By Maegan Murray, WSU Tri-Cities

RICHLAND, Wash. – Students will present on a range of research and course projects as part of the Washington State University Tri-Cities Undergraduate Research Symposium and Art Exhibition, noon-1 p.m. May 1-3 in the Consolidated Information Center on campus.

“We invite the public to join us for the symposium as it not only gives an insight into the incredible research and projects that our students have spent months and even semesters completing, but also provides students an opportunity to communicate those projects, further allowing them to practice the skills that they will take into their professional careers,” said Allison L. Matthews, clinical assistant professor of psychology and coordinator for the symposium.

Presentations will take place in CIC 120, with Thursday’s presentations also taking place in the CIC Art Gallery. Different projects will be featured each day of the symposium. More than 200 projects will be on display throughout the three-day event.

Academic areas highlighted during the symposium include: biology, chemistry, engineering, English, environmental science, history, political science, psychology, computer science, digital technology and culture, and fine arts.

wsu tri-cities undergrad research symposium 2017Some of the projects include:

  • Ecological restoration using DNA extractions from soil samples.
  • Tri-City Union Gospel Mission data analysis.
  • Artax: A distributed real-time informatics system for mass spectrometry.
  • Non-destructive tank inspection robot.
  • SAE Aero Design – engineering of a small airplane.
  • Interactive kinetic sculpture.
  • Impulsivity facets and substance use disorder symptoms.



  • Allison L. Matthews, WSU Tri-Cities clinical assistant professor of psychology, 509-372-7146,
  • Maegan Murray, WSU Tri-Cities public relations specialist, 509-372-7333,