Science students strut their stuff

Undergraduate research took center stage Friday, March 25, in the Compton Union Building Ballroom, when 50 Washington State University undergraduate science majors displayed posters explaining the results of their research at the second College of Sciences Undergraduate Research Poster Competition.

Faculty members, emeriti faculty, postdoctoral and graduate students served as judges for the event and awards were given to top presentations and research projects.

Guest speaker Ralph Yount, professor emeritus of biochemistry and former chair of the Department of Chemistry, discussed 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 also included 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 is exciting and rewarding and provides important feedback to the students on their research. It demonstrates the importance we place on giving this opportunity to our students,” Griswold said.

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