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Portrait photo of VCEA dean Mary RezacPULLMAN, Wash.—The 2017 Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium, featuring presentations from a record 90 students from across the nation including WSU, is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fri., Aug. 4, in the Smith CUE Atrium.

A keynote presentation by incoming College of Engineering and Architecture Dean Mary Rezac is set for 9 a.m. in Smith CUE 202, just steps away from the atrium displays.

Coming from 54 universities plus the WSU Pullman and Vancouver campuses and Pullman High School, the students have spent around 10 weeks living on the Palouse and working with WSU faculty on a variety projects. Those ranged from bioscience to landscape ecology, from the atmosphere to smart environments, and biofuels to plant genomics.

Projects are largely sponsored with funding from the National Science Foundation’s Research Experience for Undergraduates, the U.S.D.A., and faculty’s grants.

“WSU’s top researchers have been honored to host these summer researchers, work with these outstanding students, and have the students share their results at the annual poster symposium,” said Shelley Pressley, director of WSU’s Office of Undergraduate Research.

“Faculty seek undergraduates to join their teams in summer because they want to mentor the next generation, and they know these students make tremendous contributions to their ongoing projects.

“The students benefit by gaining valuable hands-on experience with research and creative activities, and build their resumes while learning about WSU, its great researcher, and having fun.”

The keynote speech and the poster event are free and open to the public at no charge.

The showcase is organized by the Office of Undergraduate Research, part of WSU Undergraduate Education.