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WSU SURCA Gives 43 Undergraduates 33 Research Awards at March 28 Showcase

The entire group of students who won an award at SURCA 2022 poses together on the stage of the CUB auditorium.

PULLMAN, Wash.—More than one-third of the Washington State University students presenting posters at the Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (SURCA) 2022 on March 28 will receive monetary awards for their top-quality efforts.

SURCA is the unique WSU-wide venue for students from all majors, years in college, and all WSU campuses to share their mentored research, scholarship, and creative activities, and have judges evaluate their work shown on a poster. At this year’s event, around 140 students from four campuses were among those accepted to present 112 posters to 90 judges. Faculty, postdoctoral students, and community experts used a common rubric to evaluate and score presentations across nine SURCA categories.

At the awards ceremony, 43 students from WSU Pullman and Vancouver and the Global Campus were announced as recipients of 33 awards. In total, nearly $8,000 will be given to them to support the efforts. » More …

SURCA 2022 Applications Open Through Feb. 22

A student points out results on their poster during a SURCA presentation.

A student points out results on their poster during a SURCA presentation.Washington State University undergraduates can submit abstracts now through Feb. 22 to present posters on March 28 at the annual Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (SURCA) 2022.

“SURCA 2022 will give students from every major, campus, and year in college the chance to share the results of their efforts with a mentor that made original intellectual or creative contributions in their field,” said Mary Sánchez Lanier, assistant vice provost. SURCA is overseen by the Office of Undergraduate Research, part of the Division of Academic Engagement and Student Achievement in the provost’s office.

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WSU Undergraduates Land 33 Research Awards at SURCA 2021 Presentation Event

More than a quarter of Washington State University students who delivered virtual presentations won monetary awards at the annual Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (SURCA) on March 29 in Pullman.

SURCA is the unique WSU-wide venue for students from all majors, years in college, and from all WSU campuses. Nearly 150 students from the Pullman, Vancouver, Spokane, and Global campuses delivered presentations detailing their research, scholarship, and creative activities conducted with a mentor.

Faculty, postdoctoral students, and community experts used a common rubric to judge and score all presentations in nine SURCA categories that are designed to cover all disciplines at the university. At the awards ceremony March 30, 52 students were announced as the recipients of 33 awards.

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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 2020 Abstract Applications Open Through Feb. 20

MEDIA: Shelley Pressley, Director, Office of Undergraduate Research, 509-335-5443, UG.research@wsu.edu

PULLMAN, Wash.—Washington State University undergraduates can submit abstracts now through Feb. 20 to present posters on March 30 at Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (SURCA) 2020.

The online form for students to submit abstracts and details about the event are at https://SURCA.wsu.edu.

“SURCA 2020 gives students from every major, campus, and year the chance to share the results of their efforts with a mentor that made original intellectual or creative contributions in their field,” said Shelley Pressley, director of the Office of Undergraduate Research. It is part of the Division of Academic Engagement and Student Achievement in the provost’s office. » More …

Forty-six WSU Undergraduates Land 37 Research Awards at the SURCA 2019 Poster Event March 25

Group photo of SURCA 2019 award winners posing on stage in the CUB auditorium.

MEDIA: Shelley Pressley, WSU Office of Undergraduate Research, 509-335-1214, spressley@wsu.edu

Group photo of SURCA 2019 award winners posing on stage in the CUB auditorium.PULLMAN, Wash.—Nearly a quarter of Washington State University students who delivered poster presentations won monetary awards at the eighth annual Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (SURCA) on March 25 in Pullman.

SURCA is the unique WSU-wide venue for students from all majors, years in college, and from all WSU campuses.

Heading into the afternoon event, 206 students from five campuses had been accepted to present 167 posters detailing their research, scholarship, and creative activity conducted with a mentor. Faculty, postdoctoral students, and community experts used a common rubric to judge and score all presentations in eight SURCA categories that cover all disciplines at the college.

At the concluding awards ceremony, 46 students were announced as the recipients of a total of 37 awards; one student received two awards. Awardees are from Pullman, the Global Campus, and campuses in Spokane, Tri-Cities, and Vancouver. » More …

SURCA 2019 Abstract Submissions Open til Feb. 25

MEDIA: Shelley Pressley, Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research, WSU Office of Undergraduate Education, 509-335-0014, UG.Research@wsu.edu

Beverly Makhani, Director, Communications for WSU Undergraduate Education, 509-335-6679, makhani@wsu.edu

Washington State University undergraduates can submit applications with abstracts now through Feb. 22 to present posters on March 25 at Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (SURCA) 2019.

The online form for students to submit abstracts, and details about the event, are available on the SURCA website.

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WSU undergraduates land 44 awards at SURCA 2018 on April 2

Wide angle group photo of all award winners at SURCA 2018

Of the 256 Washington State University students accepted to present 213 posters at the seventh annual Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (SURCA) event April 2, 54 took home 44 awards for their top presentations across eight categories.

At this WSU-wide venue for students from all majors, there were 20 winners of 17 $300 crimson awards, the highest possible; 27 winners of 20 $200 gray awards, the second-highest; 6 winners of 6 $100 novice awards, for students with up to two semesters of research work and who show exceptional promise; and, 1 recipient of 1 $100 early career award, given to freshmen and sophomores only. » More …

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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