On Wednesday, April 12, 2017, UW-Sheboygan students presented their undergraduate research at the 14th Annual University of Wisconsin System Research in the Rotunda event in Madison. Each year, Research in the Rotunda showcases the exciting research taking place by students across the state and helps this important research that impacts the state’s economic future. The students shared their research with legislators, state leaders and other supporters.
UW-Sheboygan’s team members are: Robert Aliosi, Sheboygan Falls; Ian Fahres, Sheboygan; Robert Grady, Cleveland; Stephen Heling, Sheboygan; Joshua Janezick, Plymouth; Ryan Kisiolek, Sheboygan; Sara Kroneck, Sheboygan Falls; and Martha Steffen, Sheboygan. Representing the team in Madison were Aliosi and Kisiolek, who presented their research relating to RockSat-C, a program that involves building payloads to be launched on a sounding rocket. Their project will send E. coli DNA samples into space, half-shielded and half-unshielded, to measure the radiation exposure and assess the samples for DNA damage upon their return. Faculty advisors are Guy Campbell and Dr. William Direnzio, both from UW-Sheboygan’s CSEPA (Computer Science, Engineering, Physics, Astronomy) Department, along with Stephanie Evenson, Senior Lecturer in Biological Sciences. This summer, some team members will continue their research project, when they travel to NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia to launch the rocket and complete the experiment.
Cathy Sandeen, Chancellor of UW Colleges and Extension, noted the importance of undergraduate research, stating, “Not only does this activity encourage greater student engagement and persistence, but it helps us shape the innovators of tomorrow for the state of Wisconsin.”
UW-Sheboygan prepare students of all ages and backgrounds for baccalaureate and professional programs, by providing freshman and sophomore level college classes in over 250 majors. With small class sizes and personal attention from dedicated faculty, students receive a quality education at the most affordable tuition in the UW System. For more information about Research in the Rotunda, visit http://www.wisconsin.edu/research-in-the-rotunda. For more information about UW-Sheboygan, visit sheboygan.uwc.edu