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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

Sharing Undergraduate Research Experiences, Cancelled. 01/28/2020

PURE board meeting, RWEC 108, 10-10:50 a.m. 02/13/2020

PURE board meeting, RWEC 108, 10-10:50 a.m. 03/12/2020

PURE board meeting, Room TBA, 10-10:50 a.m. 04/09/2020

Faculty & Staff Open and Sponsored Session and Event Request Deadline: LAST DAY, online, 11:59 p.m. 04/22/2020

Student Presenter Registration & Abstract Deadline: LAST DAY, online, closes 11:59 p.m. 05/01/2020

PURE board meeting, Room TBA, 10-10:50 a.m. 05/14/2020

Academic Excellence Showcase, Campus Wide, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., 05/28/2020

PURE board meeting, Room TBA, 10-10:50 a.m. 06/11/2020

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


Academic Excellence Showcase 2019 Schedule!

In an effort to be more environmentally conscious PURE has moved the program for AES to an online format! By clicking on the link below you will be lead to the Sched where the program is now housed. If you have any questions, please feel free to email us.

AES Schedule 2019     AES Proceedings 2019

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