WSU undergraduate research presents awards to 41 students

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The Washington State University Office of Undergraduate Research announced that awards to support mentored research, scholarship, and creative activity have been given to 41 students in 31 majors across four campuses for the 2023–24 academic year.

More than $60,000 was presented from among eight types or combinations of awards, said Jeremy Lessmann, office director. Students from WSU Pullman, WSU Tri‑Cities, WSU Vancouver, and WSU Everett are among the recipients.

Award names and recipients in alphabetical order by last name:


Auvil Scholars Fellowships

  • Felicia Adesope, WSU Pullman, majoring in acounting and management information systems, mentored by Robert Crossler
  • Christopher Card, WSU Pullman, majoring in history and political science, mentored by Jacob Lewis
  • Ryan Culp, WSU Pullman, majoring in neuroscience, mentored by Sindhuja Sankaran
  • Megan Dines, WSU Pullman, majoring in biology, mentored by Michael Konkel
  • Elaine Henson, WSU Pullman, majoring in anthropology, mentored by John Blong
  • Brigette Hinnant, WSU Tri‑Cities, majoring in English, mentored by Patty Wilde
  • Savannah Kahl, WSU Pullman, majoring in biochemistry and Spanish, mentored by Xiaofeng Guo
  • Sam Kindl, WSU Pullman, majoring in genetics and cell biology, mentored by Ryan Driskell
  • Kelsi McCracken, WSU Pullman, majoring in chemistry, mentored by Liane Moreau
  • Grace McLaughlin, WSU Pullman, majoring in genetics and cell biology, mentored by Ellie Armstrong
  • Nolan Middleton, WSU Pullman, majoring in genetics and cell biology and mathematics, mentored by Eric Shelden
  • Rogie-Ann Akira Park, WSU Pullman, majoring in elementary education and English, mentored by Ashley Boyd
  • Isabella Santiago, WSU Pullman, majoring in human development and psychology, mentored by Nicole Scalise
  • Caroline Schutz, WSU Pullman, majoring in psychology, mentored by Lisa Fournier
  • Tara Sullivan, WSU Pullman, majoring in political science, mentored by Jacob Lewis
  • Sophie Tomlinson, WSU Pullman, majoring in animal sciences, mentored by Martin Maquivar
  • Blake Vander Top, WSU Pullman, majoring in bioengineering, mentored by Tanner Bert
  • Mikayden Weise, WSU Pullman, majoring in chemical engineering, mentored by Bernard Van Wie
  • Jasper Willson, WSU Pullman, majoring in multimedia journalism, mentored by Lisa Waananen Jones

Scott and Linda Carson Undergraduate Research Excellence Awards

  • Ayiana Sapp, WSU Pullman, majoring in genetics and cell biology, mentored by John Wyrick
  • Corin Yanke, WSU Pullman, majoring in biochemistry, mentored by Ryan Driskell

Carson Undergraduate Research Excellence Award and WSU LSAMP Research Award

  • Olivia Witherspoon, WSU Pullman, majoring in basic medical services, mentored by Kanako Hayashi

WSU LSAMP Research Award

  • Mariella Anderson, WSU Pullman, majoring in chemical engineering, mentored by Dominic Scalise
  • Zoe Fichtel, WSU Pullman, majoring in mechanical engineering, mentored by Ming Luo
  • Brayan Oseguedavelazquez, WSU Pullman, majoring in bioengineering, mentored by Alla Kostyukova

WSU LSAMP Research Award  and TMP Washington Research Foundation/Boeing Research Scholarship Award

  • Sophie Shirali, WSU Pullman, majoring in neuroscience, mentored by Travis Brown

TMP Washington Research Foundation/Boeing Research Scholarship Award

  • Stephen Fawcett, WSU Pullman, majoring in microbiology and Spanish, mentored by Alan Goodman

Undergraduate Research Fellowship

  • Jacob Buursma, WSU Pullman, majoring in neuroscience, mentored by Kristen Delevich
  • Ben Cohen, WSU Pullman, majoring in wildlife ecology and conservation sciences, mentored by Caren Goldberg
  • Olivia DeGrave, WSU Pullman, majoring in biochemistry, mentored by Erica Crespi
  • Leila Farbod, WSU Vancouver, majoring in neuroscience, mentored by Allison Coffin
  • Sita Ganugapati, WSU Pullman, majoring in public relations, risk and crisis communication, mentored by Paul Bolls
  • Carl Heiland, WSU Everett, majoring in data analytics, mentored by Sergey Lapin
  • HarleyJo Holman, WSU Pullman, majoring in zoology, mentored by Lisa Shipley
  • Lyndell Martin, WSU Pullman, majoring in computer science and mechanical engineering, mentored by Ming Luo
  • Matteya Proctor, WSU Pullman, majoring in neuroscience and psychology, mentored by Maureen Schmitter-Edgecombe
  • Lily Prouse, WSU Pullman, majoring in biochemistry, mentored by Pilar Fernandez
  • Dylan Salus, WSU Pullman, electrical engineering, mentored by Dominic Scalise
  • Scott Stevison, WSU Pullman, genetics and cell biology, mentored by John Wyrick
  • Christina Ward, WSU Pullman, majoring in agricultural technology and production management, mentored by Clark Neely

DeVlieg Fellowship

  • Loren Abbey, WSU Pullman, majoring in chemical engineering, mentored by Su Ha

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