Research

Student Research Leads to Love of Fish and a Job

Working on a freshwater research project changed Faune Fisher’s career path. The Environmental Science major at UW-Whitewater was planning to work in environmental advocacy. After conducting research under the mentorship of Associate Professor Elisabeth Harrahy, Fisher caught the research bug.…

FCW Awards $3.42 Million in Funding to Train Next Generation of Water Scientists 

Freshwater Collaborative of Wisconsin Tackles Grand Water Challenges and Provides Support for New Courses, Research Opportunities and Hands-On Experiences for UW Students  MILWAUKEE, Wis., March 29, 2022—The Freshwater Collaborative of Wisconsin will provide $3.42 million in funding to UW institutions…

Freshwater Collaborative 2022 Funded Projects

In March 2022, the Freshwater Collaborative of Wisconsin granted $3.42 million in funding to UW institutions to enhance their water-related academic programs. The funding is part of a statewide initiative, backed by the Wisconsin State Legislature and Gov. Tony Evers,…

Growing Wisconsin’s Capacity as a Global Water Leader

Freshwater Collaborative of Wisconsin 2021 Performance Report Thanks to the State Legislature’s investment in the Freshwater Collaborative of Wisconsin, the 13 UW Schools are poised to recruit more undergraduate students from Wisconsin and beyond and to provide them with advanced…

High Schoolers Jump Into Freshwater Science

Summer program provides hands-on experiences studying lakes, rivers and streams throughout Wisconsin.

What’s the best way to get high school students interested in water sciences? Get their feet wet, literally. That’s just what 14 students did last summer when they participated in the Freshwater Science Summer Field Experience, funded by a grant…

Mentorship and Insecticide Insight

Collaborative grant provided opportunity for faculty and students at two UW schools to study potential emerging water contaminants.

Austin Draper never considered a career in freshwater science. Although he was an extremely curious kid — and asked a lot of questions about nature, particularly fish — he struggled academically in high school. After graduation, he attended community college to explore his interests.  …

A Knockout for Mercury?

When Elizabeth Johnson, graduated with a Biology degree from the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire in May 2021, she had a big advantage in the job market. She knew how to use CRISPR, a rapidly advancing technology that can be used…

Britta Larson UW Superior

A Collaborative Summer at ERIC

An FCW grant helped give students from six UW campuses the opportunity to train at one of ERIC’s three locations

When Amanda Stickney learned about chemistry in sixth grade, her love of math and science clicked.   “In high school, I went to a semester boarding school that focused on environmental science and stewardship,” says the recent graduate of UW-Stevens Point’s chemistry program. “That’s when I knew…

Tyler Kunze in lab

First UW-Green Bay Water Science Undergraduate Heads to Graduate School at UWM

Kunze’s path exemplifies how undergraduate research opportunities and mentoring can lead to more water scientists

Tyler Kunze never anticipated a career as a water scientist. Yet in May, he became the first student to earn a bachelor’s degree in water science from UW-Green Bay. He’s now a graduate student in UW-Milwaukee’s School of Freshwater Sciences…

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Communications Hub Supports Water Policy Network

Strong interdisciplinary connections will equal stronger water policy for Wisconsin

Strong water policy based on rigorous research results in clean water people use for swimming, boating, fishing, growing food and manufacturing. Water is tied to all aspects of our lives, but scientists and their research, which could help inform water policy, are not always connected to those who make water policy for…

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