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STEM Student Project Expo to feature work by 300 students

May 2, 2012

Approximately 300 University of Wisconsin-Stout students will be making the most of their last day of spring semester classes.

They are scheduled to present science and engineering projects from 1-4 p.m. Tuesday during the first STEM Student Project Expo in the Great Hall of the Memorial Student Center.

Wednesday, May 9, is a study day. Final exams begin Thursday, May 10. Commencement is Saturday, May 12.

The STEM Student Project Expo, free and open to the public, is sponsored by the College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. It will be similar to the annual Research Day held last month on campus but will focus on short-term class and research projects.

A total of 80 projects will include poster and prototype displays and demonstrations by undergraduate and graduate students from 20 classes.

“This gives students a bigger audience, a chance to present to the community as a whole and practice some of the other skills they have been learning, such as communication skills,” said John Kirk, an assistant professor of chemistry who is helping organize the event with Research Services and other professors.

Twenty students from Kirk’s Instrumentation Methods of Analysis course will present 10 research projects. Examples of other projects include:

•   Illustrated Novels, from Human Biology led by Assistant Professor Jennifer Grant

•   Human Impact on Invasive Species at the Ice Age Trail, from Ecology Laboratory led by Assistant Professor Amanda Little

•   Several projects on cyanobacteria and phosphorous in Lake Menomin, led by Professor Steve Nold

•   Package Development projects that recently won national awards, led by Assistant Professor Robert Meisner.

“By holding this at the end of the semester, it enables faculty to make full use of their time and incorporate research in the classroom,” Kirk said.

During the expo, at 2 p.m., 10 students will receive the first STEM College Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award.

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