Jacques makes Research Day presentation

WHITEWATER, Wis., – Months of research in science laboratories, dance studios, classrooms and libraries were on display as the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater celebrated spring Undergraduate Research Day. The event was held on March 13 in the University Center Hamilton Room as a showcase for 120 college students who conducted research projects over the last year.

Ryan Jacques, a junior biology major from Escanaba, presented “Use of Snow Tracking Surveys to Compare Gray Wolf (Canis Lupus) and Coyote (Canis Latrans) Population Densities in Northern Wisconsin.” Jacques researched the territorial interactions between gray wolves and coyotes in Wisconsin.

“The breadth and depth of research being done here is very exciting,” said Catherine Chan, associate professor of biological sciences and director of the program. “Students take ownership of these projects and are mentored by dedicated faculty members who are passionate about their field.”

“Many of the students received thousands of dollars in grants to conduct their research,” said Samantha Samreth, director of the McNair Scholars Program. “The money helps pay for project expenses including books, consumables, equipment and travel to conferences.”

One of the most prestigious is the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, which screens submissions and only accepts worthy applicants.

UW-Whitewater sends dozens of students to that event each year. Seventy-seven UW-Whitewater students, representing 2.3 percent of all invitees nationwide, will be at this year’s event in La Crosse on April 11-13.