Emeritus Society announces five undergraduate research scholarships and two grants – WSU Insider


Washington State University Honored Society retired faculty members selected seven students to receive awards and grants to support their undergraduate research efforts, group spokesman Tom Brigham said.

“As retired professors of disciplines across the university, we believe it is important to do what we can to encourage student research, scholarship and creative pursuits,” Brigham said. “It allows us to contribute to the continued advancement of WSU, our community and the state.

“We are very honored to present awards to undergraduate researchers in five categories, and our new Arts and Humanities grant to our first two winners. “

Grant recipients

The recipients of the first undergraduate research fellowships of the Emeritus Society for the Arts and Humanities each receive $ 1,000 to support the research and creative exploration of undergraduate students in the arts and humanities at any time. what stage of project development, up to and including a final presentation. The objective of these scholarships is to encourage students engaged and studying the fine and performing arts; exploring modern and ancient languages, literatures, cultures, philosophy and history; and examining human culture and expression from perspectives defined in the wide range of interdisciplinary programs related to WSU. The recipients are:

Anya Guadamuz, student in musical performance and student at Honors College, who studies with advisor Sophia Tegart “Music of the Spheres: Using Astrological Symbolism to Explain Dualities in Music”.

Emma Ledbetter, a major in microbiology and a student at Honors College, who is researching with advisor Melissa Nicolas “The rhetoric of the communication of scientific information on COVID-19”.

Undergraduate research scholarships

The Society’s Emeritus Undergraduate Research Excellence Award is presented in categories spanning disciplines to encourage students of all majors to strive for academic excellence. Read the details of their research presented at the Spring Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creativities by entering their name in the search box. Ranked by award category, the 2021 recipients of this $ 500 award are:
Physical Sciences and Mathematics — Chelsea Weaver, major in Physics and Astronomy, researching with mentor Brian Saam on “Integrating the Fluxgate Magnetometer into the Experimental Setup of Spin-Exchange Optical Pumping and Measuring Paramagnetic Resonance Frequency Shift electronics’

Biosciences — Randi Richards, major in biology at WSU in Vancouver, studying with mentor Stephanie Porter “The evolution of heavy metal tolerance leads to UV tolerance in microbial plant symbionts”

Engineering and Applied Sciences — Chemical and Materials Science and Engineering and WSU Honors College student John Bussey researching with mentor John McCloy on “Characterization of Ash from Mount St. Helens for Use as a Lunar Regolith Simulant”

Arts, Humanities and Creative Activities – Jack Spencer Smith, major in music composition and music education, researching with mentor Gregory Yasinitsky “Hero, Op. 3: A French Overture for Wind Ensemble”

Social, Economic and Behavioral Sciences – Olivia Willis, Neuroscience and Psychology student and student at WSU Honors College, studying with mentor Cheryl Reed “Inspiring Transportation Career with K-12 Curriculum Activities”.

The Society Emeritus website has more information on this year’s awards and recipients.


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