This March, hundreds of WSU scholars will share their research and creative achievements at the poster session known as Academic Showcase. For those who aim to participate, the time to submit abstracts is now—by the Jan. 15 deadline.

Academic Showcase welcomes faculty, staff, and graduate/professional students from all disciplines, campuses, and Extension offices statewide. It offers a forum for presenting research, scholarship, or creative work to WSU colleagues.

Topics exhibited vary widely. A sampling of those explored at last year’s event includes genetics, agricultural practices, teaching and learning, medical sciences, chemical engineering, and literature.

“Academic Showcase provides scholars in every field the opportunity to share knowledge and achievements,” said Vice Provost Laura Griner Hill, who co-chairs the Showcase Steering Committee. “It sparks ideas for working across disciplines to solve problems.”

Running concurrently is the Graduate and Professional Students Association (GPSA) Research Exposition, a poster session and scholarship competition for WSU Pullman graduate and professional students. Participants vie for $9,600 in awards.

Both events will be held Thursday, March 26, at WSU Pullman.

Apply to participate by next Wednesday

“The January 15 deadline to apply for these events is just a week away,” said Rebecca Van de Vord, assistant vice president of Academic Outreach and Innovation, who co-chairs the Showcase Steering Committee with Hill. “I urge all who are interested in participating to apply now.”

Each would-be participant must submit an abstract of their research or creative activity by the deadline. Abstracts are to be brief: just 250 words or less.

Undergraduate poster session and competition

A separate poster session is dedicated to faculty-mentored undergraduate research. At Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (SURCA), freshmen through seniors from all majors, grades, and campusescompete for awards by sharing original contributions to their fields.

Full week of Showcase events

Academic Showcase is part of the University’s weeklong celebration of academic achievement, known simply as Showcase. Events include not only the poster sessions, but competitions, speeches, and a celebratory awards banquet.

  • The State of the University Address, delivered by President Schulz, highlights the University’s accomplishments of the past 12 months and discusses strategic priorities.
  • The Distinguished Faculty Address honors a faculty member who has risen to the front ranks of his or her discipline through achievements in research, scholarship, and teaching. The entire University community is invited to attend.
  • Three-Minute Thesis (3MT®) challenges doctoral students to present a concise version of their ideas and research discoveries to a lay audience. Contestants have just three minutes to deliver a compelling oration on their thesis and its significance.
  • The Emeritus Society lecture will be delivered by the recipient of the Emeritus Society Legacy of Excellence Award. This outstanding emeritus has contributed to academia, the University, the community, and mankind while in retirement.
  • Crimson Reads recognizes faculty, students, staff, alumni, and retirees who have authored, co-authored, or edited a book within the past year.
  • The Celebrating Excellence Banquet culminates the week of events. At this elegant dinner, the University bestows awards to honor outstanding faculty and staff.

More information

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