Student Platform Award


Organization and Content:

  1. Abstract provides an accurate synopsis of justification, objectives, results, and conclusions.
  2. Introduction provides sufficient justification, background, and rationale for the research.
  3. Objectives of the research, methods and techniques used were explained well; transitions between sections were delivered smoothly.
  4. Scientific merit, originality, and independence of the research.
  5. Conclusions summarized the presentation and directed attention to the main points.


  1. Quality and clarity of the visual aids.
  2. Clarity of the presentation of ideas and concepts.
  3. Audibility, tone, and enthusiasm of voice.
  4. Platform presence and eye contact.
  5. Time management and the ability of the presenter to answer questions from the audience.

Selection Process


Meeting Name School Subject
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2015 Graduate Adam Bechle University of Wisconsin-Madison Real-Time Water Imaging System (RTWIS): A Ground-based Water Quality Monitoring Tool
2015 Undergraduate Bree Bender University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Denitrification removal potential and limitations in small sized reservoirs
2014 Graduate Stephen M. Sellwood University of Wisconsin-Madison Evaluating Aquifer Flow Conditions Using Heat as an In-Well Tracer
2014 Undergraduate Kyra Fitzgerald & Dana Gibson University of Wisconsin-Platteville Civil and Environmental Engineering Passive Stormwater Agricultural Runoff Sampling
2013 Samuel C. Zipper University of Wisconsin-Madison A Comparison of Stormwater Detention Capabilities of Four Neighboring Wetland Swales
2012 Jeffrey F. Miller University of Wisconsin-Madison Shallow Groundwater Impacts on Corn Biophysics and Yield during a Drought, Yahara River Watershed, Wisconsin
2011 Nathan C. Magnusson University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Assessing the Effect of Pleistocene Glaciation on the Water Supply of Eastern
2010 Eric G. Booth University of Wisconsin-Madison Controls on the Soil Moisture Regime of a Restored Floodplain, East Branch Pecatonica River: A Field and Modeling Investigation
2009 Richard S. Deitchman University of Wisconsin-Madison, Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies Characterization of Groundwater Flux Using Ground-based Thermal Remote Sensing at the Seepage Face
2008 Damion S. Drover University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Department of Biology and Microbiology Nitrate retention in a Central Sand Plains stream: incorporation of focused discharge in a mass balance model
2008 Rachel M. Wilberding University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Department of Geosciences Anthropogenic Effects of Wastewater Treatment Plant Effluent on Shallow Groundwater and Streams of Southeastern Wisconsin
2003 Lori E. Schmidt University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Delineation of High Salinity Conditions in the Cambro-Ordovician Aquifer of Eastern Wisconsin
2003 Ingrid L. Ekstrom University of Wisconsin-Madison Response of Redox Conditions to Air Sparging in a Geochemically Heterogeneous Groundwater System
2002 Paul F. Juckem University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dept. of Geology and Geophysics Conceptual Groundwater Model of the Coon Creek Watershed, Wisconsin
2002 Jeff Stelzer University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, College of Natural Resources Effect of Lake Drawdown on Shallow Groundwater Flow and Chemistry in Tri-Lakes, Adams County, Wisconsin