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Student researcher earns seat at state event

While hundreds of Blugolds gained experience by sharing their research during the annual Student Research Day this spring, one student also earned an opportunity to present his work to a statewide audience.

For the first time, a WiSys Quick Pitch competition was part of the university’s annual Celebration of Excellence in Research and Creative Activity.

Drake Bortolameolli, a junior geography major from Appleton, earned top honors at the competition. His project is titled, “Measuring Industrial Waste in Rib Lake Using Ground Penetrating Radar.”

As the winner, Bortolameolli will present alongside UW researchers during a special up-and-coming innovators session at the 8th annual Wisconsin Science & Technology Symposium, which will be held July 27-28 in River Falls.

The quick pitch competition had students sharing their research in a different way because each student had just three minutes to give an “elevator pitch” about their research, said Dr. Karen Havholm, assistant vice chancellor for research and director of the Center of Excellence for Faculty/Staff Research Collaboration.

“Our students are working with faculty mentors on research topics that have local to global implications, Havholm said. “They already have opportunities to present the results of their projects at professional conferences and in scholarly publications. This competition gives our top student researchers yet another chance to share their work in a more focused manner and further hone their presentation and communication skills, as well as network with professionals with ties to Wisconsin’s science and technology fields and industries.”

UW-Eau Claire partnered with WiSys Technology Foundation to offer UW-Eau Claire students this new opportunity.