The School of Freshwater Sciences at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee will establish an Aquatic Research Experience for Undergraduates as part of a partnership among five UW campuses being created to address regional workforce needs for highly trained professionals in the water industry.
The partnership was announced in Washington, D.C., on June 11, along with several similar regional partnerships being promoted by the Business Higher Education Forum’s STEM Higher Education and Workforce Project.
UWM Chancellor Michael Lovell joined UW System President Kevin Reilly in Washington for Monday’s announcement.
Water research and technology has been identified as a key strategic priority for economic development in Wisconsin. Work in this area will help fulfill the three intertwined goals of the UW System’s Growth Agenda. Each of the university partners will contribute a distinct strength to the creation of new student pipelines for the water sciences.
Among the other UW campus initiatives:
- UW-Madison’s Sea Grant Institute and its Center for Limnology, as two examples among many units focusing on water, will promote STEM activities through promotion of Great Lakes and ocean sciences at the K-12 and undergraduate levels.
- UW-Stevens Point is committed to expanding enrollment of STEM students who will have enhanced access to the Central Wisconsin Environmental Station, a Water and Environmental Analysis Laboratory, the Wisconsin Institute for Sustainable Technology Laboratory and a state-of-the-art Paper Laboratory.
- UW-Superior ’s PEP program will involve a comprehensive freshman-to-senior-year experience centered at the Lake Superior Research Institute and the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve, and will offer a water-focused STEM curriculum sequence that includes discovery-based skills-development and hands-on research activities in freshwater conservation and water quality.
UW-Whitewater is also expected to participate in the future.
More details are available on page 17 of the BHEF’s Regional Workforce Projects Booklet (PDF).