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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, sanchez@wsu.edu

Kay Brothers, Integrated Program in Biomedical Sciences, WSU College of Veterinary Medicine, 509-335-9376, brothers@vetmed.wsu.edu

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 Tampa, Fla.

ABRCMS is one of the largest professional conferences for underrepresented minority students, military veterans, and persons with disabilities; students present work they have done in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines. It is supported by the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of General Medical Sciences. This year, 1,850 students were chosen to present research in 12 scientific disciplines, attend workshops, and meet representatives from universities and businesses. Award winners received cash prizes and special acknowledgements at a closing dinner. Photo of Warrick, Knox, and Garcia posing with their awards

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25 WSU Undergraduates receive awards from the Office of Undergraduate Research

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

Emma Epperly, Communications and Marketing Junior Assistant, WSU Undergraduate Education, 509-335-9458, emmaepperly@wsu.edu

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

These students will work with faculty mentors throughout the 2016-17 academic year on research, scholarly, and creative projects, advancing or creating new knowledge in a specific field, said Shelley Pressley, director of the Office of Undergraduate Research.

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WSU information sessions for undergraduate research set for Oct. 12 and 13

MEDIA: Shelley Pressley, Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research, WSU Undergraduate Education, 509-335-5488, spressley@wsu

PULLMAN, Wash.—Washington State University’s Office of Undergraduate Research will hold two information sessions Oct. 12 and 13, Tuesday and Wednesday, to introduce students to the opportunities available to them on campus, said Shelley Pressley, director.

Everyone is welcome at the free sessions which are both scheduled from 5:00-6:00 p.m. on those days, in room 405 of the Smith Center for Undergraduate Education. No registration is required.

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WSU student researcher Luis Cortez brings back award from Gordon Research Conference

MEDIA: Shelley Pressley, Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research, WSU Undergraduate Education, 509-335-5488, spressley@wsu.edu

Emma Epperly, Communications and Marketing Junior Assistant, WSU Undergraduate Education, 509-335-9458, UCHCCommMar.5@wsu.edu

Read our previous article from 05-06-2016 about Luis’ invitation to present at the Gordon Conference.

PULLMAN, Wash.—Luis Cortez researches a family of enzymes (APOBEC) that exist in mammalian cells and damage viruses that have invaded the cell as part of an innate immune response. As an undergraduate Cortez received support from the Office of Undergraduate Research among other organizations to attend the Gordon Research Symposium on mechanisms of mutagenesis and genome alterations in Girona, Spain. The symposium is for young researchers, and is part of the prestigious Gordon Research Conference.

Cortez attended the symposium and conference in early June 2016, just weeks following his undergraduate graduation. He gave an oral presentation on his research at the symposium and also presented a poster during the symposium and the conference. He won an outstanding research poster award for his poster presentation— one of just six awarded.

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Aug. 2: Undergraduates Showcase Summer Research

Shelley Pressley, Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research, WSU Undergraduate Education, 509-335-5443, spressley@wsu.edu

PULLMAN, Wash.—Noel Schulz, engineering professor and WSU first lady, will deliver the keynote speech opening the Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, in Smith CUE 203. Undergraduates from universities across the nation will present posters at the free, public symposium 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Smith CUE atrium at Washington State University.

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Award-winning WSU undergraduate researcher Luis Cortez presents at international Gordon Conference in Spain

MEDIA: Shelley Pressley, Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research, WSU Undergraduate Education, 509-335-5488, spressley@wsu.edu

Emma Epperly, Communications and Marketing Junior Assistant, WSU Undergraduate Education, 509-335-9458, UCHCCommMar.5@wsu.edu

PULLMAN, Wash.—Washington State University senior Luis Cortez has been invited to present his research June 4 at the Gordon Research Symposium on mechanisms of mutagenesis and genome alterations in Girona, Spain. The symposium is for young researchers, and is part of and precedes the prestigious Gordon Research Conference, which Cortez will also attend.

His topic will be “APOBEC3A and APOBEC3B Preferentially Deaminate the Lagging Strand Template during DNA Replication.”

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Undergraduate Research Club the newest way to get involved in research

MEDIA: Shelley Pressley, Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research, WSU Undergraduate Education, 509-335-5443, spressley@wsu.edu

Emma Epperly, Communications and Marketing Junior Assistant, WSU Undergraduate Education, 509-335-9458, UCHCCommMar.5@wsu.edu

By Emma Epperly

PULLMAN, Wash.—Are you interested in studying DNA, examining the origins of a social issue, or composing a symphony with a faculty mentor? Washington State University’s newest registered student organization (RSO) is for you. It’s called, simply, the Undergraduate Research Club (URC) and it already has 20 members from several majors across campus.

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Three WSU students land awards at national science research conference for minorities

MEDIA: Mary Sanchez Lanier, Assistant Vice Provost, WSU Undergraduate Education, 509-335-8239, sanchez@wsu.edu

PULLMAN, Wash.—Washington State University seniors Raven Conyers and Luis Cortez and sophomore Keesha Matz received awards for outstanding presentations at the recent Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) in Seattle.

ABRCMS is the largest professional conference for underrepresented minority students, military veterans, and persons with disabilities. It is supported by the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of General Medical Sciences. Nearly 1,900 students were chosen to present research in 14 scientific disciplines, attend workshops, and meet representatives from universities and businesses.

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WSU Office of Undergraduate Research grants 29 awards to students on three campuses

MEDIA: Shelley Pressley, Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research, WSU Undergraduate Education, 509-335-5488, spressley@wsu.edu

Emma Epperly, Communications and Marketing Junior Assistant, WSU Undergraduate Education, 509-335-9458, UCHCCommMar.5@wsu.edu

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

“These industrious students will work with faculty mentors throughout the 2015-16 academic year on research and creative projects, advancing or creating new knowledge in a specific field,” said Shelley Pressley, undergraduate research director. “On March 28, they will share their results, along with about 150 other students, at the fifth annual Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (SURCA),” said Pressley.

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