Student Research Poster Competition

This is the highlight of our year. Presenting findings from our research underscores the distinctive opportunities here as one of the nation’s top research universities. 

Sponsors – We are grateful for your contributions! With your show of support, we were able increase student awards in graduate and undergraduate categories to:

  • 1st Place:  $1,250
  • 2nd Place:     750
  • 3rd Place:      500


Everyone wins! Participation is voluntary. The process encourages research, develops important communication skills and allows hands-on learning by discussing research with professionals. Look at these titles to see the impressive range of real-world problems our students are taking on:

  • Motion control of robotic prosthetics with skin surface EMG signals
  • Bacteria-Detecting Water Sensor
  • UWM Field Station Automated Frog Species Identification Computer Program
  • Absorbent Glass Matt Batteries
  • Designing a devise to collect bicycle tire mechanical property data for validation of Rotta’s 2D model

Student Participants – Be sure to wear your t-shirt on March 27. Contact Wendy Pero if you haven’t already picked yours up.

Prospective judges97 professionals have stepped up to judge. With a record number of entries, we need 23 more judges. Register here.

New this year! Mike Krauski Memorial Award

This year’s competition will be bitter sweet. While records are being set, we will miss our dear friend and colleague, Mike Krauski, who was a visible presence at past annual events. Mike lost his battle with cancer in October. 

This year, we will inaugurate a “Mike Krauski Memorial Award,” an additional cash prize to one student. As we remember Mike, the inaugural awards program is sure to offer a bit of inspiration to students and to each of us as judges, industry partners, alumni and friends – true UW-Milwaukee Engineers.

April 8 Agenda – Here’s how the day looks:

  • 8:30:    Check-in, EMS Lobby
  • 9:00:    General judge orientation, Room 190
  • 9:30:    Round 1 judging, 2nd & 3rd floors
  • 10:30:  Networking – students and judges
  • 10:50:  Krauski Award judges meet E175
  • 11:00   Round 2 judging, Room 175
  • 11:10:  Private interviews for Krauski Award
  • 12:00   Lunch & networking
  • 12:30   Awards Program
  • 2:00     Wrap-up / closing comments

Please contact Wendy Pero for more information (

For a taste of what’s ahead on April 8, check out last year’s competition video below.