Nov. 19-20: Freshmen debut research posters

PULLMAN, Wash. – What do college freshmen really want to know?

Find out at Freshman Academic Showcase where students display posters of their first research projects. The showcase, in the Smith CUE atrium at Washington State University, will be 12:10-3:40 p.m. Tuesday and 9:10 a.m.-noon and 1:10-3 p.m. Wednesday.

“The individual displays reveal what 505 students learned about ‘research’ in 21 sections of WSU’s UCOLL 104 class by actually doing it on subjects they pick and are interested in,” said Selena Castro, director of Student Success and Transition Programs, part of the Office of Undergraduate Education.

In the popular two-credit class, Pathways to Academic Success Seminar (PASS), first-year students learn specific skills to apply in all of their classes and how to be academically successful at college.

PASS students statistically are more likely to see their GPAs rise, Castro said, and they learn to properly cite sources, be critical thinkers and develop skills to be successful researchers.



Selena Castro, Student Success and Transition Programs, WSU Undergraduate Education, 509-335-5507,

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