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Undergraduate Research Mentoring in Smith CUE 403

Do you have questions about conducting research as an undergraduate? Ask experts who are undergraduates themselves! These peer mentors, who are currently working on their own research projects, have made themselves available to answer your questions about the research process.

They have the experience and training to answer questions such as:

  • “How do I get started with my research?”
  • “Will I get paid to work on research, or am I eligible for a special scholarship?”
  • “How do I find a faculty mentor who will oversee and guide my work and training?”

Appointments are held in CUE 403.

NOTE: Mentors are not available during WSU breaks, WSU holidays, Dead Weeks, or Finals Weeks. Be sure to double check the WSU website to confirm these dates.

Schedule an appointment online todayBefore scheduling an appointment, be sure to take a look at our peer mentors who are available to help. Find one who most correlates with your research interests to schedule your appointment with.

Meet Our Peer Mentors

  • Mahmood Abusamha

    Hometown: Tacoma, WA

    Major: Mechanical Engineering

    Minor: Materials Science

    Interesting Fact: I am currently in the process of teaching myself how to play the ukulele

    Research Programs: Nuclear, Optical, Magnetic, and Electronic Materials Lab; Research Skills Short Course

  • Sierra Bishop

    Hometown: Bellingham, WA

    Major: Double major in Chemistry and Materials Science Engineering

    Minor: Double minor in Mathematics and Biology

    Interesting Fact: I was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, making me Canadian! I am also in two research labs: one in mathematics and one in cancer research.

    Research Programs: Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (SURCA), and an Undergraduate Research Summer 2016 Mini-Grant recipient

  • Denise Blohowiak

    Hometown: Issaquah, WA

    Major: Materials Science and Engineering

    Interesting Fact: I once had to run away from two cougars in my front lawn.

    Research Programs: Research Experience for Undergraduates at Washington State University

  • Mary Boege

    Hometown: Iowa

    Major: Biology

    Previous Major: Psychology

    Interesting Fact: I am a diehard Iowa Hawkeye fan. The happiest day of my life was when I saw Kirk Ferentz, the Iowa head football coach.

    Research Programs: Research Experience for Undergraduates at Washington State University, Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (SURCA) – Crimson Award winner.

  • Jordana Dahmen

    Hometown: Uniontown, WA

    Major: Biology

    Interesting Fact: I graduated in a class of 15 students at a K-12 public school

    Research Programs: Research Experience for Undergraduates at Washington State University, Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (SURCA)

  • Irfan Hossain

    Hometown: Richland, WA

    Major: Computer Engineering and Neuroscience

    Minor: Math and Computer Science

    Interesting Fact: I once won Mr. Congeniality

    Research Programs: Jun Xu Lab and Bert Tanner Lab at WSU, Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (SURCA)

  • Tenzin Lama

    Hometown: Camas, WA

    Major: Microbiology, Pre-med

    Interesting Fact: I was born in Nepal

    Research Programs: Research Experience for Undergraduates at Washington State University

  • Keesha Matz

    Hometown: Chehalis, WA

    Major: Microbiology

    Interesting Fact: I enjoy traveling and adventuring in the outdoors including backpacking, bicycle touring, scuba diving, mountain climbing and kayaking

    Research Programs: Undergraduate Research focused on virology at Washington State University within the SMB Students Targeted towards Advanced Research Studies (STARS) program. Presentations of research at: WSU Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (SURCA), Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), and the American Society for Microbiology National Conference.

  • Devin Marcy

    Hometown: Spokane, WA

    Major: Civil (Structural) Engineering

    Interesting Fact: My family and I share an interest in my family’s genealogy. In researching my genealogy on my father’s side, I discovered that my great-great grandfather and his family were neighbors and friends to Daniel Boone (famous American pioneer, explorer and frontiersman) and his family.

    Research Programs: Research Experience for Undergraduates at WSU, Semester Long Research Preparatory Class (Spring 2014), Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (SURCA)

  • Sydney Roberts

    Hometown: Sumner, WA

    Major: Neuroscience

    Minor: Biology and Psychology

    Interesting Fact: I have swum with sharks in the Galapagos Islands

    Research Programs: Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Program Undergraduate Research Fellowship, Research Skills Short Course

  • Kathryn Sutherland

    Hometown: Colorado Springs, CO

    Major: Microbiology and Spanish

    Interesting Fact: I come from a military family and have moved over 10 times, including three different countries

    Research Programs: SURCA, CAHNRS Ignite Program through the Mammal Spatial Ecology and Conservation Lab, Semester long research preparatory class (Fall 2015), Large Carnivore Conservation Lab (Summer 2016)

  • Oscar Ulloa

    Hometown: Vancouver, WA

    Major: Food Science

    Interesting Fact: Born in Honduras on Friday the 13th

    Research Programs: I haven’t been a part of any research programs yet. But I have carried out research projects under faculty from the food science department. I will however, participate in SURCA this spring 2017.

Schedule an appointment online todayBefore scheduling an appointment, be sure to take a look at our peer mentors who are available to help. Find one who most correlates with your research interests to schedule your appointment with.