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UW-Superior’s Augusto Vladusic recognized for research communication skills in WiSys Quick Pitch

SUPERIOR—Senior economics and business administration student Augusto Vladusic won first place in the WiSys Quick Pitch @ UW-Superior research communication competition on March 1. 

The student “pitch” competition inspires UW System students to consider the impact of their research and effectively communicate it to the public. Students have three minutes to impress a panel of judges with their pitch. 

Vladusic’s winning presentation was titled “Analysis of Market Fundamentals and Market Sentiment, and Its Impact on the S&P 500 Returns.” 

The first place finish comes with a $300 prize and a spot in the WiSys Quick Pitch State Final later in the year.

Senior economics and international business student Chiyono Owa took second place in the event for the presentation “How Income Affects Life Expectancy.” The second place finish comes with a $125 prize.

UW-Superior Associate Professor of Economics Rubana Mahjabeen is the faculty advisor for both students.

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

  • Grant Garding, “COVID-19 and U.S. Company Stocks.”
  • Gergo Potz Nagy, “Did the COVID-19 Pandemic Create Uncertainty to the Stock Market?”
  • Kento Nomura, “How the Declining the Birth Rate and Aging Population Impact on the Economy in Japan.”
  • Akira Tanaka, “Without Technology, Will Shortage of Labor Lead to Increasing Food Insecurity?”

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.