Formal dedication

The Prairie Springs Science Center will be formally dedicated Thursday, Nov. 15.

Prairie Springs Science Center ceremony is 2 p.m. Thursday

UWL celebrates the $82 million Prairie Springs Science Center with an official dedication at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, in The Bluffs in the nearby Student Union, 521 East Ave. N.

Following a short program, faculty and students will be available during self-guided tours that will show a number of laboratories on each of the four floors of the new building. Faculty and students will be available to show the following areas:


  • Rooms 1001 & 1031 – Geography and Earth Science labs

with virtual watershed table and stream tables



  • Room 2010, 2013, 2015 –River Studies Center
  • Room 2004 – Organic & Inorganic Chemical Synthesis lab



  • Room 3009 & 3010 – Non-human physiology lab
  • Room 3030, 3031, 3032 – Biochemistry lab



  • Room 4011 – Microbiology lab suite
  • Room 4040 – Molecular biology lab

Also expected to attend are the alumni, former faculty and staff who have areas named for them in the new building.

The Prairie Springs: The Paul Fleckenstein Trust donated $2 million to support research and scholarship at UWL in the areas of environmental studies and education, wildlife habitat protection, wildlife protection, conservation and ecological technology. With the gift, the new $82 million science classroom and labs building is named the Prairie Springs Science Center.


Features of the Prairie Springs Center

  • Constructed with $82 million in state funds
  • Construction began fall 2016, completed by fall 2018
  • Approximately 187,000 square feet — greater in size than three football fields
  • 36 state-of-the-art instructional laboratories
  • 23 laboratories for faculty-mentored student research
  • Three labs for cadaver-based study of human anatomy and physiology
  • Microscope imaging facility, including scanning electron microscope
  • Wet labs for aquatic science
  • Facility for nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy
  • Laboratories for food & industrial microbiology
  • Supports programs in biology, chemistry & biochemistry, geography & earth science, microbiology, physics, River Studies Center, Radiation Center


College of Science and Health

  • Current enrollment: 5,179 students
  • 48 undergraduate and 23 graduate programs
  • More than 50 percent of all UWL undergraduates are CSH majors
  • 246 faculty with more than 70 percent hold a Ph.D. or terminal degree
  • CSH grads job placement rate of 94 percent
  • Two Department of Biology professors have received Carnegie Foundation’s Wisconsin Professor-of-the-Year Award
  • Three departments awarded the UW Regents Teaching Excellence Award
  • 175 undergraduates engage in faculty-mentored research each year
  • Faculty & staff awarded more than $1.5 million annually in external grant funding
  • Faculty & students publish more than 80 peer-reviewed research articles annually
  • 98 percent average pass rate by students on professional certification exams
  • CSH supports several inclusive excellence programs including the First Year Research Exposure and McNair Scholars