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UW-Whitewater senior chemistry major Michael Hendrix wins campus research ‘pitch’ contest

UW-Whitewater's Assistant Vice Chancellor, Student Diversity, Engagement and Success, Dr. Ozalle Toms, middle, congratulates Michael Hendrix, right, and Angelique Compton, left, for their presentations during the WiSys Quick Pitch @ UW-Whitewater. Toms served as a judge for the event (Photo courtesy of Craig Schreiner, UW-Whitewater).

WHITEWATER — Michael Hendrix, a senior at UW-Whitewater, won first place in the WiSys Quick Pitch @ UW-Whitewater research communication competition on Oct. 20.

The student “pitch” competition inspires UW System students to consider the impact of their research and effectively communicate it to the public. Each campus hosts its own Quick Pitch event, and the winners are eligible to compete in the WiSys Quick Pitch State Final later in the year.

PHOTOS: WiSys Quick Pitch @ UW-Whitewater

Hendrix, a chemistry major, gave a presentation titled, “Identification of Neutralizing Antibody Response in Early Human Immunodeficiency Virus-1 Infection.” Hendrix’s first-place win comes with a $300 prize and a spot in the state final.

Angelique Compton, a senior majoring in psychology with minors in biology and chemistry, won second place with the presentation, “Single Cell IDO expression to study Mesenchymal Stromal Cells (MSCs) potency levels.” Compton received a $125 prize.

Overall, eight students participated in this year’s campus competition. The other presenters included:

  • Aliyah Noh, “Social Barriers to Sustaining the Artistic Identity into Adulthood.”
  • Shalea Carter, “Police shootings involving African Americans.”
  • Shane Flynn & Jack Schnor, “Hawk Rover 5G-Beamforming Autonomous Vehicle.”
  • Lea Mueller, “Hearing Loss in E-Sports.”
  • Alexandra Kestol, “Understanding Vocal Cord Dysfunction and How to Treat It.”

For more information about the WiSys Quick Pitch Program, visit

WiSys is a nonprofit organization that works with faculty, staff, students and alumni of the UW System to facilitate cutting-edge research programs, develop and commercialize discoveries and foster a spirit of innovative and entrepreneurial thinking across the state.