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SURCA 2023 Division of Academic Engagement and Student Achievement

SURCA 2021 Features Undergraduate Researchers at Virtual Showcase March 29

PULLMAN, Wash.—More than 120 projects representing the mentored work of Washington State University students will be featured Mon., March 29 from 3:00-4:15 p.m. at the virtual Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (SURCA).

“We are delighted to welcome the WSU community and public to virtual SURCA 2021 to learn about our students’ efforts in research, scholarship, and creative activities,” said Mary Sanchez Lanier, assistant vice provost.

“They have pursued topics ranging from the ethics of DNA databases to spinach pests, from human-pain modeling to concert-band overtures, and from the effect of a fungal pesticide on honeybees to microbiome engineering. Spread over nine diverse categories, the breadth of subjects investigated is amazing.

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SURCA 2020 Abstract Book Posted Online

PULLMAN, Wash.—The Showcase for Research and Creative Activities (SURCA) 2020 abstract book of student projects is now available online, said Shelley Pressley, director of the Office of Undergraduate Research. It is part of the Division of Academic Engagement and Student Achievement at Washington State University.

In anticipation of the March 30 Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (SURCA), around 250 students submitted nearly 200 abstracts summarizing their work and results from mentored research, scholarship, and creative pursuits. Precautions associated with COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, led to SURCA 2020’s cancellation.

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SURCA 2018 set for April 2 features 250 undergraduate researchers; SURCA, Emeritus Society awards bound for top presenters

More than 250 Washington State University students will participate in the seventh annual Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (SURCA) on April 2 in the CUB M.G. Carey Senior Ballroom, announced Shelley Pressley, director of the WSU Office of Undergraduate Research.

Undergraduate research impact on WSU, fields

“SURCA 2018 will be packed with amazing presentations on research, scholarship, and creative activities that students have conducted with mentors from fields all across WSU,” said Pressley. “Around 250 faculty members and postdocs, as well as experts from outside the university, are needed to judge the presentations using a rubric. And, thanks to generous donors, prizes will be awarded once again to the best presenters from eight categories of entries.

“Most judging will be complete when the doors open to the public at 3:30 p.m. that Monday. We welcome everyone at WSU and from the community to come to talk to the student researchers and learn about the important contributions they are making to research at WSU and in their disciplines.”

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ASWSU student body resolution supports undergraduate research and SURCA

Portrait photo of Kevin Schilling

MEDIA: Mary Sanchez Lanier, Assistant Vice Provost, Washington State University, 509-335-2320,

Portrait photo of Kevin SchillingPULLMAN, Wash.—The Associated Students of Washington State University passed R46-14 on Feb. 1, a resolution supporting both undergraduate research and the Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity (SURCA), an annual spring poster event for freshmen through seniors college-wide.

The measure was introduced by Sen. Kevin Schilling, himself an undergraduate researcher who competed in SURCA 2016. He is one of four senators representing the College of Arts and Sciences on ASWSU.

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