Universities of Wisconsin President Jay Rothman says undergraduate student researchers are preparing to fill jobs and address challenges that don’t yet exist, giving them an edge in the future workforce.

Speaking yesterday during the UW’s 20th annual 2024 Research in the Rotunda event, Rothman said research projects like the ones showcased in the state Capitol teach students how to “use innovative and creative thought along with data” and problem solving skills.

“This experience gives our undergraduate [researchers] the kind of experience, knowledge and skills that will make our students sought after by employers, as well as — and I’ve had a chance to speak to a number of them today — graduate schools,” he said. “Which is a great thing.”

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