Three students, three professors receive research honors

By University Communications
June 11, 2017
Jacob Hildebrand works on a honey bee research project in a UW-Stout microbiology lab. He was named one of three student researchers of the year on campus.

Photo: Jacob Hildebrand works on a honey bee research project in a
UW-Stout microbiology lab. He was named one of three student
researchers of the year on campus.


Three students and three professors have been recognized for their research projects and work during the 2016-17 academic year at University of Wisconsin-Stout.

They received awards during the recent Research Day on campus, which was sponsored by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.

The students, named Outstanding Student Researcher of the Year within their colleges, are:

  • Kylie Gorney, of Three Lakes, psychology, for the College of Education, Hospitality, Health and Human Sciences
  • Jacob Hildebrand, of Menomonie, applied science, for the College of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Management
  • Ryan Leckel, of Shell Lake, applied social science, for the College of Arts, Communication, Humanities and Social Sciences

Gorney, on teaching methods, and Leckel, on agrarianism in the Roman empire, presented their research this spring at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research in Memphis, Tenn. Hildebrand was a co-author of nationally published research on honey bees conducted at UW-Stout.

The professors recognized are:

  • James Burritt, biology, Senior Outstanding Researcher
  • Forrest Schultz, chemistry and physics, Senior Outstanding Researcher
  • Eugen (Andrei) Ghenciu, mathematics and computer science, Junior Outstanding Researcher

Research Day and the STEMM Student Expo this year included approximately 120 research posters involving nearly 300 students, faculty and staff.

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs also publishes the annual Journal of Student Research and StoutQuest magazine, an online publication featuring faculty, staff and student research.

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