Student-Faculty Research Teams Present Chemistry Project Results and More at UW System Symposium


At the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh, chemistry students and faculty team up to study a wide range of topics from carbon dioxide and E. coli to manganese and struvite.

Five of those student-mentor pairs are among those from UWO giving presentations at the UW System Symposium for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Friday at UW-Green Bay.

At this annual event, which rotates between campuses in the UW system, undergraduates join their peers from other campuses for the opportunity to share research projects with audiences across the state. Students from all academic disciplines present a wide variety of topics through research poster presentations, oral presentations, gallery exhibitions, and performance art.

“The Department of Chemistry at UW Oshkosh has a long history of providing high-impact undergraduate research experiences,” said Jennifer Mihalick, Chair of the Department of Chemistry.

“Chemistry teachers love to do research, and they share their enthusiasm by encouraging all chemistry majors to try a research project. Students assist their academic advisors by collaborating in the design of experiments, collecting data, and discussing results.

Mihalick said she has found that students who do research gain a new perspective on the topics covered in their courses and improve their communication skills by writing reports, creating posters and giving talks about their projects. of research.

“The research experience helps students choose career paths and also provides an advantage when applying for a job or graduate school,” she said.

Chemistry students and faculty members presenting projects at the symposium include:

  • Becca Amick, a biology, chemistry and Spanish major from Mt. Horeb, with faculty mentor Lauren Waters on The subcellular localization of the small protein MntS in Escherichia Coli.
  • Zac Chambers, a senior from Patoka, Indiana, with faculty mentor Jennifer Christus on Struvite Formation in Simulated Wastewater Using Naturally Abundant Poorly Soluble Magnesium Precursors.
  • Kara Gillette, a senior from Eugene, Oregon, with faculty mentor Sheri Lense on The effect of acid strength on the catalytic conversion of CO2 to value-added chemicals.
  • Grace Robertson, a senior from Appleton with Lense on The influence of the number and positioning of intramolecular acids on carbon dioxide reduction catalysts.
  • Luke Seuffer, senior graduate in dual biology/chemistry, with Waters on Evaluation of the role of Alx, a membrane protein, in Escherichia coli.

In addition, UW Oshkosh students and faculty from a variety of other disciplines participate in the symposium:

  • Raisa Ancheta, a recent biology graduate from Keaau, Hawaii, with faculty mentor Eric Maton on Alpha-amylase activity and hydrolytic enzyme specificity of termite gut bacterial symbiont, isolate JT5.
  • Constance Bougie, an English major from Freedom, with faculty mentor Stewart Cole, the Nothing illicit: asexualities as narrative progress in Elizabeth Bowen’s The Last September.
  • Megan Elger, a young communications student from Hartford, with faculty mentor Kristi Wilkum from the Fond du Lac campus, on Social interaction and media behavior: political engagement of Generation Z.
  • Lauren Henry, an anthropology major from Green Bay, with faculty mentor Jordan Karstan on Using trends in avifauna to assess environmental change in the Eurasian forest-steppe with the expansion of agropastoralism.
  • Megan Rose, a physics/engineering double major from Green Bay, with faculty mentor Nadezhda Kaltcheva on Extra-solar planets from citizen astronomy.
  • Timothy Van Rooy, with mentor professor Barton Pritzl on Stellar populations in the galaxy NGC6822.
  • David Juckem, a sophomore in mechanical engineering from Chilton, and Eric McDaniel, a sophomore in computer science from Appleton, with faculty mentor Warren Vaz of the Fox Valley campus on Using a Raspberry Pi on a Hexacopter drone to visualize air pollution.
  • Collin Durkin, a sophomore in computer science from Appleton, and Griffin Tedlie, a sophomore in electrical engineering from Neenah, with Vaz on UW-Fox Valley Basic Utility Vehicle.

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