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WiSys Quick Pitch State Final: Research-focused pitch competition will be livestreamed on June 17

MADISON--Nine student researchers from across the UW System will compete in the WiSys Quick Pitch State Final on June 17 at 6 p.m.

The research-focused, elevator-style pitch competition focuses on the importance of communicating research to the public. Students, who were successful in campus-level events, will have three minutes to present their research to a panel of judges.

This year’s state final will be held virtually because of the coronavirus crisis. A link to the livestream will be available to watch on WiSys' website at wisys.org/quickpitch.

“In light of all of the disruptions UW students have experienced this year, we are fortunate that these budding researchers have found the time to participate in this important showcase of their work," said WiSys President Arjun Sanga. "Their pitches highlight the excellence at our Regional UW campuses.”

This year’s competitors include:

  • Karly Anderson (UW-River Falls) presenting “Relationship of Captive Bolt Stunning Location with Basic Tissue Measurements and Exposed Cross-Sectional Brain Area in Cadaver Heads from Market Pigs.”
  • Hunter Frey (UW-Stevens Point) presenting “Borb's Big Adventure!”
  • Ariana Hernandez (UW-Parkside) presenting “Advocating for Affordable Insulin.”
  • Nathaniel Hoffman (UW-La Crosse) presenting “Inhibition of the Epstein-Barr Lytic Cycle by Atypical Antipsychotics.”
  • Dana Mueller (UW-Platteville) presenting “The Relationship Between Dopamine and Utilitarian Moral Judgment.”
  • Purcell Pearson (UW-Whitewater) presenting “Racial Bias in News Media and its Effects on Black Males Self-Image.”
  • Katelyn Reckin (UW-Eau Claire) presenting “Characterizing the Allocation, Issuance and Usage of Benefits Offered Through the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) and Senior Assistance Farmers Market Fruit and Vegetable Programs in Wisconsin.”
  • Stacey Sparks (UW Oshkosh) presenting “Community Socioeconomic Indicators and Intra Head Start Student Performance.”
  • Rachael Tuve (UW-Superior) presenting “The Relationship Between Well-Being and Financial Stress in College Students.”

The top presenter will win a $700 prize.

Each year, through the WiSys Quick Pitch program, WiSys trains and educates more than 100 students at UW System schools on intellectual property protection and effective communication.

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.