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Math undergrads meet to solve real-world problems

Presenters discuss their research with conference visitors. How human and animal diseases spread, how trees move in wind, and how confined fluids flow are among topics of research conducted by undergraduate mathematicians from across the Pacific Northwest who met recently at Washington State University to discuss their work.

Students and faculty from six universities in Oregon, Montana, Idaho, and Washington joined dozens of WSU peers at the » More …

Preserving the “Land of Origins”

Stone monoliths.Scattered across southern Ethiopia are thousands of mysterious stone monoliths rising as high as 20 feet.

“We don’t know who built the stelae in southern Ethiopia or why,” says Addisalem Melesse, a WSU doctoral student in archaeology. “However, the research we are doing at WSU is starting to shed light on the monument’s history and the people who built them.” » More …

Visiting scholar develops projects with Vancouver lab

Erika reading Talan Memmott’s “Lexia to Perplexia”The Electronic Literature Lab (ELL) at WSU Vancouver is a unique physical space where scholars can study born-digital media on the computers for which the works were originally produced.

This spring, Erika Fulop, a senior lecturer at Lancaster University (UK) and a specialist in French e-lit, spent three weeks at » More …

Emeritus Society funding for undergraduate research

Daisies and Bryan Tower.Through the WSU Emeritus Society, retired faculty members continue to support student success and empower experiential learning. In 2022, four arts & sciences students were selected to receive an undergraduate research or scholarship award from the society, along with funding to continue their independent projects. » More …

Q&A with Xiaofeng Guo

Xiaofeng Guo.An emerging expert in nuclear thermodynamics, Assistant Professor Xiaofeng Guo recently received an NSF CAREER award as well as an Early Career Achievement award from the WSU College of Arts and Sciences.

His research focuses on materials critically important to the nuclear fuel cycle and the safe long-term storage of nuclear waste. His unique thermodynamic techniques are applicable to many fields and he regularly contributes to natural geologic systems, chemical engineering, » More …

CAS undergraduate excellence recognized at SURCA

SURCA awardees on stage.Students in the College of Arts and Sciences took home almost half of all the 2022 Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (SURCA) awards.

SURCA is a WSU-wide event for students from all majors and all WSU campuses to share their faculty mentored activities, and receive feedback from » More …

National honor for microscope inventor

A recognized authority on compound semiconductors and the recipient of two U.S. patents, Professor Matthew McCluskey has been named a Senior Member of the National Academy of Inventors.

Researchers at universities and in the laboratories of companies like Samsung and General Electric use high-end » More …