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Introduction to the Office of Undergraduate Research

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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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!

What’s New

  • WSU Lands NIH Grant for Biomedical, Engineering Undergraduate MIRA Program

    Sanchez Lanier, Gizerian, Kostyukova co-PIs

    PULLMAN, Wash. — A new five-year National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant for more than $700,000 will fund a “motivating innovation and research achievement” (MIRA) program for Washington State University underrepresented student researchers in biomedical science and engineering fields, said the three faculty members serving as co-principal investigators.

    Financial, Research Benefits to Participants in Cohort

    Applications are now open to incoming freshmen interested in the program. Participants in the MIRA program must be accepted into the WSU Honors College, plan to engage in undergraduate research, and have a long-term interest in a … » More …

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  • WSU Anonymous $34,000 Gift Supports Awards for Undergraduate STEM Researchers

    MEDIA CONTACT: Mary Sanchez Lanier, assistant vice provost, 509-335-2321,

    Beverly Makhani, director of communications and marketing, WSU Division of Academic Engagement and Student Achievement, 509-432-3430,

    PULLMAN, Wash.—A recent anonymous gift of $34,000 to Washington State University’s Office of Undergraduate Research will fund scholarships for students  in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) majors who are engaged in mentored research, scholarship, and creative activities, Mary Sanchez Lanier, assistant vice provost, said.

    Without such awards, some of our students might not have the time to engage in mentored research because  they otherwise need to seek, and devote time to, external jobs … » More …

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Why & When to Get Involved?

A student standing with her research mentor in the lab.Regardless 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 lab.We 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

An undergraduate researcher receiving a monetary award at SURCA.Numerous 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 SURCA.Sharing 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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