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Global Campus Student Charles Nevin presents his research at SURCA 2019. Select this photo to read more.

Each March, students from all six of the WSU campuses share their original academic work at the Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities poster competition, also known as SURCA. All WSU students have the option to present their work remotely or in-person at WSU Pullman. Undergraduate students from all majors and disciplines present the results of their research, scholarship, or creative activities as they compete for awards in eight categories.

Using the chart below, select a category to see examples of what WSU students from a variety of majors have presented at SURCA.  Read these and other presentation abstracts in the past SURCA abstract books.

Past SURCA Presentation Categories with Participating Majors and Poster Titles

Social Sciences

  • Accounting, Wheat Exporting Company Business Plan (2012)
  • Management Information Systems, Utilizing Social Networks to Address Needs of Caregivers of Autistic Individuals (2015)
  • Marketing, Development a Survey to Investigate Study Abroad Destination Choice (2018)
  • Integrated Strategic Communication, Teams, Guilds and Clans: The Effects of Social Influence on User Behavior and Attitudes in Video Games (2017)
  • Criminal Justice, How the Legalization of Marijuana Has Impacted Law Enforcement (2018)
  • Economics, Economics, Culture, and Obesity (2012)
  • Hospitality Business Management, The Customer is Not Always Right: Categories of Customer Service Sabotage (2012)
  • Human Development, Parent-Student Conversations in Response to a Student Conduct Violation (2018)
  • Humanities, Identifying Verbal Deceptive Cues within Interrogations of Serial Killers (2018)
  • Psychology, Latino/a College Student’s Transition Experiences: Collectivism to an Individualistic Culture (2018)
  • Social Sciences, The Invisible Struggle: Understanding the Stigma of Mental Illness and Its Roots (2017)
  • Economics, The Effect of Student Preferences for Coffee with Regard to Ethical Origins on the Supply and Market of Coffee (2016)

Engineering and Physical Sciences

  • Marketing, Mobile Foam (2014)

Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics and Information Sciences

  • Marketing, Computer-mediated Voice (2017)
  • Psychology, Usability Evaluation of Smart Home in a Box (SHiB) (2016)

Organismal, Population, Ecological and Evolutionary

  • Psychology, Negative Affective-like Cues and Escalated Alcohol Consumption in Mice (2018)


  • Accounting, What are the Impacts of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) on Financial Performance of a Corporation Based on Its Size (2018)
  • Management Information Systems, Back in Time: An Interpretation of Ancient “Antigone” for Contemporary Audiences (2016)
  • Human Development, Impacts of Teachers on Undocumented Students in Secondary and Postsecondary Education in the Pacific Northwest (2017)
  • Humanities, The Enemy within: an Organizational Evaluation of the Japanese Kamikaze Corps (2015)
  • Psychology, Organized Crime and the Six Billion Dollar a Year Industry (2018)

Arts and Design

  • Humanities, Cultural Expressions of Grief Through Art (2013)
  • Psychology, Cross Disciplinary Spatial Intervention – Psychology Advising Suite Redesign (2018)
  • Social Sciences, Synergy Builders: An Exploration in an Integrated Construction Environment (2013)

Molecular, Cellular, and Chemical Biology

  • Psychology, The Effect of CNO on Rat Happiness (2014)

Applied Sciences

  • Psychology, Goal Setting & Interventions in a Care Planning Context (2017)

How to Participate in SURCA

All undergraduate research and creative work presented at SURCA is faculty mentored. Students may work on a faculty member’s research team, or a faculty mentor may provide guidance to a student as they construct their own research questions, methods and analysis of results.

Between December and February each year, students apply to present their work at SURCA.  To apply, students must provide a brief abstract of their project and have their faculty mentor identified.

During SURCA, students’ work is evaluated by 2-4 faculty, staff, post-doctoral researcher, and/or community expert judges.  Students’ work will be judged by the information they provide in their oral presentation, their answers to judges’ questions, and the quality of their posters. Award winners are announced immediately following the poster competition and livestreamed via YouTube to remote presenters.

Watch the Undergraduate Research Information Session on-demand in the Global Connections Video Vault for information on how to get started with your own research.

Find more detailed information about participating in SURCA at

Student Support for SURCA

If you are interested in conducting a research project, it is best to start thinking about your research project and contacting faculty mentors early in the academic year.  The Office of Undergraduate Research website and Dr. Shelley Pressley, the Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research, are two excellent resources to help you understand undergraduate research and address any questions you may have on how to get started.

If you have questions on how to participate in SURCA as an online student, or need help finding a faculty mentor, please contact Dr. Shelley Pressley at

Find Out More

Visit the Global Connections SURCA FAQs page.

Benefits of Research and SURCA to Students

  • Knowledge and hands-on, “high-impact” learning experiences
  • Build resume with unique academic experience for graduate school applications
  • Confidence in one’s discipline
  • An understanding of how research fits into the larger picture
  • Professional experience with a mentor (very often a faculty member)
  • Understanding of how to apply theory learned in coursework to a real-world problem
  • Sharpened skills in critical thinking and communication
  • Confidence built by organizing, detailing, and presenting their work publicly
  • Feedback received from learned judges and the public about their work and how well they explain it
  • Chance to learn about the work being done by peers across the university
  • Opportunity to compete for prizes