Five University of Wisconsin-Superior students took part in the Wisconsin Science and Technology Symposium on July 30-31 at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

This two-day event is the year's signature networking opportunity for University of Wisconsin researchers, students and industry professionals.

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The symposium provides the opportunity for critical networking and formation of partnerships to encourage interdisciplinary research and help further innovative ideas in Wisconsin.

UWS student Xuan Zhu, who is mentored by professor Steve Rosenberg, won the Innovation Award, receiving a prize of $250. Her summer undergraduate research fellowship project focused on the UWS residence hall mail handling system.

Three students presented posters of their research at the event.

Elizabeth Kolanczyk and Jordyn Nepper presented their work with zebrafish in assistant professor Jenean O'Brien's lab, which is researching a form of pediatric cancer. Their poster was titled "Examining the Role of Six1-Eya Transcriptional Regulators in Muscle Development."

Chia-An Lin presented a poster titled "Microplastics: Environmental Forensics" about her SURF project on microplastics in fish working with associate professor Lorena Rios Mendoza.

Student poster presenters at the symposium gain valuable statewide exposure for their research. It is historically attended by more than 200 UW System faculty, administrators, business leaders and community members.

Sydney Kloster represented UWS in the "Quick Pitch" state final as one of the winners from the campus event. She spoke on "Nonfiction, Narratives, and Negotiation: A Study and Creative Exercise in Post-Conflict Creative Non-Fiction Narratives in Northern Ireland."

The WiSys Quick Pitch competition aims to encourage innovative and entrepreneurial thinking at UW comprehensive campuses by inspiring students to consider the impact of the research they are currently undertaking or other innovative ideas they may have and how such ideas could ultimately benefit the local economy or society.

This is the first time UW-Superior has been represented in the competition.