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UW-Parkside’s Julia Jones wins campus research communication prize in WiSys Quick Pitch

UW-Parkside’s Julia Jones was recognized for excellence in research communication during the WiSys Quick Pitch on April 7.

The student “pitch” competition inspires UW System students to consider the impact of their research and effectively communicate it to the public via three-minute presentations.

Jones, a physics student, took first place and a $300 prize for the presentation “Development of YBCO-Based Sandwich-Type Superconductor (S)- Insulator (I)- Superconductor (S) Tunneling Josephson Junction Device”

“Congratulations to Julia and the other students on their presentations," said WiSys President Arjun Sanga. "I encourage everyone to take a look at the recorded replay of these pitches. These students are not only engaging in some impressive research, but they are also able to communicate it in an accessible way.”

Jones is now eligible to advance to the virtual WiSys Quick Pitch State Final on May 26 to compete against student researchers from across the UW System.

This year’s campus-level WiSys Quick Pitches are taking place virtually due to continued concerns about the pandemic. The UW-Parkside competitors presented during the same showcase as students at three other UW System schools—UW-Eau Claire, UW-Green Bay, UW-River Falls. Winners were selected from each campus.

For more information about the WiSys Quick Pitch Program or to watch the student presentations, 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.