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What Is Undergraduate Research?

It takes place in all branches of knowledge, whether you are in the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, or in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. More >>

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Why & When to Get Involved?

A student standing with her research mentor in the labRegardless of your major, getting involved in research will help you contribute to knowledge in a field, and benefit your intellect, skill set, and career readiness.

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How Do I Get Started?

A student standing with her research mentor in the labWe will show you how to engage with the research going on all around you at WSU. With our assistance, getting started in undergraduate research will be easier than you think.

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Receive Credit &/or Funding

Undergraduate researchers posing for photo after winning monetary awardNumerous resources are available to WSU undergraduates to support and/or recognize your research efforts.

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Share Your Work & Results

Undergraduate researchers presenting their work at SURCASharing new knowledge with the wider community in your field is essential to the research process. Opportunities abound to disseminate your discoveries both at WSU and beyond.

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What’s New

  • WSU Students Receive 27 Carson and Auvil Awards from the Office of Undergraduate Research

    MEDIA: Shelley Pressley, Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research, WSU Undergraduate Education, 509-335-0014, spressley

    Emma Epperly, Communications and Marketing Associate, WSU Undergraduate Education, 509-335-9458,

    PULLMAN, Wash.—Twenty-seven Washington State University students at Pullman and Vancouver have received two types of awards from the Office of Undergraduate Research, part of WSU Undergraduate Education.

    Recipients of Carson and Auvil awards will work with faculty mentors throughout the 2017-18 … » More …

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  • Cougs Lead Awards go to URC’s Armstrong and Dahmen

    Maddie Armstrong (left), Undergraduate Research Club (URC) Vice President, and Jordana Dahmen (right), URC President, received the President’s Award for Leadership from Washington State University.

    The Center for Civic Engagement and Student Involvement partners with Cougs LEAD (Leadership and Engagement Awards of Distinction) to present this award. The award is given to students who show exceptional leadership and service to the university and community.

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  • From the Provost’s Office: Undergraduate research, a WSU hallmark

    Providing opportunities to participate in research and creative activities marks a fundamental aspect of WSU’s commitment to provide undergraduate students with a truly transformational college experience.

    Hundreds of our world-class faculty members mentor undergraduate students to offer an experience few institutions can match. Students benefit from these hands-on lessons in numerous ways: working in teams, creative problem solving, exploring potential careers, mentorship from faculty members, and better understanding of others’ research.

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  • Three WSU undergraduate researchers win awards at ABRCMS conference for minority students

    MEDIA: Mary Sánchez Lanier, WSU Assistant Vice Provost, 509-335-2320,

    Kay Brothers, Integrated Program in Biomedical Sciences, WSU College of Veterinary Medicine, 509-335-9376,

    PULLMAN, Wash.—Washington State University undergraduates Marleny Garcia, Carlie Knox, and Collin Warrick won national awards for outstanding presentations at the 2016 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) Nov. 12 in … » More …

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Meet with a Peer Mentor

Peer mentors, who are undergraduates currently involved in undergraduate research, are available most weeks to meet with you. They have the experience and training to answer your important questions, such as:

  • “How do I get started with my research or creative activity?”
  • “Will I get paid for what I’m doing, or am I eligible for a special scholarship?”
  • “How do I find the right faculty mentor for me?”

Schedule a meeting with one today!