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WSU Summer Undergraduate Research Featured at Virtual Symposia

Pullman, Wash.—Washington State University will feature the mentored research of nearly 60 undergraduates from 36 universities at three virtual symposia on Friday, July 30, Aug. 3, and Aug. 6. Each event runs from 10:30 a.m.-noon each day. The public is invited to the no-cost presentations.

“The Office of Undergraduate Research has had the opportunity to assist research programs from a number of STEM disciplines this summer as they hosted students on campus and virtually for around 10 weeks,” said Colin Mannex, associate director.

“The students may come from institutions across the nation plus WSU, but they shared a common experience by working with WSU’s outstanding faculty researchers and their teams on a variety of important projects.

“We look forward to hearing individual students explain the work they did and the results they found during their time at WSU.”

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Two WSU NSF-sponsored Undergraduate Summer Research Programs Move Ahead Despite Pandemic Challenges

Screenshot of a Zoom meeting from the orientation event for summer 2020 REU students.

Friday Public Research Presentations Online

MEDIA CONTACTS: Hassan Ghasemzadeh, NSF REU Principal Investigator, associate professor of computer science, 509-335-8260,

Larry Holder, NSF REU Principal Investigator, professor of computer science, 509-335-6138,

Beverly Makhani, director of marketing and communications, WSU Division of Academic Engagement and Student Achievement (DAESA), 509-432-3430,

PULLMAN, Wash.—Despite in-person restrictions necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic, two National Science Foundation (NSF)-sponsored research programs for undergraduates went forward at WSU this summer and welcomed 16 students from 15 universities—online.

Both are in the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture’s School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. They are: Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Training in Wearable Computing,” led by Hassan Ghasemzadeh, associate professor; and, Undergraduate Research in Smart Environments,” led by Larry Holder, professor. In addition to these principal investigators, several faculty serve as mentors, supported by graduate assistants.

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WSU Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium on Aug. 2 features work of 82 students from 50 institutions

A student conducts a test on an optical sensor.

Media: Shelley Pressley, WSU Office of Undergraduate Research Director, 509-335-6679,

A student conducts a test on an optical sensor.PULLMAN, Wash.—Investigating topics from smart homes to disease diagnostics to wearable computing and more, more than 80 students from colleges nationwide worked this summer with faculty mentors at Washington State University. Results of their efforts will be shared at the 2019 Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, in the CUE Atrium on the Pullman campus.

An introductory keynote presentation, “3-D Printing of Hard Materials for Structural and Biomedical Applications,” will be at 9:00 a.m. in nearby CUE 203, delivered by Amit Bandyopadhyay, Lindholm Endowed Chair Professor in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering. The public is welcome at no charge to both the lecture and the poster session.

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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 …

WSU Poster Symposium Aug.4 Features 90 Undergraduates’ Summer Research, Keynote by Mary Rezac, the Incoming Engineering and Architecture Dean

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

Beverly Makhani, Director of Communications and Marketing, WSU Undergraduate Education, 509-335-6679,

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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.

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Three new NSF/REU- and USDA-funded summer research opportunities for undergraduates at WSU

Tina Hilding, Communications Director, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture, 509-335-5095,

PULLMAN, Wash.—Deadlines are March 1, 3 and 10 for undergraduates to apply for three new Washington State University summer research programs that recently received grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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Jan. 25: Learn about opportunities to dive into research

PULLMAN, Wash. – Unlike classes where there is often a right answer, the summer research program at Washington State University introduces students to a messy world where they have to ask the questions themselves – and where the answers are often unclear.

The Office of Undergraduate Research will host an information session for students in all majors about summer research opportunities for undergraduates at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, in CUE 319. Opportunities are available at WSU, throughout the U.S. and abroad.

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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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WSU’s July 31, 2015 Symposium Features Work of U.S., International Undergraduate Researchers

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

Beverly Makhani, Director, Communications, WSU Undergraduate Education, 509-335-6679,

PULLMAN, Wash.—More than 80 students are spending 10 summer weeks at Washington State University campuses to participate in faculty-mentored research. On July 31, their work will be showcased at a poster symposium from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the second-floor atrium of the Smith Center for Undergraduate Education (CUE). The public is welcome at no charge.

“These undergraduate researchers are from universities as far away as Brazil and Puerto Rico, and North Carolina and Texas, and as close as Oregon and central Washington,” said Shelley Pressley, director of the Office of Undergraduate Research, part of WSU Undergraduate Education in the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President. Some WSU students are in the mix, as well.

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