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Undergrad researchers succeed with smart plug work
August 12, 2013

smart plug research

Joey Taylor works on his summer undergraduate research project at WSU.

PULLMAN, Wash. – When Joey Taylor signed up to continue his research on smart plugs this summer, the plan was to spend most of his time programming and testing the device’s ability to transfer data over power lines.


As it often goes in research, however, he ended up spending about two months reverse engineering the plug he was given to test.
“Figuring out how the plug worked was … well … an event,” said Taylor, a junior in … » More …

Summer undergrad research tracks natural gas leaks
July 30, 2013

PULLMAN, Wash. – While some college students spend their summers tracking down the perfect vacation spot, Alex Lambdin spends his tracking down methane emissions leaking from natural gas pipelines.


Lambdin, a senior in civil engineering, is one of more than 60 students from around the country and Washington State University participating in a research experience for undergraduates (REU) program at WSU supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF). In the WSU College of Engineering and Architecture, research areas include atmospheric chemistry, smart homes and mechanical and materials engineering.


NSF funds REU programs all over the country as a way of introducing undergraduates to … » More …

Movement sensor’s feedback acts as physical therapist
July 30, 2013

NSF REU study

Kindle, left, attaches sensor to study participant’s arm.

PULLMAN, Wash. – Brooks Kindle sits at his desk to demonstrate the simple stretch he has used all summer to collect data. He has divided the stretch into four parts: lowering his forearm to the desk, raising it back into the air, lowering it again and finally sitting back in his chair.


Kindle, a junior in computer science at Washington State University, does this stretch with a rectangular sensor about the size of a garage door opener attached to his arm. It collects movement data. … » More …

Undergraduate research symposium
October 6, 2008

PULLMAN — The second annual WSU Undergraduate Research Symposium is set for Oct. 17 in the Smith Center for Undergraduate Education on campus.


The deadline for submission of abstracts is Oct. 10.  Instructions, a template, and examples are available on the Web site at, said Dave Bahr, director of WSU’s Office of Undergraduate Research.


“This WSU-wide symposium is an awesome venue for students who are really digging into a subject with a faculty mentor to show others what they are doing,” Bahr said.  “The variety of what they might be working on is virtually without boundaries.  We hope students from freshmen through … » More …

WSU holds Undergraduate Research Symposium
October 31, 2007

PULLMAN – Freshmen through seniors from throughout WSU will participate in the first Undergraduate Research Symposium Nov. 9 and 10 on the Pullman campus. Monetary awards totaling $2,000 will be awarded for the best presentations and posters.

“There are numerous examples of undergraduate research, scholarship and creative activities taking place at our university, and the symposium offers a chance all students, from all colleges and majors, on all WSU campuses, to present their work to the community,” said Dave Bahr, director of undergraduate research.

The symposium will consist of two parts oral presentations and poster presentations. Students typically will participate in one or … » More …

Twelve faculty form new undergraduate research council
February 28, 2007

PULLMAN – A set of 12 professors from seven Washington State University colleges have formed the school’s first Undergraduate Research Faculty Council.“We are counting on the members to help us define ‘what is research?’ in terms of the undergraduate experience at WSU,” says David Bahr, director of Undergraduate Research, a core unit in the Office of Undergraduate Education.Bahr, an associate professor in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering in the College of Engineering and Architecture (CEA), chairs the group. Members of the council include: Wendy Brown, Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology, College of Veterinary Medicine; Lori Carris, Plant Pathology, College of Human and Natural Resource Sciences … » More …

Out of the classroom, into the world
February 16, 2007

Goal 1: Offer the best undergraduate experience in a research university Tom Westphal, 19, is not a typical WSU student, but in some ways he is a model student — a model of student engagement.He arrived at WSU in 2005 as a Regents Scholar and already had 20 units of college credit. He spent the summer of 2006 as an intern in Sen. Maria Cantwell’s office in Washington, D.C., and this semester he is studying international politics at the University of Wales.The native of Richland, Wash., has another D.C. internship arranged for this summer through the Washington Center, and he hopes to work at the … » More …