Office of Undergraduate Education

Undergraduate Research

Summer Research Programs

Summer Research Poster Symposium
Several summer research experience programs for undergraduates take place at WSU. Funding comes from the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, U.S.D.A, and faculty grants.  Students from WSU as well as several other universities participate. Most programs are at the main campus; one is at WSU Spokane and one other at WSU Vancouver in 2015. 

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. These Research Experience for Undergraduates (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 was on July 31.

2015 Summer Research Programs at WSU

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

"CVM SURE: Summer Undergraduate Research Experience," Samantha Gizerian;

"Gerontechnology-focused Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (GSUR);"

“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;

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"Landscape Ecology and Ecosystem Dynamics in the Columbia River Basic: Integrating Terrestrial and Aquatic Perspectives," Gretchen Rollwagen-Bollens;

WSU Vancouver Hosts NSF-Funded Summer Experience

(Feature story in The Columbian newspaper)

2015 Summer Poster Symposium July 31

Participants in summer research programs at WSU shared their work at an on-campus, public poster event on the final day of the session. Check the abstract book to see the types and depths of those projects.

2015 Program Website

2015 Abstract Booklet

More information on student projects for the 2015 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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