Undergraduate Research

Seven Rivers Undergraduate Research Symposium

Friday, November 6, 2015
Viterbo University, La Crosse, Wisconsin

You are invited to join us for this fall's annual Seven Rivers Undergraduate Research Symposium.  Each year, several hundred people from the tri-state area convene on the Viterbo University campus to see and experience undergraduate student research and creative works from a variety of disciplines. Undergraduate students from institutions throughout the Midwest are invited to share their work via research poster, artistic display, or oral presentation.  Scholarly work from all academic disciplines are welcome. There is no cost to attend the symposium, though presenters and attendees are required to register via the online registration form below.  Please note: presenters will be asked to submit an abstract 300 words in length or shorter as part of their registration. If you have questions, please feel free to email Kirsten Gabriel at sevenrivers@viterbo.edu. We look forward to seeing you on November 6th!

All Symposium presenters and attendees must register to attend:

Click here for the 2015 Seven Rivers Online Registration Form

Please note the deadline to register is Friday, October 23, 2015.  Questions?  Please contact us at sevenrivers@viterbo.edu.

Click here for the 2015 Seven Rivers Symposium Schedule

Click here for the 2015 Seven Rivers Awards and Assessment Criteria

Thanks to the generosity of the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership, this year's Seven Rivers keynote speaker will be John (Jacks) Williams, Ph.D.  Dr. William's is the Bryson Professor of Climate, People, and Environment and the Director of The Center for Climatic Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  His address is entitled “Species Responses to Climate Change:  Lessons from the Past".  Global temperatures this century are likely to rise by several degrees, at rates not seen since the end of the last deglaciation.  We can use the last deglaciation (ca. 19,000 to 8,000 years ago) to study how species and communities adapt (or fail to adapt) to large and rapid climate changes.  In this talk, he'll both introduce attendees to the practice of paleoclimatology and paleoecology (how do we use ice cores, lake sediments, tree rings, etc. to make inferences about past climates and ecosystems?), show how we can use the past to test the predictive ability of ecological forecasting models, and review some of the major lessons learned.  For example, many species responded to past climates through large shifts in ranges, that caused the reshuffling of species into communities that have no analog today.  Few species went extinct during past climate changes, except when combined with human hunting and other pressures.  More information about Dr. Williams and the Center for Climate Research can be found online at http://www.geography.wisc.edu/faculty/williams/lab/People.html.




Materials from Past Seven Rivers Undergraduate Research Symposiums






Questions? Contact us at sevenrivers@viterbo.edu.