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UW-La Crosse's Jason Martin and UW Oshkosh's Becca Birriel recognized in WiSys statewide showcase

UW-La Crosse’s Jason Martin received recognition for a research presentation during the second of three Student Research & Innovation Showcases as part of the WiSys SPARK Symposium on June 9.

Martin, a chemistry and biochemistry student, took first place and a $1,000 prize for the presentation titled “Control of Texture and Morphology of Zinc Films Through Pulsed Methods From Additive-free Electrolytes.”

“Jason did an excellent job presenting complicated research during the showcase. Presenting your research is an important step in the process. Research needs to go beyond the lab or library,” said WiSys President Arjun Sanga. “I commend all the students who shared their work with our statewide audience.”

UW Oshkosh nursing student Becca Birriel took second place and a $500 prize during the showcase for the presentation “Culturally Sensitive Care in the Clinic: Understanding LGBTQIA+ Healthcare Best Practice Methods in Wisconsin’s Fox Valley Area Clinics.”

The awards were sponsored by Boyle Fredrickson Intellectual Property Law and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation.

The WiSys SPARK Symposium is an annual celebration of research, innovation and entrepreneurship in the University of Wisconsin System. WiSys will host one more Student Research & Innovation Showcases on Aug. 11.

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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.