A team of forestry students from the University of Wisconsin-Madison took second place in the fourth annual Upper Midwest Capstone Report Award Competition.
Capstone courses require students to integrate knowledge from courses throughout the curriculum, and to synthesize their knowledge in order to solve a complex land or resource management problem. The capstone award program was developed as a means of recognizing the hard work of the forestry students and stimulating them to aim high in their expectations, according to program administrator Jeff Stier, chair of the Department of Forest Ecology and Management at the UW-Madison.
Student teams developed a land and resource management plan for a “client.” Each team faced a different set of landowner objectives and worked on a different property.
The UW-Madison team included Cindy Karsten and Jedd Ungrodt of Madison, Kristen Romanowich of Milwaukee, Brian Tucker of Rib Lake and Eric Weiss of Lancaster. They developed a management plan for a 120-acre property in western Dane County that was donated to Dane County Parks. The Michigan Tech team took first place.
Student teams submitted papers from their capstone courses to a panel of seven judges. The reports were evaluated on the basis of quality of writing, ease of comprehension by the educated layperson, technical rigor, and a sense of land stewardship. . The first-place team received a $500 award and the second-place team received $250. Prizes are split equally among team members
Financial support for the program was provided by three Wisconsin sponsors: Georgia-Pacific Corporation, Menominee Tribal Enterprises and Steigerwaldt Land Services. The panel of seven judges is comprised of representatives of the sponsors, university faculty and state and federal foresters.