Three months from now, curious crowds will stroll through the Compton Union Building Senior Ballroom, window-shopping for knowledge. On display will be discoveries and creative work of hundreds of WSU scholars.

The event is Academic Showcase, a poster session for WSU faculty, staff, and graduate and professional students from all WSU campuses. To share a poster of your scholarly achievements, apply now—before the Jan. 15 deadline.

“I encourage scholars across the University to join us for Academic Showcase,” said Vice Provost Laura Griner Hill, who co-chairs the Showcase Steering Committee. “It’s a unique opportunity to exchange knowledge and ideas with colleagues.”

This opportunity is offered only once a year. The 2020 poster session will take place on Thursday, March 26, at WSU Pullman.

By Jan. 15, every aspiring participant must submit a short (250 words or less) abstract of the work they plan to present.

The abstract should summarize original work recently completed at WSU. Because a wide cross-section of the community attends Academic Showcase, abstracts should be written using language that an educated lay audience would understand.

“Draft and submit your abstract before winter break,” advised Rebecca Van de Vord, assistant vice president of Academic Outreach and Innovation, who co-chairs the Showcase Steering Committee with Hill. “It may be easier to find time before the demands of spring semester begin.”

Academic Showcase runs concurrently with the Graduate and Professional Students Association (GPSA) Research Exposition, a combination poster session and scholarship competition for graduate and professional students from the WSU Pullman campus. Participants vie for $9,600 in awards.

The two events are part of a weeklong program known simply as Showcase, which honors scholarly achievements of the university community. Packed with poster sessions, competitions, and speeches, Showcase week culminates in a banquet, where WSU pays tribute to the outstanding work of faculty and staff.

Mark your calendar for the following Showcase 2020 events:

Tuesday, March 24

  • State of the University Address
    President Schulz highlights the University’s accomplishments of the past 12 months.

Wednesday, March 25

  • Distinguished Faculty Address
    The address honors a faculty member who has risen to the front ranks of his or her discipline through achievements in research, scholarship, and teaching. All are welcome.
  • 3‑Minute Thesis
    This competition challenges doctoral students to present a compelling oration on their thesis and its significance in just 3 minutes.

Thursday, March 26

  • Academic Showcase
    Faculty, staff, and graduate/professional students from all disciplines, campuses, and Extension offices statewide present their research, scholarship, or creative work to WSU colleagues.
  • Graduate and Professional Students Association (GPSA) Research Exposition
    WSU Pullman graduate and professional students vie for $9,600 in scholarship awards. GPSA Research Exposition runs concurrently with Academic Showcase.
  • Emeritus Society Legacy of Excellence Lecture
    A lecture will be delivered by the 2020 recipient of the Emeritus Society Legacy of Excellence Award.

Friday, March 27

  • Crimson Reads
    This event recognizes faculty, students, staff, alumni, and retirees who have authored, co‑authored, or edited a book within the past year.
  • Celebrating Excellence Banquet
    The University bestows a slate of awards to honor outstanding faculty and staff. It also recognizes newly promoted and tenured faculty.

Monday, March 30

For more information, see the Showcase website or contact event organizers at, 509‑335‑6674.