Never too young for research at UWM

Chadd Lane (left) and Jerome Scott worked in the Hand Rehabilitation Lab with faculty mentor Na Jin Seo (right), assistant professor of industrial engineering. (Photo by Alan Magayne-Roshak.)

Watch students and faculty discuss some of the undergradute research being conducted at UWM.

Interested in bacteria on the beaches? Facebook privacy issues? Marine robots? Muslim Milwaukee? Hand rehabilitation? Putting on a play?

These are among the topics that UWM undergraduate researchers – even incoming first-year students – have delved into recently.

The university’s Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) offers students a chance to do hands-on research in their early years of college. The office matches students with faculty members whose research projects align with their academic interests, and they can contribute to that research. Sometimes immediately.

Wes Bassindale (left) worked with Tom Consi, assistant professor in the School of Freshwater Sciences and the College of Engineering & Applied Science, on marine robot research. (Photo by Alan Magayne-Roshak.)

In addition to learning the ins and outs of research, the students can earn academic credit. Some find paid research opportunities with their mentors, and many even get a chance to travel to conferences to present their work.

Most of all, students get a chance to explore a field that interests them, under the guidance of faculty members.

For more information on undergraduate research opportunities:

Here’s what UWM undergraduate researchers have to say about their experiences: