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.


2014 Summer Research Programs in Eight Areas

“Characterization of Advanced Materials,” (materials science and engineering), led by Dave Field; http://reu.mme.wsu.edu/

“Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA),” (summer undergraduate research experience), Shelley Pressley; http://hubzero.cee.wsu.edu/

“Plant Genomics and Biotechnology,” (horticulture), Amit Dhingra; http://genomics.wsu.edu/world-class-research-team/research-experience-for-undergraduates-reu/

“Atmospheric Chemistry and Climate Change: Measurements and Modeling in the Pacific Northwest,” (Laboratory for Atmospheric Research/civil and environmental engineering), Shelley Pressley; http://lar.wsu.edu/ugrad_reu.html

“Materials Under Extreme Conditions,” (Summer Undergraduate Research Experience/Institute for Shock Physics,” Y.M. Gupta; http://shock.wsu.edu/education/undergraduate-research/

“Harnessing Plant Metabolism for Society,” (Institute for Biological Chemistry), Sanja Roje; http://cahnrs-cms.wsu.edu/ibc/pages/default.aspx

“Multi-Scale Engineering,” (Mechanical Engineering), Cill Richards; http://reu.mme.wsu.edu/

“New-generation Power-efficient Computer Systems Design,” (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science), Partha Pande; https://multicorereu.eecs.wsu.edu/



2014 Poster Symposium

10 a.m.-1 p.m.

August 1, 2014

Smith CUE Atrium


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 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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