Office of Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate Research

March 29, 2010

CONTACT: Beverly Makhani, Communications Director, WSU University College/Undergraduate Research, 509-335-6679,
David Bahr, Director, Undergraduate Research, 509-335-8523,

Four Students Land WSU Undergraduate Research Symposium Awards

PULLMAN, Wash.—Four students who participated in the 2010 Undergraduate Research Symposium at Washington State University on March 29 have received top awards from the annual competition.

 “We enjoyed presentations on a wide variety of topics from across many disciplines this year,” says David F. Bahr, director of Undergraduate Research, a unit of the University College.  “It is always interesting to learn what ‘research, scholarship, and creative activity’ our undergraduates are working on with their faculty mentors.  Selecting just four award recipients this year was a tough challenge for our judges.”

All of the winners are women, and three are from the WSU Honors College.

Award recipients in the “Crimson” ($500) category are:

Kara Mowery, a senior history major in the Honors College, who presented “Setting Out for the West: Mary Richardson Walker, Women, and Place in the Nineteenth Century American Missionary Movement.” Her faculty mentor is Jennifer Thigpen.

Kathryn Nealey, a senior psychology and Spanish double major, who presented “Kappa-Opioid Receptor Antagonism in the Nucleus Accumbens Shell Selectively Reduces Escalated Alcohol Self-Administration in Dependent Rats.”  Her faculty mentor is Brendan Walker.

Recipients of “Gray” ($250) awards are:

Leah Jordan, a senior genetics and cell biology and music double major in the Honors College who presented “Posture and Trumpet Playing: How Body Alignment Affects Musicians.”  Her faculty mentor is David Turnbull.  Her minor is biology.

Gianne Souza, a junior microbiology major in the Honors College who presented on “Immobilized CpG DNA Assay to Determine DNA Access at the Cell Surface by a Chimeric Toll-Like Receptor.” Her faculty mentor is Gregory Barton.

The 2010 event marks the third annual Symposium.  For the first time this year, four colleges hosted events on the same day to showcase the research, scholarship, and creative activities of all undergraduates.  The Sciences and Engineering Poster Competition featured work by students in the colleges of Science; Engineering and Architecture; and Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences.

The Undergraduate Research Symposium this year featured only oral presentations of students’ work, and was open to students across the university.


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