2015 WInSTEP SEPA Student Research Journal

The following papers and posters were selected as award winners for the UW-Milwaukee Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) Research Competition and are being highlighted in the 2015WInSTEP SEPA Student Research Journal. This unique journal features outstanding work done by area high school science students in the UW-Milwaukee WInSTEP SEPA program. Congratulations!

Click on the links below to view the student research papers and posters.

WInSTEP SEPA Student Research Papers

Ammonia’s Effects on Worms (Alex Cashmer, Divine Savior Holy Angels High School, Milwaukee, WI)

Comparing the Effects of Nyquil, Dayquil, and Zzzquil to the Effects of Ethanol on Zebra fish Embryos and Relating the Results to Humans (Eva Knezic, Greendale High School, Greendale, WI)

Effects of 5-HTP on Zebra Fish Embryo’s Viability and Hatch Rate (Brandon Behringer, Union Grove High School, Union Grove, WI)

Effect of Caffeine and a Cooler Environment on Zebrafish Embryos Exposed at Different Developmental Stages (Kristina Herman, Seymour Community High School, Seymour, WI)

Effects of Different Concentration Levels of Nicotine on Developing Zebrafish Embryos (Kevin Broda, Waukesha South High School, Waukesha, WI)

Effect of Ethanol and Nicotine on Zebrafish Embryos (Ethan Gustafson, Brookfield Central High School, Brookfield, WI)

Effects of Hydroxycut on Zebrafish Development (Kody Kortendick, Union Grove Union High School, Union Grove, WI)

Effect of Lead Exposure on Pimephales promelas Reproduction and Behavior (Savannah Kohlhagen, Union Grove High School, Union Grove, WI)

Effects of Metformin on Zebra Fish Embryos (Catie Hunter, Fort Atkinson High School, Fort Atkinson, WI)

Effects of Nicotine on Zebrafish Embryos (Millie Bretl, Divine Savior Holy Angels High School, Milwaukee, WI)


Effects of Saccharin on the Embryonic Development of Zebrafish (Emma Ellis, Seymour Community High School, Seymour, WI)


Effects of Varying Caffeine Solution Concentrations on Zebrafish Embryos (Catie Kollath, Seymour Community High School, Seymour, WI)

Effect of Yellow 5 on the Embryological Development of Zebrafish (Dawson Holtan, Pardeeville High School, Pardeeville, WI)

How Bisphenol A (BPA) Affects the Development of Zebrafish (Julia Brooks, Greendale High School, Greendale, WI)


Impacts of Different Concentrations of Alcohol on Zebrafish Embryo Development (Aaliyah Klug, Waukesha South High School, Wuakesha, WI)



WInSTEP SEPA Student Research Posters

Ammonia’s Effects on Worms (Alex Cashmer, Divine Savior Holy Angels High School, Milwaukee, WI)

Does the presence of lead, salt, and higher temperatures affect the development of zebrafish? (Alec Lau, Wauwatosa West High School, Wauwatosa, WI)

Earthworm Metal Reactions (Moira Reardon and Briana Laska, Lake Country Middle School, Hartland, WI)

Earthworm Presentation (Davis Nunnally, Lake Country Middle School, Heartland, WI)

Earthworm’s Reaction to Salt (Jacob Needles, Lake Country Middle School, Heartland, WI)

Effects of 5-HTP on Zebra Fish Embryo’s Viability and Hatch Rate (Brandon Behringer, Union Grove High School, Union Grove, WI)

Effect of Artificial Sweeteners on Danio rerio Embryo Development (Mariah Colorado and Sarah Heinen, Union Grove High School, Union Grove, WI)

Effects of Caffeine on Zebrafish Embryos (Kyle Brown and Jessica Pollack, Muskego High School, Muskego, WI)

Effects of Caffeine on Danio rerio Development (Brodie Mecum, Pardeeville High School, Pardeeville, WI)

Effects of Ethanol on the Developing Zebrafish Embryo (Kort Driessen, Seymour Seymour Community High School, Seymour, WI)

Effects of Glucose on the Development of Zebrafish Embryos: Implications for Obesity (Joseph Ballweg and Liz Brinks, Pardeeville High School, Pardeeville, WI)

Effects of Lead Exposure on Fathead Minnows (Pimephales promelas) (Miranda Dam and Logan Essers, Union Grove High School, Union Grove, WI)

Effects of Lead Exposure on Male Fathead Minnows (Lauren Lemberger, Muskego High School, Muskego, WI)

Effect of Lead Exposure on Pimephales promelas Reproduction and Behavior (Savannah Kohlhagen, Union Grove High School, Union Grove, WI)

Effect of Lead on Reproductive Behaviors of Fathead Minnows (Gabrielle Crapitto, Greendale High School, Greendale, Wisconsin)

Effects of Lead on the Reproductive Behaviors of Fathead Minnows (Evan Kindl, Muskego High School, Muskego, WI)

Effects of Lead on the Reproductive Behaviors of Fathead Minnows (Shelly Marsolek, Muskego High School, Muskego, WI)

Effect of Yellow 5 on the Embryological Development of Zebrafish (Dawson Holtan and Scott, Pardeeville High School, Pardeeville, WI)

How Does Climate Affect an Earthworm? (Ethan Ortmeier, Lake Country Middle School, Heartland, WI)

How do Peppers Affect Red Worms? (Hunter Phillips, Lake Country Middle School, Heartland, WI)

Impact of Length of Caffeine Exposure on the Survival and Development of Zebrafish Embryos (Ellen Kurth, Muskego High School, Muskego, WI)

Understanding the Impact of Caffeine on Zebrafish Embryo Development (Robert Kim and Ethan, Muskego High School, Muskego, WI)

Zebrafish Responding to Sleeping Aid (Rachel Buetow and Lauren Thomann, Germantown High School, Germantown, WI)