UW System President Ray Cross studies research presented by UWM student Izabelle Villafuerte at the 11th annual UWM Undergraduate Research Symposium on Friday. Villafuerte’s research focuses on how to better present public health information about water quality. (UWM Photo/Elora Hennessey)
Engineering student Adedamola Adeniyi speaks about his research on illumination design to diagnose and treat autism spectrum disorder. (UWM Photo/Elora Hennessey)
Kim Phan explains her research on the impact of the CenteringPregnancy model of prenatal care. (UWM Photo/Elora Hennessey)
Nia Keranova (left) and Isaac Repinski present their work in the Union Cinema on the comprehensive analysis of fingerstyle guitarists at the 1969 and 1970 Ann Arbor Blues festivals. (UWM Photo/Elora Hennessey)
Art Education student Natalie Krug shows her research project “Virtual Classroom Prototype." The illustrations and designs Natalie creates become a virtual world for students, like the ones she works with in the classroom, and gives them a whole new space to play in. (UWM Photo/Elora Hennessey)
Dominique Wilkerson speaks on her research "Our Mother’s Gardens and Tables: Transculturation, Food Cultures and Migration in the Making of Black Milwaukee." (UWM Photo/Elora Hennessey)
School of Architecture and Urban Planning student Maysam Abdeljaber shows her research "Picturing Milwaukee: Taking Back our Worlds Project.” Abdeljaber focuses on how displaced communities adapt to Milwaukee neighborhoods, as well as what values they bring to make their new space feel like home. (UWM Photo/Elora Hennessey)
Loretha Jack (left) and Diana Sofia Rivera (right) embrace and pose with Carmen Aguilar-Diaz, associate scientist at the School of Freshwater Sciences. (UWM Photo/Elora Hennessey)
Chancellor Mark Mone rejoices in UWM once again being a “R1” university, a designation given to the country’s top research institutions. He also praises the students’ efforts and findings from their research, and emphasized that it wouldn’t be possible without UWM's hardworking faculty and staff. (UWM Photo/Elora Hennessey)
Jennifer Gutzman, assistant professor and mentor from Biological Sciences, gets congratulated by her research team after winning Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year. Nigel Rothfels, director of the Office of Undergraduate Research, cheers for the team at the podium. (UWM Photo/Elora Hennessey)
UWM celebrated its status as an “R1” university, a designation given to the country’s top research institutions, on Friday at an event highlighting one aspect of the university’s research prowess, the UWM Undergraduate Research Symposium.
Held each year, the symposium showcases the research collaborations of UWM undergraduate students with faculty and staff through presentations of their findings. UW System President Ray Cross and UWM Chancellor Mark Mone attended this year to help celebrate.
“The symposium celebrates the contributions of undergraduates to these important research agendas, and the collaborative spirit of research itself,” said Kyla Esguerra, associate director of the Office of Undergraduate Research.