SURCA: Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities.

SURCA 2024

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

Join us March 25, 2024 from 3:30-4:45 p.m.* in the CUB Senior Ballroom!

Please plan to attend SURCA 2024 in person! All are welcome — 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 categories! Doors will open to all guests promptly at 3:30 p.m.*

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

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 researchers and adds to your academic resume. Plus, SURCA awards are presented in nine categories.

The applications to present at SURCA 2024 has opened! The application will close on Tues., Feb. 20, 2024.

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 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 2023 was 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.