Learn more about STEM careers at freshwater science workshop April 17

Area middle/high school students encouraged to attend
By UW-Sheboygan

Sheboygan area high school students and their families are invited to a special workshop at the University of Wisconsin-Sheboygan Thursday, April 17, 2014, that will showcase recent research in freshwater science and also provide information on careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

The presentation will be held at 4 p.m. in Room 6001, located in the lower level of the Frank G. and Frieda K. Brotz Science Building on the UW-Sheboygan campus. A pizza party dinner and refreshments will be provided to all guests.

The workshop will showcase research conducted by UW-Sheboygan Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Mark Schmitz and Dr. Wayne Schaefer, UW-Washington County Professor of Biology, along with colleagues from UW-Rock County and UW-Milwaukee. Over the past 10 years, the research team has been investigating a novel blue colored walleye in freshwater lakes in Northwest Ontario, Canada. The workshop will share what they have learned about what causes the differences in color between blue and yellow walleye and how this relates to their biology.

Dr. Schmitz and Dr. Schaefer will give an update on their research project on McKim Lake, part of the Papaonga River system in Northwest Ontario.  Researchers will show how blue and yellow walleye differ in their growth rate and morphology.  The most recent and ongoing research investigates diet differences between the color forms, including minnows versus aquatic invertebrates such as mayflies and crayfish.

After the presentation, guests will be invited to enjoy dinner and refreshments and then venture into the UW-Sheboygan Biology Lab to conduct hands-on experiments with walleye samples.

 “I am hopeful that this opportunity to conduct hands-on research in freshwater science can showcase how impactful and interesting a career in the sciences can be,” said Schmitz. “This research project is aimed to engage students in laboratory experiences and remote wilderness research locales in an effort to motivate the exploration of undergraduate studies in STEM fields. We believe that by sharing our research and offering further hands-on exploration with area high school students they, too, can find a passion for a career in science.”

No advance registration for this workshop is necessary. UW-Sheboygan is located conveniently off Taylor Drive on University Drive. Upon entering campus, park in the East parking lot and enter the Brotz Science Building, and proceed down the stairs or elevator to the lower level.

For more information about this event or UW-Sheboygan, please contact Carrie Hoppe, UW-Sheboygan Marketing and Communications Director, at (920) 459-6612 or carrie.hoppe@uwc.edu.



Carrie Hoppe, UW-Sheboygan Marketing and Communications Director