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Investing in Teaching with Undergraduate Research

Photo of the chemistry labUndergraduate research is a touchstone of the academic experience at UW-L. It is a powerful, hands-on teaching and learning experience that can also contribute solutions to pressing problems in our region and beyond. Students as early as their freshman year work side by side with faculty on original projects in the classroom,  laboratory,  studio or on stage engaged in meaningful research.

Examples include Lee Wienkes working with professor John Colton to find materials with desirable properties for computer architecture.  Or Heidi Kieler, working with professor Rob McGaff in the area of drug discovery and development. For these students and many others who share their ambition, participation in research develops problem solving skills, stimulates creative and critical thinking, fosters accountability and responsibility, and advances new discoveries.

Funding priorities in support of this research-teaching agenda include substantially increasing start-up grants for new projects and equipment for new faculty, particularly in the basic sciences such as biology, physics and chemistry. In addition, we must continue to invest in our research infrastructure, creating and equipping facilities that will support research at all levels and make UW-L a more attractive destination for students and faculty.

For our students, research is a means to discover something about their world but, more importantly, to discover something about themselves.