Seven Rivers Undergraduate Research Symposium

The winners of the 2020 Seven Rivers Undergraduate Research Symposium are: 

Oral Presentation Room 1- Miranda Myszka, Viterbo University, “CREATING AN ANTI-RACIST EDUCATION: HOW BOOKS FOSTER IDENTITY AND EMPATHY”, Education and Psychology

Oral Presentation Room 2- Elizabeth Henriksen, Viterbo University- A Comparative Analysis of the Antibacterial Efficacy of Silver Containing Personal Care Products, Microbiology

Oral Presentation Room 3- Klaus Friedli-, St. Mary’s- Minnesota, Predicting the Effects of Climate Change on Bat Activity in The Driftless Area, Environmental Biology

Poster Presentation winner- Megan Reis, Winona State University- Mental Heath and College Students: Does Mental Health Impact Performance?, Psychology


Friday, Nov. 6, 2020

Virtual Conference at Viterbo University, La Crosse, WI


Each year, hundreds of 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 and beyond share their work via research posters, creative displays, and oral presentations.

This year will be a little different with COVID-19 considerations, but we will still have great opportunities to share your research. See the links below for more information and context about previous Seven Rivers Undergraduate Research Symposiums. The 2020 Symposium information will be posted on this page as items become available.

2020 Resources


Questions or need Zoom links for Presenters? Email

2020 Keynote Speaker Dan Baumgardt, Science and Operations Officer, National Weather Service

“The Disturbing Recent Heavy Precipitation Trend Across Parts of the Midwest”

Friday, November 6, 2020 @ 10 AM

Dan is in his 25th year as the lead scientist at the National Weather Service in La Crosse, Wisconsin. He works to infuse the latest research and technology into the weather forecast process for the staff of approximately 15  meteorologists watching over the Upper Mississippi Valley. He holds a Bachelor and Masters of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and grew up in Milwaukee. 

This keynote is a collaborative effort with the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership Lecture Series.

What are people saying about Seven Rivers? 
Participant Feedback

"I loved being able to present my research for my first time at such a welcoming university. The people were all very friendly and accommodating." - Student Presenter 2017

"My favorite part were the numbers of students and faculty from other schools who came to share their research. Many of these projects provide good examples for our students and faculty of what is truly rigorous and high-quality undergraduate research." - Faculty Attendee 2017

"The evaluation forms were my favorite part. Receiving the comments from my oral presentation was extremely useful for my future presentations." - Student Presenter 2017

Visit the Seven Rivers Archives

The Viterbo Research Collection has experienced a new electronic facelift.  CLICK HERE to view projects from previous Seven Rivers Symposium presenters.

Materials from Past Seven Rivers Undergraduate Research Symposiums