UW-Stevens Point research gains attention
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point students are sharing research findings during Posters in the Rotunda Wednesday, April 17, at the State Capitol in Madison.
They are among nearly 150 undergraduate students and their faculty advisers from every UW campus who are filling the Capitol Rotunda April 17, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., for the 10th annual event. They will share their undergraduate research findings on a variety of important topics with legislators, state leaders, UW alumni and other supporters. State leaders and others can view poster presentations depicting the research projects, speak with students and learn more about how this work enriches their college experience.
Poster presentations on six UW-Stevens Point research projects, conducted by nine students, will be available. One project compared the effects of yoga and traditional core training on functional activity and cardiovascular fitness. 
“The undergraduate research experience in the athletic training major is instrumental to student success and to the success of our profession,” said Holly Schmies, director of UW-Stevens Point’s Athletic Training Education Program. “We did research this year on topics that are not considered mainstream in athletic training, and it helped all of our students to look at things in a different way. It is our hope that by experiencing research early in their career, we can instill passion for life-long learning and encourage students to look for ways to advance the profession of athletic training.”
Studies show that undergraduate research leads to better job readiness, encompassing a broad range of student talents, interests and skills across academic disciplines. UW leaders believe broader participation in undergraduate research will provide students with the knowledge and skills they need for 21st century jobs, preparing graduates to succeed in a world that values innovation, problem-solving, teamwork and collaboration.
“Advancing undergraduate research projects has many important benefits—for the students, for the university and for the entire state. Students who collaborate with professors on meaningful research are more likely to stay in college and complete their degree. The hands‐on experience prepares them for professional success after graduation, and the added brainpower in our research projects provides a tremendous return on investment, including job creation and economic growth,” said UW System President Kevin P. Reilly.
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