Disseminate Your Research
The ultimate “deliverable” of research is new knowledge—and to be truly useful, knowledge must be shared.
Research involves many steps, and sharing the results of your efforts is the next task that lies before you after the working phase of your project has been completed. This crucial step of disseminating the new knowledge you have uncovered is absolutely essential to the research process. Others in your discipline and the community at large want, and need, to learn about your results. They may even undertake new research, scholarship, and creative activities in response to what they learn from your results. Moreover, disseminating your work is not just rewarding for you and your colleagues. It’s also a great way to add meaningful accomplishments to your resume or vita.
Opportunities for Dissemination
Presentation Opportunities at WSU
WSU students, faculty, and staff are eager to learn about your research, scholarship, and creative activities and what you have discovered through your efforts. There are numerous venues at WSU that make this exchange of information possible. Your professors, department, this website, and social media are good resources to learn about important dates, times, and places regarding these dissemination opportunities, as well as requirements to participate. Some key opportunities are listed below.
This annual spring event offers all students in every major from all campuses the chance to display a research poster, see what other students are researching, deliver a one-to-one presentation to judges and guests, and win awards. Top presenters in SURCA’s eight categories are recognized at an event that day. Those categories cover humanities, social sciences, arts, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields. More than 200 undergraduate presenters and as many judges bring the venue to life. SURCA is organized and hosted by the WSU Office of Undergraduate Research, part of WSU Undergraduate Education. Learn more >>
Publication Opportunities at WSU
Some colleges and departments have journals where you can publish your work. For example, the Honors College sponsors The Palouse Review, a juried online literary arts publication. Another example is WSU Libraries Research Exchange, an institutional repository for WSU in which all faculty members, staff, and students can share their research in any digital format. Check with your research mentor about what other dissemination possibilities may be available in your college or department.
Presentations at the Regional, National, and International Levels
Meetings for Undergraduates
Our student researchers frequently submit abstracts and receive invitations to share research results beyond WSU. They travel to present at regional, national, and even international meetings in their discipline. For some, these venues offer their first experience to make and deliver a research presentation, though most choose to start at SURCA or college-level dissemination events.
Meetings that are geared toward undergraduates are also great places for a first presentation on research, scholarship, and creative activities. National meetings aimed at undergraduates frequently offer attractive and unique benefits, such as graduate-school recruiting fairs and special breakout sessions with information of interest to students. The professionals, scholars, and students you meet there can also make great additions to your growing professional network.
Meetings specifically for undergraduates include, but are not limited to, the following:
- National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), which features all types of research including the creative and performing arts.
- Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), which is geared toward students involved in biomedical research (e.g. engineering, social sciences, biological, etc.). ABRCMS is one conference that makes awards available that cover costs associated with travel to the event.
Publication Opportunities at Regional, National, and International Levels
A popular way to disseminate your research is to publish your findings in a scholarly journal. Instead of in-person presentations, this is a writing-based method of dissemination that has potentially the widest-reaching impact. It involves a rigorous and formal peer-review evaluation of your methods and findings by an objective third party. This method also offers unprecedented accessibility to and permanence of your work—journal and articles are increasingly available online or as downloadable files.
Publishing your work in written form offers a broad audience made up of individuals with interests and knowledge inherent to the publication your work appears in. Your perceived impact as a researcher is predominantly measured by how other researchers refer to, and rely on, the articles you produce using this dissemination method.