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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

  • Applications Open for 2019-20 Undergraduate Research Awards til Feb. 15

    PULLMAN, Wash.—Washington State University students can apply online now for awards to support their mentored research, scholarship, and creative activities in academic year 2019-20, announced Shelley Pressley, director of the Office of Undergraduate Research.

    “Students from all majors on all WSU campuses are eligible for the awards,” she said. “Thanks to the vision of generous donors, award recipients can afford to spend time concentrating on their research efforts rather than having to work at a job.”

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  • Anonymous Gift Boosts Scholarships for WSU STEM Students

    CONTACT: Shelley Pressley, Director, Office of Undergraduate Research, WSU Undergraduate Education, 509-335-0014,

    Mary Sanchez Lanier, Assistant Vice Provost, WSU Undergraduate Education, 509-335-2320,

    PULLMAN, Wash.—A recent $15,000 gift from an anonymous donor has increased scholarship funding available from the Office of Undergraduate Research for Washington State University students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.

    According to Mary Sanchez Lanier, assistant vice provost, the funds will be distributed in fall 2018 and will impact three main areas of need.

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  • WSU Office of Undergraduate Research announces awards for 28 WSU students

    CONTACT: Shelley Pressley, director, Office of Undergraduate Research, WSU Undergraduate Education, 509-335-0014,

    Updated on 8-20-18.

    PULLMAN, Wash.—The Washington State University Office of Undergraduate Research has announced that scholarships have been awarded to 28 students pursuing research with a mentor in the coming 2018-19 academic year.

    Each student received either a Carson or an Auvil award to support research, scholarly activity, or creative projects that advance or create new knowledge in a specific field.

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  • 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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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!

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