Funding includes support for eight projects led by UW-Stout:
- Developing an easy-to-apply, integrated approach to modeling freshwater contamination from farm runoff using only commercial drones, cameras, and software, $116,832
- Establishment and support of the Red Cedar Basin Monitoring Group, $71,730
- Predicting Crop per Drop in Sandy Soils, $36,121
- Establishment of the Center for Rural Opportunities, Prosperity and Sustainability, $33,759
- Expanding LAKES REU to Wisconsin students, $29,382
- Undergraduate student-faculty research engagement on developing rapid, easy-to-use and cost-effective test kits for the detection of E. coli/coliforms in water, $6,680
- Building water projects into an environmental math course, $6,362
- Development of People, Water and the Environment course, $5,242
UW-Stout also will collaborate on four projects led by or involving UW-Eau Claire, UW-River Falls, UW-Oshkosh and UW-Superior.
“UW-Stout is extremely grateful for the resources provided via the Freshwater Collaborative of Wisconsin,” said Provost Glendali Rodriguez. “Applied learning and collaboration are at the core of Stout’s polytechnic mission, and UW-Stout’s history of working on water challenges is robust.”
Rodriguez cited UW-Stout’s LAKES REU program, hosting the Red Cedar Watershed Conference and Center for Limnological Research and Rehabilitation.
UW-Stout faculty and staff across distinct academic disciplinary areas — biology, engineering, food science, mathematics, psychology and social sciences — collaborated on proposals focused on student success, community and regional problem-solving, and applied research and learning.
“The Freshwater Collaborative resources will allow us to expand our impact, take things to a new level and continue to positively address water challenges within the region and state,” Rodriguez said.
Overall, the Freshwater Collaborative of Wisconsin will support 42 grants to further develop UW System-wide water science programs, internships and research opportunities. High school and undergraduate students will have opportunities to participate in hands-on field and research experiences with faculty throughout the state, allowing them to develop a diverse range of skills.
The Collaborative is also partnering with industry, nonprofits and community organizations to increase career development opportunities for students. Grant descriptions are available at freshwater.wisconsin.edu.