Office of Undergraduate Education

Undergraduate Research

Summer Research Programs for Undergraduates

Students from WSU and Numerous U.S. Universities Work with WSU faculty

Summer Research Poster Symposium
On the WSU Pullman campus, several summer-only Research Experience for Undergraduates (REUs) programs (sponsored by the National Science Foundation) and additional similar projects engage dozens of students in mentored research.  Students from WSU as well as several other universities participate while in Pullman. 

Summer research projects involve students in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the summer.  Students are granted stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel.

Undergraduate students supported with NSF funds must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S.  REU programs are available in the U.S. and overseas.

Participants share their summer's work at the annual Summer Undergraduate Research Poster Session in early August.  More information about the event and abstract booklets from past year are available online.


2013 Summer Research Programs in Nine Areas

“Atmospheric Chemistry and Climate Change: Measurements and Modeling in the Pacific Northwest,” led by Shelley Pressley, director of Undergraduate Research

“Characterization of Advanced Materials,” led by Dave Field, professor and director, School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering in the College of Engineering and Architecture

“Harnessing Plant Metabolism for Society,” led by Sanja Roje, associate professor, Institute of Biological Chemistry in the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences

“Materials Under Extreme Conditions,” led by Y.M. Gupta, Regents professor, Department of Physics, and director, Institute for Shock Physics, in the College of Arts and Sciences

“Multi-Scale Engineering,” led by Konstantin Matveev for  Cill Richards, professor, School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, in the College of Engineering and Architecture

“Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA),” also led by Pressley

“Plant Genomics and Biotechnology,” led by Amit Dhingra, associate scientist/professor, Department of Horticulture in the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences

“REgional Approaches to Climate CHange (REACCH),” also led by Pressley, in the College of Engineering and Architecture

“Smart Environments,” led by Nirmalya Roy, clinical assistant professor, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in the College of Engineering and Architecture


2014 Poster Symposium

10 a.m.-1 p.m.

August 1, 2014

Smith CUE Atrium


2014 Program Website


2013 Abstract Booklet

More information on student projects for the 2013 poster symposium can be found in the abstract booklet.


Quick Facts

More than 600 students from 80+ universities—including WSU—have participated in REUs and similar summer research programs in Pullman.


Since 1999, there have been more than 65 peer reviewed publications and national presentations by WSU undergraduate summer research program undergraduates.



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