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WSU Hosts Summer Undergraduate Researchers from Across the U.S.

Student participants of the 2022 Summer Undergraduate Research Program sit together outside the CUE building.

PULLMAN, Wash.—More than 80 undergraduates from 52 American universities are conducting research with Washington State University faculty in Pullman and across the state this summer.

“We’re thrilled to have so many engaged students involved in a wide variety of projects this year,” said Jeremy Lessmann, director of the WSU Office of Undergraduate Research, part of the Division of Academic Engagement and Student Achievement.

Student participants of the 2022 Summer Undergraduate Research Program sit together outside the CUE building.
Student participants of the 2022 Summer Undergraduate Research Program sit together outside the CUE building.

“In contrast to recent summers that were impacted by the pandemic, we have students who are working in person in labs, some are joining projects virtually, and several are at WSU Extension sites. It’s going to be a busy and productive few months coming up.”

Working with their mentors, the students are investigating such topics as atmospheric chemistry and climate change, improving crop resiliency, and phenomics big data management, as well as conducting data analysis on a range of issues involving education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) topics.

The involved faculty projects may be funded by the National Science Foundation or other large organizations, or be part of professors’ ongoing programs. Many of the summer researchers applied to the WSU programs they are now part of.

The home institutions for the students range from as near as Eastern Washington and Gonzaga universities, to as far away as Michigan State, Purdue, Emory, Syracuse, and the University of Virginia, for example. A number of the students are WSU’s own.

All students will share their projects and results at a poster symposium set for July 29 in the atrium of the Smith Center for Undergraduate Education in Pullman, hosted by the Office of Undergraduate Research. The public is invited to attend at no charge.

Media contacts: Jeremy Lessmann, Director, WSU Office of Undergraduate Research, 509-335-1252,

Beverly Makhani, Director, WSU DAESA Communications and Marketing, 509-432-3430,

WSU Research Symposium Aug. 3 to Feature 85 Undergraduates’ Posters

MEDIA CONTACT: Shelley Pressley, Director, WSU Office of Undergraduate Research, 509-335-5443,

PULLMAN, Wash. – Climate change, smart environments, biofuels, plant genomics, and more are topics to be featured at the 2018 Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium at Washington State University, with poster presentations from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fri., Aug. 3 in the Smith CUE Atrium.

Immediately preceding that poster session will be a keynote presentation at 9 a.m. in nearby Smith CUE 203 by Michael P. Wolcott, WSU Regents Professor of civil and environmental engineering, and associate vice president for research. Both events are open to the public at no charge. » More …

U.S. Undergraduates Showcase Summer Research at WSU Poster Event Aug. 2

Shelley Pressley, Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research, WSU Undergraduate Education, 509-335-5443,

PULLMAN, Wash.—How does Grandpa remember little details necessary to plan a movie night out with Grandma? What’s the impact on rivers and aquatic creatures when biojet fuel is produced from wood products? What are the nutrient needs of microorganisms whose job is to keep farm soil stable?

These and about 70 more intriguing questions will be answered in person at the Tuesday, Aug. 2 Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium from10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Smith CUE Atrium at Washington State University.

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