Office of Undergraduate Education

Undergraduate Research

Summer Research Programs for Undergraduates

Students from WSU and Other Universities Work with WSU faculty

Summer Research Poster Symposium
On the WSU Pullman campus, several summer-only Research Experience for Undergraduates (REUs) programs (many 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. Most programs are at the main campus; one is at WSU Spokane. 

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 Symposium; the 2015 symposium w ill be on July 31.  More information about the event and abstract booklets from past year are available online.

2015 Summer Research Programs at WSU

"Smart Environments" (Electrical Engineering & Computer Science), led by Larry Holder;

“Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA)” (Summer Undergraduate Research Experience), Shelley Pressley;

“Plant Genomics and Biotechnology” (horticulture), Amit Dhingra;

“Atmospheric Chemistry and Climate Change: Measurements and Modeling in the Pacific Northwest” (Laboratory for Atmospheric Research/civil and environmental engineering), Shelley Pressley;

"REgional Approaches to Climate CHange (REACCH)" (summer research internship), Shelley Pressley;

“Materials Under Extreme Conditions” (Summer Undergraduate Research Experience/Institute for Shock Physics), Y.M. Gupta;

“New-generation Power-efficient Computer Systems Design” (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science), Partha Pande;

Summer research at the WSU urban campus in Spokane, WA:

"Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)" (Pharmacy), Lynn Turner;

2015 Summer Research Poster Symposium: July 31

Participants in summer research programs at WSU share their work at an on-campus, public poster event on the final day of the session. Check the abstract book for the 2014 symposium to see the types and depths of that summer's projects.

2014 Program Website

2014 Abstract Booklet

More information on student projects for the 2014 poster symposium can be found in the abstract booklet.

Quick Facts

More than 700 students from 80+ universities—including WSU—have participated in REUs and similar summer research programs in Pullman in recent years.

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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