, the product of a research project conducted by UWW student Katherine Stull and faculty mentor Nick Hwang.

Other UW-W students who showcased their research at the Capitol include Alex Griffith, Brent Zey, Antwanette Bounds, Kiandra Davis, David Sackett, and Jessenia Zavala. The students got a chance to meet with local legislators and demonstrate that Undergraduate Researchers are capable of amazing results.

The research showcased at this event contributes to the UW-System’s reputation as a national leader in Undergraduate Research. Students and mentors throughout the state continue to pursue interesting and important projects, creating an even brighter future for academics and research in the UW-System.

Photos of this event can be found in a gallery on the UW-System Website:

If you or anyone you know is interested in Undergraduate Research, feel free to email us at , or stop by our program office in Andersen Library.

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Calling all Researchers!

Are you interested in sharing your research in our URP blog? If so, take a look at our story intake forms! The forms feature basic questions about your research. These questions/answers will then be converted into a story to be posted on the blog. If you are looking to spread the word about your research or just show off what you have accomplished, fill out a form and send it to us at

General Grant Story Intake Form

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We hope to see some interesting submissions!

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Tina Slack Receives Competitive Internship Position

The Undergraduate Research Program would like to recognize and congratulate Christina Slack for her recent acceptance into the competitive Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program (NREIP).  Last year, only 590 students were chosen to participate in this program.


NREIP is a ten-week program that places its interns in a Navy Laboratory over the summer. Under the guidance of a research mentor, interns will have the opportunity to participate in research. Participants will receive a research stipend to be used towards their research efforts.

According to NREIP’s website, ” The goals of NREIP are to encourage participating students to pursue science and engineering careers, to further education via mentoring by laboratory personnel and their participation in research, and to make them aware of DoN (Department of the Navy) research and technology efforts, which can lead to employment within the DoN.”

NREIP selects its interns based on academic achievement, personal statements and recommendations, and, of course, research interests.


Tina Slack, a current SURF (Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship) recipient, was recently selected to participate in this internship. Tina is interested in pursuing research as a career, and her selection for this internship will open many doors for the future.

“Receiving this internship allows me to be one step closer to my dream job. I would love to work in the government as a research scientist. This internship gives me the chance to explore the government research world and get my foot in the door, so to speak.” (Tina Slack)

Although internships like NREIP may seem impossible and far off, Tina believes it is always worth it to apply and open yourself up to opportunities.

 “You should never count yourself out for any opportunity. The internship I applied for seemed like such a far reach for me, and the acceptance rate is completely dependent on the lab’s research needs. It was a long shot, but it worked out. Always apply for everything that you are interested in.”

Tina already has plans for the research she will be conducting over the 10-week period.

“During the internship, I will be working with synthesis and characterization of micron organic/metal materials, along with a project involving wet chemistry and nanocrystal synthesis and characterization.”

Tina is currently conducting her own research here at UWW, with Dr. Steven Girard of the UW-Whitewater Chemistry Department.

“I have conducted silicide nanoparticle research with Dr. Girard beginning my second semester of my freshman year. The nanoparticles are useful in thermoelectric materials, which are materials that can convert heat into electricity.”

She and her mentor are working to gain a better understanding of the process of synthesis as it relates to their research.

“There have been many challenges in our research project. We do not have a full understanding of the chemistry behind the process of synthesis, creating lots of questions that need to be answered. We are currently in the process of answering all of these questions to the best of our ability. Some are answered successfully while others seem to create more questions, but we learn something from every experiment.”

As the academic year comes to a close, Tina plans to finish up her work with Dr. Girard.

“I am still conducting research on the silicide nanoparticle project, however it is coming to a close. The last piece of the project will be to test our material for thermoelectric properties. I will also be writing a manuscript of the work to hopefully be published in a scientific journal.”

Once again, the Undergraduate Research Program would like to congratulate Tina Slack on the terrific accomplishment of receiving this competitive internship position. For those of you interested in research, please visit us in our Andersen Library office, or head to

“I would love to extend my gratitude to the Undergraduate Research Program. They have supported me every step of the way throughout my research career. Without their support, I would not be where I am today!”

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