WSU Tri-Cities is the Northwest’s leading “Learn while Doing” campus that focuses on developing career-prepared graduates and offer collaborations with the nation’s top-performing laboratories. WSU Tri-Cities embraces a hands-on approach to learning. The classroom doors are opened and students work alongside world-class faculty, collaborate with innovative research labs, and network with internationally-known companies to solve complex problems, develop cutting edge technology and discover their career path.
Melanie Ford, a sophomore viticulture and enology, is working on ways to overcome climate change. She spent the last several years studying its effects on ecosystems in New Zealand cave environments. At WSU Tri-Cities, she researches climate change’s impacts on Washington agriculture, specifically wine and table grapes. She was recently honored with the Washington Campus Compact Presidents’ Award as part of the statewide Students Serving Washington Awards program. Read more…
As an undergraduate student, you can conduct research with WSU faculty mentors to create new knowledge, or add to the existing knowledge of your field. When we say “research,” we don’t mean just activities conducted in labcoats. It’s much broader than that. It’s “research, scholarship, and creative activity.”
Streamed live on Oct 13, 2016
Each semester the campus showcases student research and capstone projects. Faculty and students from across all disciplines present their posters, papers, and art work. The public is always invited to hear the presentations, explore the topics, ask questions and give feedback.
Some of the research projects in spring 2016 included:
Toxins in mussels and clams from harmful algal blooms in surface waters
Immigration, migration and ethnic identity explored through autobiographical accounts and family histories
Data analysis of a service learning project with the Boys and Girls club
Sensation seeking and how it is associated with less sensitivity to the effects of alcohol
Bridge design, building design and structural platform design
The Fall 2016 Undergraduate Research Symposium & Art Exhibition will be held on the following dates during finals week:
The WSU Tri-Cities STEM Scholars Program recognizes talented Washington high school students interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM fields). Each year, up to 10 STEM scholars are awarded $8,400 per year for 4 academic years towards tuition. Awarded scholars are part of the STEM Learning Community that supports a community of scholars that engage in service related and professional activities.
Each summer, Chancellor H. Keith Moo-Young awards three undergraduate students $3,000 each to work closely with a WSU Tri-Cities faculty member to conduct cutting-edge research. Daniel Cane, Eric Loeffler, and Zoe Klingle were the 2016 awardees.