UW-WC Students Present Research in State Capitol

14th Annual event showcases work of UW Undergraduates
By UW-Washington County
students present research
Research in the Rotunda
L to R: Prof. Ekunsanmi, Katelyn Marohl, Rep. Knodl and Justin Nolan

Mold spores from West Bend homes traveled to Madison on Wednesday, April 12, 2017.

UW-Washington County students, Katelyn Marohl of West Bend and Justin Nolan of Germantown who collected the spores for a research project, presented their findings at the 14th annual Research in the Rotunda at the state capitol. The two students shared their research with legislators, state leaders and other supporters. Each year, Research in the Rotunda showcases the exciting research taking place by students across the state and helps this important research that impacts the state’s economic future. 

For their project, the students utilized two methods to determine quality and quantity of the spores.  Next, they grew the mold spores in the lab and counted and identified species as well as compared data across various rooms in each home. Their faculty advisor is Dr. Toye Ekunsanmi, Professor of Biological Sciences at UW-WC.

Cathy Sandeen, Chancellor of UW Colleges and Extension, noted the importance of undergraduate research, stating, “Not only does this activity encourage greater student engagement and persistence, but it helps us shape the innovators of tomorrow for the state of Wisconsin.”

UW-WC prepare students of all ages and backgrounds for baccalaureate and professional programs, by providing freshman and sophomore level college classes in over 250 majors. With small class sizes and personal attention from dedicated faculty, students receive a quality education at the most affordable tuition in the UW System.  For more information about Research in the Rotunda, visit  http://www.wisconsin.edu/research-in-the-rotunda. For more information about the UW Colleges, visit http://www.uwc.edu   


Sue Bausch, Regional Director of Communications