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$1.12M grant to help increase math teacher diversity

Silhouette of a person writing on a white board. William Hall, assistant professor of mathematics, knows the tremendous impact high school math teachers can have on how students learn to think and reason quantitatively, and that includes matters of civics, social justice, and fairness.

“It is not always clear that you can be passionate about those ideas and use a career in teaching high school mathematics to explore them further and serve your community at the same time,” he said. » More …

Where math and poetry intersect

James Owusu Asare.As a seven-year-old, James Owusu Asare developed an unusual hobby: he would sit quietly at home in Accra, Ghana, writing lines of poetry. By age 15, he realized he had a special ability and began to take it more seriously. But when it came time to go to university, Asare decided to study math even though it was his weakest subject as a child. » More …

Research and innovation highlights

WSU Spirit Mark.As COVID-19 swept the nation in March 2020, faculty with ongoing studies were required to put them on hold or pivot to make the research relevant to the pandemic.

“Science and teamwork are our best hope for a way forward,” said WSU President Kirk Schulz in October 2020. “I am incredibly proud of our faculty whose persistence and innovation will help us get through this crisis and prevent a future one.” » More …

Outstanding seniors excel in academics, leadership, service

Sean Swalling, Samantha King-Shaw, andMegan Wong.Writers, researchers, scientists, musicians, athletes, activists, adventurers… the 23 students who received this year’s Outstanding Senior honors from the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) excelled in academic performance and in service to their department or school and to the broader Washington State University community.

Among those honored for 2021 are Regents scholars, National Merit scholars, transfer students, and » More …

Computational tool can help identify gerrymandering

With state legislatures nationwide preparing for the once-a-decade redrawing of voting districts, a research team has developed a better computational method to help identify improper gerrymandering designed to favor specific candidates or political parties.

“We wanted to build an open-source software tool and make that available to people interested in reform, especially in states where there are skewed baselines,” said Daryl DeFord, assistant mathematics » More …

Undergraduate researchers earn 2021 awards

SURCA: Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities.Nearly 150 students from the Pullman, Vancouver, Spokane, and Global campuses were selected to present their faculty-mentored research, scholarship, and creative activities and compete for prizes at the the 9th annual SURCA event.

Fifteen CAS students won 10 different awards across seven categories at the 2021 event held online at the end of March. » More …

New student group partnering with WSU Police

SLRA members Jack Weyer, Andrew Green and Michelle Lee in front of the WSU Public Safety Building in Pullman.The Student Legal Research Association (SLRA) is helping evaluate data from WSU’s police department as part of measures to address racial disparity in arrests on the Pullman campus.

Michelle Lee, a political science pre-law major who was searching for volunteer experiences after the pandemic shut down courthouse internships in spring 2020, worked with WSU’s Pre-law Resource Center to jumpstart the association. Lee recruited other » More …

Vancouver, Tri-Cities 3MT competitors

3MT - Three Minute Thesis, Founded by the University of Queensland.

Several CAS graduate students from WSU Vancouver and WSU Tri-Cities vied for the honor of representing their campus in the 2021 WSU Three Minute Thesis competition.

Shawnee Kasanke, the semi-finalist from the WSU Tri-Cities campus, is a CAS graduate student in biological sciences. In her 3MT presentation, she explains how » More …

A thesis in three minutes

College of Arts and Sciences, Three Minute Thesis.A doctoral candidate in the School of Biological Sciences, Milica Radanovic took the top prize and People’s Choice awards in a semifinal round of Washington State University’s Three Minute Thesis contest hosted by the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) in Pullman.

Radanovic was one of five doctoral students who vied for the CAS Pullman » More …

Major strides in student success

Students working together.The five-year WSU Transformational Change Initiative (TCI) created an excellent model for boosting student success, and plans are in the works to continue improving the program.

“The intention is to help the students connect with opportunities that align with their values, play to their strengths, and move them toward their goals,” said Samantha Swindell, associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences and » More …