Student research to take center stage at state Capitol

March 7, 2014

Examples of the cutting-edge research accomplished by University of Wisconsin-Stout students will be on display Wednesday, March 12, in the state Capitol.

Nine students will bring eight displays for the annual UW System Posters in the Rotunda event featuring student research from all UW campuses. The students also make visits to legislative offices to explain their research projects.

"This event is a great showcase for the diverse and significant research our students do with their advisers," said Chancellor Charles W. Sorensen. "It is awe-inspiring when you consider the depth of the research that our students and their faculty mentors are able to conduct."

Bao Lee will present her research at Posters in the Rotunda."We know that more and more of the nation's research and development is taking place on university campuses," said UW System President Ray Cross. "This research has the potential to connect with people's lives by curing disease, increasing business productivity and improving the quality of life. The creativity, innovation and ideas that propel academic research are critical to our nation's economic survival and prosperity."

UW-Stout students presenting at Posters in the Rotunda, their projects and advisers are:

  • Brian Rose, of Barron, "Access to Mental Health Care and Resources: The Perspective of Someone Seeking Help in Rural Wisconsin"; Amanda Barnett, human development and family studies
  • Stephanie Hintz, of Chippewa Falls, "Sexual Health and Education: A Mixed Method Study on Sexual Health of Freshmen Females Living in Residence Halls at UW-Stout"; Chris Ferguson, social science
  • Michael Mataczynski, of Menomonie, "Saudi Arabian Students and Cultural Assimilation at UW-Stout"; Nels Paulson, social science
  • Cassandra Beckworth, of Chippewa Falls, "Hidden Faces of Nonstandard Employment: Understanding the Impact of Contingent, Part-Time and Temporary Work on Employees"; Nels Paulson, social science
  • Jason Gass, of Manitowoc, and Eric Bonsness, of Turtle Lake "A Real-Time Monitoring and Analysis System for Evaluating Environmental Exposures"; Wan Bae, mathematics
  • Chris Galetka, of Colfax, "Finances of the Modern Day College Student"; Chris Ferguson, social science
  • Bao Lee, of Schofield, "Adolescent Marriage and Risk of Depression"; Sarah Wynn, McNair Scholars Program
  • William Marringa, of Waupaca, "Honey Bee Immunology"; James Burritt, biology

This is the 11thannual Posters in the Rotunda. About 100 students from the UW System are expected. For more information, go to the website

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