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SURCA 2023 Division of Academic Engagement and Student Achievement

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. “Student participation topped our expectations, with the number of presenters up more than 36 percent over last year, which was our first in-person SURCA since the COVID-19 pandemic struck,” 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. “We were very pleased to give 30 percent more awards—and more than an additional $1,000 —to deserving researchers this year, as well.”

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Join Us March 27, 2023 from 3:30-4:45 p.m.* in the CUB Senior Ballroom!

Please plan to attend SURCA 2023 in person! All are welcome — whether you are a WSU student, faculty or staff member, or a community member — and learn about the undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activities conducted by our presenters! Doors 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.

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Also, you are invited to the SURCA Awards Ceremony that starts at 5:00 p.m. in the CUB Auditorium.


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.

Info for Presenters


We welcome faculty members, post-docs, and professionals to consider signing 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.

How to Sign Up


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.

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Thank You to Our Sponsors

SURCA 2023 is being 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.

Learn more about SURCA and its history →

Undergraduate researchers enter the CUB as the doors open for SURCA 2022.

Depiction of a map representing the floor plan in the CUB Senior Ballroom for SURCA 2023.