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Academic Excellence Showcase 2021!

In collaboration with the Hamersly Library, PURE is proud to announce that the 2021 WOU Academic Excellence Showcase (AES) will be held virtually on Digital Commons from Thursday,  May 27 to Jun 10, 2021. This two-week event is a great way to celebrate WOU students’ best work including research, scholarly work, capstone projects, creative arts, etc. This year’s theme is “Community Through Crisis”.

(Deadline May 15, 2021)

For details about the event, see Call for Submissions.

Research opportunities available to undergraduates

At WOU, we put a high priority on hands-on learning and research opportunities for students on the path to their bachelor’s degrees. While many universities reserve high-level research for their master’s and doctoral students only, WOU provides several chances for undergraduates to get the experience and skills they need to expand their post-graduation options.

You can partner with WOU faculty to create work for our annual Academic Excellence Showcase or submit research to our academic journal, PURE Insights, or both! Check out this site to learn more about the possibilities that await you in WOU’s PURE-sponsored activities.

Upcoming Events

PURE board meeting, online, 10-11 a.m.  04/08/2021, 05/13/2021, 06/10/2021

Academic Excellence Showcase 2021 Submission Open: Apr 15-May 15, 2021 

Academic Excellence Showcase 2021–Virtual Presentations: May 27-Jun 10, on Digital Commons

Academic Excellence Showcase 2021–Zoom Live Presentations: May 27-28; Jun 3-4, 10

Contact pure@wou.edu if you have any questions.

Why participants love PURE

I’ve been considering grad school, so when professor Dr. Emily Plec suggested I submit a paper I’d written in one of her classes to the PURE Insights journal, I jumped on the opportunity. For me, just the experience of submitting, editing, and navigating reviews was a great insight into what I could expect from a graduate program and doing media/culture research.”

Byron Kimball
Communications Studies major ’19

“AES is a great experience for WOU students! It provides them with the opportunity to develop their presentation skills in a professional setting and to be recognized by the entire campus community for their outstanding work.”

David Foster
Professor, Psychological Sciences Department

“As a student, one of the most rewarding things is seeing people appreciate and be interested in what you spent hours upon hours on. Being in AES gave me the opportunity to experience that and also honor my peers in a similar way,”

Eva Batenhorst
’19 Biology and Dance double major