By Maegan Murray, WSU Tri‑Cities

Students will highlight semester course projects, research and art as part of the fall Undergraduate Research Symposium and Art Exhibition, Dec. 11 and 13 at Washington State University Tri‑Cities.

Members of the public are invited to attend as students present on their projects, which include the areas of history, political science, psychology, wine science, biology, fine art, English, mechanical engineering and environmental science.

Students will present posters of their research and course projects noon–1 p.m. both days in CIC 120. The art exhibition will be held from noon–1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, in the CIC Art Gallery.

“The Undergraduate Research Symposium and Art Exhibition provides our students with an excellent opportunity to practice communicating their research and course projects, which is an essential skill for when they go out into the professional environment,” said Allison Matthews, WSU Tri‑Cities clinical assistant professor of psychology. “We have a variety of great projects that will be on display.”

Some of the projects include:

  • Research on plant-mycorrhizal fungal interactions
  • Research on public health education programs for people who are at‑risk for developing Type 2 diabetes
  • An analysis of data from the Tri‑City Union Gospel Mission regarding client demographics, factors that influence homelessness and other related variables
  • Investigating heat transfer on a surface subject to nanoparticle coating
  • Nutrient limitation of algal and microbial biofilms in the Yakima Watershed
  • The effect of pesticides on algal and microbial biofilms
  • Cluster architecture and fruit composition as influenced by rachis tipping in wine grapes
  • Title IX in regard to procedures on campus
  • The Plastic Garden – a fine arts and engineering collaboration to construct a moving mechanical garden made of plastic and mechanical components