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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 undergraduates land 44 awards at SURCA 2018 on April 2

    Of the 256 Washington State University students accepted to present 213 posters at the seventh annual Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (SURCA) event April 2, 54 took home 44 awards for their top presentations across eight categories.

    At this WSU-wide venue for students from all majors, there were 20 winners of 17 $300 crimson awards, the highest possible; 27 winners of 20 $200 gray awards, the second-highest; 6 winners of 6 $100 novice awards, for students with up to two semesters of research work and who show exceptional promise; and, 1 recipient of 1 $100 early career award, given to freshmen and sophomores … » More …

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  • UNIV 199 Research Intro Course Rescheduled for Jan 20-21

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

    PULLMAN, Wash.—Washington State University students in Pullman who have thought of starting undergraduate research can sign up for UNIV 199, a one-credit, one-weekend course. The course has been rescheduled for Jan. 20-21 and will be held in SPARK G10..

    The course was originally scheduled for Jan. 6-7. Those enrolled in the Jan. 6-7 session were notified and given first priority to register for the rescheduled class.

    “Introduction to Directed Research” will be taught by Shelley Pressley, director of the Office … » More …

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  • 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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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!