Undergraduate Research Grant Competition

The Office of Research Advancement and Partnerships is pleased to announce its 1st Undergraduate Research Grant Competition. WSU undergraduate students, working with a faculty mentor, can submit a research proposal that they would like to perform during their undergraduate academic tenure. Selected finalists will be required to give a 5-minute presentation on Tuesday October 12th during the 2021 Research Week.

Research, for the purposes of this competition is defined as “mentored research and other scholarly and creative activities that make an original intellectual or creative contribution to their discipline.


Join us!

Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at 3pm

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Undergraduate Grant Presenters:

Chase Baerlocher – Entomology 
Micaela Rodriguez Moncayo – Neuroscience
Lauren Forseth – Chemistry
Petra Jonson – Mechanical and Materials Engineering
Emily Dale – Neuroscience
Fidelia Lare – Chemistry
Hannah Peha – Dept. of Crop and Soil Sciences
Katherine Busiek – Chemistry
Olivia Molano – Neuroscience
Tami Robertson – Psychology

Award Details
A 1st place and a 2nd place award will be given. The 1st place award includes $1,500 for the student and $5,000 for the faculty mentor overseeing the project. The 2nd place award will include $1,500 for the student.


Current WSU undergraduate students from all campuses and all majors are eligible to apply.

There must be a reasonable expectation that the proposed work can be completed during the student’s undergraduate tenure at WSU.



Application DueSeptember 16, 2021, 5:00pm
Research Week PresentationsOctober 12, 2021
Awards RecognizedOctober 14, 2021, 3:00pm


Application and Presentation Guidelines
Written applications are due September 16, 2021 at 5pm.

The written application must include the following:

  • Applicant Student’s name and email address
  • Faculty Mentor’s name and email address
  • Degree program
  • Project title
  • In lay language, and in no more than 1000 words, discuss the proposed project.
  • Attach a short letter from faculty mentor committing to help the student in the proposed project.

Students are recommended to use the following outline in their application:

  • Introduction/Background: Describe the problem or need you are attempting to address. Communicate what has been done about this issue to date and what is missing or what is the next logical step to address this issue. Emphasize why it is important to fill this gap and how thigs would be different if this problem were solved. Explain why you or your group should be selected to perform this research and not another team.
  • Plan and Approach: Explain your plan and your methodology. If an experimental setup has been or must be designed, describe the design. Be as specific as you can about your methods for collecting and analyzing data.

A panel of reviewers will select finalists for the public presentation to be held during Research Week.


Please submit any questions concerning the guidelines, proposal or review process to the program coordinator, Emily Brashear, at emily.brashear@wsu.edu.


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