WSU holds Undergraduate Research Symposium

PULLMAN – Freshmen through seniors from throughout WSU will participate in the first Undergraduate Research Symposium Nov. 9 and 10 on the Pullman campus. Monetary awards totaling $2,000 will be awarded for the best presentations and posters.

“There are numerous examples of undergraduate research, scholarship and creative activities taking place at our university, and the symposium offers a chance all students, from all colleges and majors, on all WSU campuses, to present their work to the community,” said Dave Bahr, director of undergraduate research.

The symposium will consist of two parts oral presentations and poster presentations. Students typically will participate in one or the other, said Bahr. “Students from campuses other than Pullman are particularly encouraged to participate, and travel assistance will be available for up to five students.” Students’ work should be sponsored by a faculty member or professional mentor.

On Nov. 9, the oral presentations will be from 9 a.m. – noon in ETRL 101, and from 1-3 p.m. in Smith Center for Undergraduate Education (CUE) 518. Each presenter will have a 15-minute slot, with five minutes for questions and setup.

Also that day, posters will be displayed from 1-5 p.m. in the second floor atrium of Smith CUE, and participants will be present to discuss their work from 3-5 p.m.

Details for both events will be available online on at

“At 5 p.m., thanks to the generosity of donors to Undergraduate Research, financial awards for the best presentations and posters will be provided to the top three finishers in both oral and poster presentations,” Bahr said. “A total of $2,000 in prizes, ranging from $100 to $500, will be awarded based on judging by a faculty and external advisory board, with prizes split equally between poster and oral presentations. Additionally, we’ll have a ‘crowd favorite’ award based on voting from viewers for the posters.

“On Saturday, Nov. 10, selected posters will be on display 9 a.m. – noon in the Smith CUE atrium for alumni and visitors to examine the world-class research being carried out by undergraduates at Washington State University,” said Bahr.

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