12th Annual Research Showcase kicks off April 16

Washington State University Vancouver takes the chance every year to show off the research of its undergraduates and graduate students. On Apr. 16, starting at 9 a.m., students faculty and staff will gather in the Firstenburg Student Commons, as well as Dengerink Administration Building Rooms 110, 129 and 130, to do so again.

The showcase highlights student research, scholarship and artistic expression. Events will include oral and visual presentation with an, awards ceremony and reception afterwards. The event will last from 9 a.m. until 4 pm and is free and open to the public.

Featuring work from 29 undergraduate and 40 graduate students, the different projects will be presented in the form of posters and podium presentations.

“The number of undergraduate and graduate students engaged in research on the Vancouver campus is impressive,” said Christine Portfors, interim associate vice chancellor for research and graduate education. “Most importantly, the quality of their work demonstrates the commitment to research excellence at WSU Vancouver.”
The presentations will be given from the start of the event until roughly noon where there will be an hour long intermission to give the judges time to assess each project.

Starting at 1 p.m. the awards ceremony will begin wherein the top three undergraduate and graduate presentations will chosen by a committee of faculty judges. The judges will be looking for the following criteria in each project: Significance to the authors field, presentation of logical ideas, methods of research design, visual impact, and how knowledgeable the author is with the work they are presenting. The first place winners of both the graduate and undergraduate categories will be given an additional three to five minutes to recap their presentation.

Following the awards ceremony, a small hour-long reception will be held for students, faculty, staff and guests to mingle, network and further discuss their work.

The research covers a wide variety of educational programs. Forty of the projects come from the Department of Arts & Sciences and include such titles as “Understanding Branding and Sub-Culture Identity Through Skateboard Graphics”, and “Public Perceptions on Jury Deliberation and Verdicts in Infamous Cases.”

Another 25 projects deal with the engineering field. Works in this category include “The Effect of Density on Volcanic Plumes,” “Development of Novel Detection Method using Charge Transport in DNA,” and “Facile Synthesis of Vanadium Oxide Nanowires.”

Two Projects cover the field of Nursing with “Assessing Healthcare Coordination in Oregon Correctional Institutions,” and “Evaluation of a Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine Provider Tool within a Northwest Tribe.”

The fields of Business and Human Development each have one project: “Mobile Food Vending Market Potential in Vancouver, WA” and “Slavic Families Speak about Health: Culture’s Effects on Family Nutrition and Health” respectively

More information on the showcase can be found at the events website http://admin.vancouver.wsu.edu/research/research-showcase. Dr. Christine Portfors, the interim associate vice chancellor for research and graduate education, is part of the program administration can be reached by phone at 360-546-9254 or via email at portfors@vancouver.wsu.edu

Featured Photo Credit: Holly Davis

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