SURCA: Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities.

SURCA 2024

Award Winners

WSU SURCA Undergraduate Researchers Land 49 Awards at Showcase 2024

Fifty-three students at the Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (SURCA) 2024 were the recipients of 49 awards totaling $10,900, announced the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR), host of the March 25 event. Awardees are from two of all six represented campuses: WSU Pullman, with 52, and the Global Campus, with one.

Undergraduate students give their research presentations at last year's SURCA 2023.

Over 250 undergraduate researchers joined us on March 25, 2024 from 3:30-4:45 p.m.* in the CUB Senior Ballroom to present their projects!

SURCA 2024 was attended in person. All are welcome at SURCA — whether you are a WSU student, faculty or staff member, or a community member — to learn about the mentored undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activities conducted by our presenters across nine SURCA presentation categories! Doors opened to all guests promptly at 3:30 p.m.* The awards ceremony that immediately follows the event started as usual at 5 p.m. in CUB Auditorium.

*Note: Judges and presenters meet at earlier times — see the full event schedule for more information.

Look Up Projects

Check out the searchable presentation list featuring the abstracts of all 2024 presenters to look up information on projects!

By the Numbers

206 Posters Presentations
256 Students Presenting
208 Judges Serving
Undergraduate researchers Kelsi McCracken and Allie Pratt stand together in front of Allie‘s poster at SURCA 2023.


We invite all WSU undergraduate students to participate! Presenting your work publicly fortifies your standing as a researcher and adds to your academic resume. Plus, SURCA awards are presented in nine SURCA presentation categories.

SURCA 2023 judge Alan Goodman evaluates a poster for a virtual presentation.


We welcome faculty members, post-docs, post-candidacy doctoral students, and professionals to sign up to judge presentations in one of the SURCA presentation categories. Serving as a judge is a great way to advance the scholarship of students and research standing of the university, as well as to promote your own field, program, and college. NOTE: There is required judging training for all post-candidacy doctoral students on March 21 at 10 a.m. or 3 p.m. in CUE 518–please check the SURCA calendar.

SURCA 2023 sponsor Robert Rieck listens to a presentation from undergraduate researcher Domenica Gachet.


SURCA thanks its generous sponsors, without whom this WSU tradition could not take place. Your contributions to SURCA directly benefit WSU students through awards for top presentations.

The entire group of SURCA 2023 award winners poses together on stage at the award ceremony.

WSU SURCA Gives 49 Undergraduates 43 Research Awards at Showcase

Of the nearly 200 Washington State University students presenting at the Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (SURCA) 2023 event on March 27, 49 received a total of 43 awards totaling $9,200. “We were very pleased to give 30 percent more awards—and more than an additional $1,000 —to deserving researchers this year.” said Jeremy Lessmann, director of the Office of Undergraduate Research, event host and part of the Division of Academic Engagement and Student Achievement in the provost’s office.

Thank You to Our Sponsors

SURCA 2024 is sponsored by Alturas Analytics, Inc.; Robert H. (’77 Engineering and Honors) and Mary L. Rieck; and the WSU Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President.

Logo Alturas Analytics, Inc., who is a generous SURCA supporter.

Portrait photo of Robert and Mary Rieck, who generously support SURCA.

Logo of the WSU Office of the Provost & Executive Vice President, which is a generous SURCA supporter.


SURCA is the only WSU-wide event featuring the faculty-mentored research, scholarship, and creative activities of undergraduates from all majors, grades, and campuses—work that makes an original intellectual or creative contribution to a discipline.  It is a symposium hosted by the Office of Undergraduate Research, which is part of WSU Division of Academic Engagement and Student Achievement. SURCA is part of the annual WSU Showcase, highlighting academic achievements across WSU.

SURCA judge Nancy Shrope poses next to a life size cutout of WSU‘s Butch Cougar mascot holding a welcome to SURCA sign.