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Undergraduate research to be showcased March 25

Fifty Washington State University undergraduate science majors will display posters explaining the results of their research at the second College of Sciences Undergraduate Research Poster Competition on March 25.

The exhibit will take place in the Compton Union Building Ballroom. Student researchers will be available to explain their posters when the session opens to the public at 4:15 p.m. A program and awards presentation will follow at 5:30 p.m.

Guest speaker Ralph Yount, professor emeritus of biochemistry and former chair of the Department of Chemistry, will discuss the successes of former WSU students who were involved in research as undergraduates in a speech titled “Tales from the Past: Why Undergraduate Research is Important.”

The program will also include remarks by dean of sciences Michael Griswold and vice provost of research James Petersen.

“We encourage sciences undergraduates to participate in research projects in all of our departments,” Griswold said. “Some students get involved in research laboratories as early as their first year. Many of those participating in the poster competition this year have received either a research minigrant or summer internship support from the College of Sciences. We are looking forward to seeing the progress they have made on their projects.

“The poster competition showcases the accomplishments of our students. The event will be exciting and rewarding and will also provide important feedback to the students on their research. It demonstrates the importance we place on giving this opportunity to our students,” Griswold said.

Student researchers will be awarded prizes in four categories: biosciences, physical sciences, mathematics and interdisciplinary. Prizes, which are awarded to the top winners in each category, are $400 for first place, $250 for second place, $150 for third place and $100 for novice researchers.

Faculty members, emeriti faculty, postdoctoral and graduate students will serve as judges for the event. Refreshments will be served.

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