Copies of the journal will be available on Tuesday, May 3, at UW-Stout’s annual Research Day, where more than 100 student projects will be presented. Additional work by School of Art and Design students will be presented at the Senior Show from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 6.
Also, on Friday, April 22, the UW System Symposium for Undergraduate Research will feature research by 16 UW-Stout students.
Student, faculty and staff research and the journal are coordinated through the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. ORSP provides grants, funded by Stout University Foundation, to help students conduct and publish their research and travel to present it.
The university has seen a surge in research interest this academic year after the pandemic.
“UW-Stout values student research and feels these experiences can be nearly limitless, including learning more about their field and discovering their passions within it, with an opportunity to collaborate with faculty mentors as experts, giving back to the community, identifying themselves as scholars and increasing student skills such as communication, leadership and project management,” said Anne Hoeltke, ORSP director.
“Research seeks to advance the existing body of knowledge in virtually all disciplines, and UW-Stout is proud through the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs to promote these opportunities,” she added.
Will Pomeranke, of Conrath, who graduated in December in applied science, appreciated the opportunity to do research. His project, “Understanding the Effects of High Temperature Stress and Weathering on Concrete Strength,” was chosen for the Journal of Student Research.
“I have benefited as a person through gaining knowledge related to both the research experience as a whole as well as the materials I researched. It means a lot to me because it is tangible evidence of the skills I have developed and the knowledge I have provided to others,” said Pomeranke, who plans to further his education in graduate school.
He was featured in a video discussing the applied science program.
Pomeranke’s adviser was Professor Matthew Ray, chemistry and physics department. He has advised and worked collaboratively on research projects with two to six students a year for the past 12 years, he said.
“I enjoy being able to expand upon the basic concepts that we discuss in lecture and lab classes to go much deeper into the synthesis and testing of new materials, or development of simplified methods to prepare existing materials,” Ray said.
“Many of my research students pursue postgraduate degrees and are able to leverage and apply the experience gained through research while continuing their education. Most go directly into industrial positions where they utilize their research skills as they embark on their career. I greatly enjoy seeing my students succeed after graduation; it’s like seeing the investment finally pay dividends,” Ray said.