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Chaima Rabhi earns first place at UW-Green Bay WiSys Quick Pitch competition

Photo credit: Kathryn Marten, UW-Green Bay

Green Bay-Chaima Rabhi and Narisara Srichantraphan were recognized for their research at the WiSys Quick Pitch competition at UW-Green Bay on Wednesday, April 24.

Chaima Rabhi, a senior, won the competition with their pitch, titled “Shakey Lakes Stream Biomonitoring: How to Refine it?” In their pitch, Rabhi shared that aquatic invertebrates are frequently used for biomonitoring due to their differing sensitivities to chemical pollution and physical disturbances. Rabhi’s research looked at the Shakey Lakes Stream and learned how to refine the sampling and collection methods that had been established previously.

Rabhi’s faculty advisor is Jessica Warwick, a lecturer in biological sciences. With their first-place victory, Rabhi will have the opportunity to present to a statewide audience at the WiSys Quick Pitch State Final. The competition will be held during the WiSys SPARK Symposium this July on the UW-Superior campus.

Graduate student Narisara Srichantraphan earned both second place and the audience-voted people’s choice award with their pitch, titled “Situated Learning with Pedagogical Agents in VLE to Enhance Public Speaking Skills for Undergraduate Students.” Srichantraphan’s pitch explored critical success in speech improvement practice in virtual learning environments.

Srichantraphan’s faculty advisor is Dr. Andria Moon, an associate professor in education.

Additional participants included:

  • Haillee Fritsch, “Macrofungi Diversity Study Associated with Oak Trees at Wequiock Creek Natural Area: A Preliminary Investigation and Record of the Fungal Community”
  • Nevaeh Schmechel, “The Effects Of COVID-19 On College Student Stress and Resources”
  • Rebecca Stewart, “Maid Made Devotee: The Maid-Mistress Trope in Gothic Literature”

Judges included:

  • Dr. Kathleen Burns, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, UW-Green Bay
  • Dr. Matthew Dornbush, Dean of the Cofrin School of Business, UW-Green Bay
  • Dr. Susan Gallagher-Lepak, Dean of the College of Health, UW-Green Bay

To view photos from the event, click here. Thank you to Kathryn Marten, student & community engagement coordinator in the UW-Green Bay Cofrin School of Business, for attending the event and taking photos.

To learn more about WiSys Quick Pitch, click here. For questions about Quick Pitch, please contact Margot DeBaker, Regional Intellectual Property and Licensing Associate, at [email protected].