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Undergraduates tackle important questions in sciences, humanities

Bala Krishnamoorthy and Josiah Cowin.Reducing greenhouse gas emissions, relieving chronic pain, understanding protest behavior, and conserving wildlife are among the goals of eight undergraduate research projects funded this spring by the College of Arts and Sciences.

Students from across the college—in mathematics, chemistry, foreign languages, and political, psychological, environmental, and biological sciences—are working with faculty mentors to solve questions as diverse as » More …

New leadership for WSU undergraduate research efforts

Jeremy Lessmann.An experienced researcher, instructor, and student advisor and mentor, Jeremy Lessmann has been appointed as the director of the WSU Office of Undergraduate Research.

Faculty-mentored research activities benefits students in all majors and helps them engage deeply in their education. In any field, research can take the form of seeking resolutions to contested questions, creating original work, making empirical observations, using cutting-edge technologies, and more. » More …

Helping students succeed

A chemists hands holding liquid chemistry experiment.Senior zoology major Cassandra McElroen became a Chemistry 105 teaching assistant because she enjoys helping people and wants to provide students with a better understanding of the material.

Her role as a TA includes holding office hours once a week, where students can ask questions about anything chemistry-related. She also runs a lab section, where she helps her students run experiments and then » More …

Student set sights on law school

Climaco Abarca.When Climaco Abarca was 15 years old, he lost the ability to walk following a diving accident. While the event changed the course of the WSU Tri-Cities junior’s life, it did not stop him from going to college and helping others in similar circumstances.

With the help of mentorship through school, Abarca discovered a career in law was feasible even from his wheelchair, and would allow him to make a positive » More …

Two CAS outstanding seniors represent college at commencement ceremonies

Emily Paup and Nicole Craze.An aspiring international lawyer and a budding business analyst were honored as gonfalon bearers for the College of Arts and Sciences during separate commencement ceremonies Saturday at WSU Pullman.

Nicole Craze, a political science major who aims to become an attorney specializing in international law and diplomacy, carried the college’s shield-shaped banner at the ceremony celebrating WSU graduates of the fall 2021 semester. » More …

Analysis: No systematic agency bias in WSP traffic stops

Washington State Patrol car. In an analysis of five years of traffic stops conducted by the Washington State Patrol, researchers with WSU’s Division of Governmental Studies and Services (DGSS), with support from faculty from the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, found no evidence for intentional, agency-level racial bias.

“This research connects the expertise of Washington’s land-grant university to a pressing public issue,” said DGSS Director Christina Sanders. » More …

Q&A with first-generation students

Hagedor, Burley, Rangel, and Wesley.A WSU system-wide celebration of National First-Generation Day on Monday, Nov. 8, honored first-generation students, faculty, and staff on each of our campuses. Meet four of our extraordinary CAS students:

Angela Hagedorn, a junior majoring in history; Brian Burley and Alma Rangel, both seniors majoring in psychology; and LaShay Wesley, a senior majoring in digital technology and culture. » More …

Bringing awareness to Native American heritage

Ermia Butler.From a young age, Ermia Butler knew she would pursue a career that would support her tribe, but she didn’t quite know what it would be.

“I’m a first-generation student, but in high school I was supported really well,” Butler said.

An enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, Butler grew up in » More …

CAS staff, student honored with safety awards

WSU Spirit Mark.The annual system-wide WSU President’s Awards for Safety, Health, and Security recognize community members who contribute significantly to the well-being of the University. In 2021, three CAS staff members and one CAS undergraduate student were honored for their exceptional work. » More …

A new wave of aquatic biology technology

Students in a lab view frogs in a plastic tub.Bolstered by a $1 million upgrade in equipment and facilities, WSU researchers in biology, neuroscience, agriculture, veterinary medicine, and related fields anticipate significant breakthroughs in aquatic phenomics research with wide-ranging applications for human and animal health and ecology.

“The new aquatic phenomics system (APS) technology will enable rigorous » More …