Undergraduate Research

Seven Rivers Undergraduate Research Symposium

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

This year's Seven Rivers welcomed 280 people attending 95 presentations given by 131 students from institutions throughout the Midwest - thanks to all who attended for making 2015 a banner year!  More information about the 2015 event can be found below.  Mark your calendars on Friday, November 4, 2017 as we'd love to see you at next year's Seven Rivers!

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 will be sharing their work via research posters, artistic displays, and oral presentations. 

Thanks to the generosity of the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership, this year's Seven Rivers keynote speaker was 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 was 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 introduced attendees to the practice of paleoclimatology and paleoecology (how we can 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.


2015 Seven Rivers Symposium Materials:

Symposium Schedule

Quick Reference

Abstract Book

Awards and Assessment Criteria

Alphabetical List of Presenter Information



Materials from Past Seven Rivers Undergraduate Research Symposiums






Questions? Contact us at sevenrivers@viterbo.edu.