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UW-Platteville’s Dana Mueller wins WiSys Quick Pitch by explaining psychology research

Dana Mueller presents her research at Research in the Rotunda earlier this year. (Photo courtesy of UW-Platteville)

PLATTEVILLE—Senior psychology major Dana Mueller took first place in the WiSys Quick Pitch @ Home for UW-Platteville students in May.

The student “pitch” competition inspires UW System students to consider the impact of their research and effectively communicate it to the public. This year’s event took place virtually because of the coronavirus crisis.

Mueller’s presentation focused on research into the relationship between biological and cultural factors that predict utilitarian moral judgement—decisions that result in the best outcome for the greatest number of people.

Mueller, who won a $300 prize, is now eligible to participate in the WiSys Quick Pitch State Final this summer.

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.