Today: SURCA undergraduate research closes Showcase

SURCA logoPULLMAN, Wash. – Wearable technology, zooplankton migration and mechanical pruning of apple trees are but three of more than 200 topics to be presented by students today at the fifth annual Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (SURCA) at 3:30 p.m. in the CUB ballroom at Washington State University. The awards ceremony starts at 4:45 p.m.

SURCA closes a week of Showcase events that celebrate the accomplishments of WSU faculty, staff and students. Learn more at

showcase-logoAt SURCA, “there are more students discussing more subjects than ever before,” said Shelley Pressley, director of the Office of Undergraduate Research, event host and part of WSU Undergraduate Education. “Two-hundred-forty-five students will be describing to more than 200 judges plus guests their research, scholarship and creative activities in disciplines that span the university.

“It has been rewarding to see the steady growth of this popular event,” she said. “It says to me that arguably more students are taking the opportunity to engage in research. It’s a highly impactful learning experience at college, one that gives them the chance to work in a hands-on way with top researchers.”

Sponsors include Alturas Analytics, Inc.; The Boeing Company; Decagon Devices; Washington State Opportunity Scholarship; and the WSU Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President.